Today’s Major Monday introduces you to Mr. Koopman. He is a member of the theology department, teaches Music Seminar and A Capella, and is our campus minister.
1. What was your college major and where did you go to college?
I received a BA in Music (with an emphasis in vocal performance) and minored in Theological Studies from Hanover College in Madison, IN. I then went on to study for my MA in Theology at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL. Finally, I just finished my Med in Secondary Education at Providence College in Providence, RI.
2. Was this your original major? If not, what was your original major and why did you switch?
Music was my original major. My dad sat me down the summer before my senior year of high school and asked me what I would study if money was not the number one concern. Without hesitation, I said music performance. Knowing that I wanted to major in music played a large (but not decisive) role in my college decision. At the end of my undergraduate studies, however, I found myself at a crossroad, either pursuing music or pursuing theology, and I ultimately chose theology.
3. What made you choose your major?
I chose music because I loved music, especially singing! I wanted to know more about it: how to perform it well, what it was composed of, the historical aspects, and so on. I still love music, but I realized toward the end of college that, while I loved music, I did not want to dedicate my life to performing music. Through my studies, I had discovered an intense desire to study theology and to share it with others (to teach, I suppose you would say), which is why I sought the advanced degrees.
4. What were your favorite college classes?
I always enjoyed my music performance classes most, from our Chamber Singers to my weekly vocal lessons. As I moved along in my college career, I also discovered a passion I had not known before in my theology classes. In fact, to be quite frank, I would often neglect my music work (not the performance aspect, but the real academic work, such as my Music History courses), in order to read more materials for my theology classes. Even today, while I enjoy performing music, I enjoy studying theology.