Choir Teacher With High Future Aspirations
April 27, 2017 By:Hunter Watson
From the McNary Piper, April 2017 Edition, written by Cindy Jiminez
Mr. Joshua Rist is the current choir teacher at McNary High School. According to Rist, he was a homeschooled student until the 10th grade, he then attended Linn-Benton Community College, which offered a program for high school-aged students to take classes toward a high school diploma and earn college credit for upper-level courses. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts in music and Master of Arts in teaching at Oregon State University. Rist decided to become a choir/music teacher because of his love for music. “I love choral music and people, so I thought I could help people through my love for music,” Rist said. Rist loves the McNary community and has enjoyed being a teacher here. “I love McNary, I think it’s a perfect fit for me,” he said. Like everything, being a choir teacher has its pros and cons, and according to Rist, there are more pros than cons; one of the pros being that he gets to work doing what he loves to do. “I love to be able to do things with students I truly care about and get to make connections with people that mean a lot to me, but like everything, it gets challenging at times, but I guess it’s just like everything. Nothing in life is easy,” Rist said. According to Rist, one of his long-term goals and aspirations is that he wants to be the best choir teacher that he is capable of becoming, continuing to write a new choral piece every year in the future, as well as going back to school for his doctorate, and eventually become a professor of music education at a university. Rist’s best advice to give to students is to create a legacy of excellence, kindness, and enthusiasm with the time they have as a highschool student.