Spring 2012 TRINITY Magazine, Real World Success
Christian Lopez ’09
Minor: Church Music
Title: Doctoral student and graduate assistant, University of Southern Mississippi
Christian Lopez has continued his study of music since graduation from Trinity and his days of performing for the College’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. Today he assists his advisor Dr. John Wooton with the percussion studio, teaching percussion lessons, playing for various ensembles, and working with concert logistics. In 2011, he earned his master’s degree at the University of Redlands in California.
Academics and faith: “Trinity taught me a lot about the importance of diligence in one’s workplace and helped me to grow intellectually as I had to pursue multiple paths of knowledge at once and succeed at all of them. Spiritually, my theology classes elicited several questions in my mind about God that I had not contemplated before college and which helped me to understand my Creator better.”
Prepared to reach goals: “After Trinity, I earned a master’s degree in music performance and am enrolled in my second year of doctoral work. My preparation to accomplish my goals has involved a lot of hard work in educational institutions such as the National Conservatory of Music in my country of Ecuador, Trinity Christian College, and the University of Redlands. I would love to find a place in a major symphony orchestra and teach college.”
More than music mentors: “Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music at Trinity, set a very good example for excellence in my life—professional excellence, Christian excellence, academic excellence, ethical excellence, and more. He also became a friend to me to the point that he and his wife were able to stay in my house in Ecuador one summer and meet my family. Dr. Kenneth Austin, another professor of music, was one of the most supportive professors I have ever had with his always-cheering words.”