Senior Spotlight: Melanie Johnson Posted on April 12th, 2021 by

The “Senior Spotlight” series honors graduating fine arts majors for their contributions to the Gustavus community.

Melanie Johnson is a music and psychological science double major from Belle Plaine, Minn. She will work as an infant teacher at a child development center post-graduation. Associate Professor of Music and Jazz Area Director Dave Stamps says, “Melanie is one of the most outwardly positive (and witty!) people I’ve ever met. She is one of those rare people you just know will be successful at whatever they decide to do in their life. It has been an absolute joy to have Melanie playing trumpet and flugelhorn in the jazz ensembles at Gustavus!”

We asked Melanie to give us a little insight into her time at Gustavus and what her future plans are.

What’s a favorite memory you have from studying music at Gustavus?

MJ: Any time on tour to Colorado or around Minnesota!

What do you look forward to most about life after Gustavus?

MJ: Sleeping, but in actuality starting my future.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give high school students considering Gustavus?

MJ: You will make lifelong friends and create lifelong memories.

What is the most interesting class you’ve taken at Gustavus and why?

MJ: I took a psychology course about self compassion and thought it was super interesting to focus on positive psychology!

What professor has made the biggest impact on you and why?

MJ: Dave Stamps is one of the kindest men I have met. He is so passionate about jazz and his students. He cares about each and every one of us and is invested in our lives outside of jazz.


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