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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Music Industry

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Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/music/_OldPages/

The success of any college program hinges just as much on the quality of the students as the quality of instruction. Here are some of the students you'll meet.



Eliseo de la Torre

Eliseo de la Torre

What are your main instruments? Guitar and voice.

What's your Music Industry career ambition? Artist management and music recording.

What has surprised you the most, here? How much I was able to learn about myself, with the help of my professors. It truly has been a great experience so far.

What musical super-power would you like to possess? To master any musical instrument and any technology associated with those instruments.


Gena Johnson

Gena Johnson

What is your main instrument?  Voice.

What's your Music Industry career ambition?  I will complete the Audio Production Specialist degree. I believe that hardware and software is a tool to assist artistry, not an end in itself. I want to produce music that moves people.

What has surprised you the most, here?  The department is like a family.  Everyone is interested in your success. At the same time, there is constructive competition which pushes you to the next level.

What musical super-power would you like to possess?  To write the perfect lyric in 15 minutes.


Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson

What is your main instrument? I sing. And I challenge myself to learn a new instrument every year or so.

What's your Music Industry career ambition? To become a successful producer/creative director for artists.

What has surprised you the most, here? Learning how little I knew about the music industry when I started.

What musical super-power would you like to possess? I would love to be able to sing four part harmony all at once – a barber shop quartet wherever I go. A one-man-band.


Sammi Johnson

Sammi Johnson

What is your main instrument? Voice and piano...both. And I dabble a lot.

What's your Music Industry career ambition? Concert production and promotion. I love being able to put all the small details together.

What has surprised you the most, here? It's really easy to make friends and get involved. And the faculty are willing to help students in any way they can.

What musical super-power would you like to possess? I just wish I could whistle …


Jordan Ashbacher

Jordan Ashbacher

What is your main instrument? Voice

What's your Music Industry career ambition?  To be a music supervisor for major motion pictures, TV, or advertising.

What has surprised you most, here?  The number of opportunities available to work hands-on with real industry clients.  And you can work on your own personal goals - create your own legacy.

What musical super-power would you like to possess?  The power to take any track and reshape it until it is a hit song.


Chelsea Phillips

Chelsea Phillips

What is your main instrument? Voice (alto).

What's your Music Industry career ambition? Anything that combines music and marketing.

What has surprised you the most, here? The way the Music Industry program can be tailored to different student skill sets.

What musical super-power would you like to possess? The power to make all of life into one big, choreographed musical.


Andy Kunz

Andy Kunz

What is your main instrument?   Guitar.

What's your Music Industry career ambition? Music supervision, and to create my own company.

What has surprised you the most, here?  The amount of opportunity I have been given in a very short time.

What musical super-power would you like to possess? Being able to play my guitar so fast that it gives me the ability to time travel.