Voting is for:
- State Secretary Position (two year term)
- District Chair positions in the Northwest district (three year term)
- District Chair positions in the Metro East district (three year term)
We are thrilled to announce this lineup of these exceptional candidates that are eager to support our growing professional organization. Please take the time to become familiar with the reasons they wish to serve by clicking on their profiles listed below.
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Meet the Candidates
Sarah Abelsen is an Elementary Music Specialist and Choir Director at Minnewashta Elementary (Minnetonka), and serves as the K-8 Department Chair for Classroom Music in Minnetonka. Sarah also works at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (Excelsior, MN) where she directs the Cantate (2nd-5th grade) and Young Voices Choirs (PreK-1st grade). Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College and lives in Chanhassen, MN with her husband (and fellow choir director) Mark Abelsen, and their four children.
Miriam Augsburger holds a B.A. in Music Education from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. She received her M.A. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, studying under Dr. Timothy Stalter. Miriam is in her ninth year of teaching, and has taught at all levels K-12. She is currently the choir director at Delano High School in Delano, MN. Miriam volunteers as a church musician and is active as an accompanist.
Dwight Jilek, after graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, was Vocal Music Director for six years (2005-2011) in Minnesota at Northfield High School before attending Michigan State University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting. He completed his doctoral studies in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas, and was the Assistant Conductor to the Dallas Symphony Chorus from 2013-2016. He is now the Director of Choral Activities at Bemidji State University.
Erynn Millard is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has directed choirs of all ages during her career. Before moving to the Fargo Moorhead area, she taugh with the Newport News Public School system in Virginia, with elementary, middle, and high school appointments. She holds a PhD from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, and an MME and BM from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
John Habermann is in his seventeenth-year of teaching at Mounds Park Academy where he directs five curricular choirs (grades 7-12), teaches voice lessons, and is the vocal coach for the annual musical. Since 2012, he has served as the choir director at Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ. John graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas.
Amy B. Johnson has been teaching at Coon Rapids High School since 2006. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2005 and earned her Masters of Music in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2014. While at Coon Rapids, she has worked with all curricular ensembles, assistant directed the musical for the past decade, and also taught music exploration. Understanding and teaching students from all backgrounds and skill levels is her passion and professional goal.