Blake Mechtel (B.S. Music Education, 2020) accepted a job teaching choir at Rutland City High School and Middle School. Throughout his time at Duquesne, Blake always knew that he really wanted to teach high school choir and move out of state. He could never have expected that his determination to teach high school choir would lead him to cold, snowy, and maple syrup-filled Vermont! Blake received his job offer in the first week of April and drove to Vermont in August to teach 8th through 12th grade choir at Rutland City High School and Middle School. Blake teaches four different classes during the day: 8th grade chorus, Chamber Singers (auditioned ensemble for grades 9-12), Choir (grades 10-12) and Chorale (grade 9). He also runs an a cappella group called "Verbrato" (name chosen by students) and is the academic advisor to the Tri - M Music Honors Society. On teaching during this unusual time, Blake says, "The pandemic has made music classes hard, but still manageable. We can still hum inside and create some music for our ears to enjoy!"
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