Meet Abby Schmidt
My name is Abby Schmidt and I will be an Adjunct Instructor in the Music Department teaching the Choral Union course during the 22-23 school year. I grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Hortonville High School. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The University of Miami in Florida and my Master’s Degree in Music Education from The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Throughout my career I have taught many different things including middle and high school choir, middle school band, elementary general music, jazz choir, show choir, musical theater, and steel drums. I began my career teaching in the Hortonville Area School District and taught there for 13 years before moving to my current position as high school choral director at Winneconne High School. This year will be my 9th year teaching in Winneconne. I also enjoy being involved in performing groups and have been a member of newVoices Chorus in Appleton, acted in many community theater productions, and played in various area instrumental ensembles. I live in Greenville with my husband and my 6 year old daughter who will be in Kindergarten this school year. My husband is also a music teacher and currently teaches middle school and high school band in Weyauwega-Fremont. In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and our cats. I am excited and honored to be joining the Ripon College community this year.
Briefly describe a favorite assignment or in-class activity.
I love the rehearsal process of starting a new piece of music and hearing it come to life.
What’s the best advice about teaching you’ve ever received?
People will forget what you say but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Three words that best describe your teaching style:
Creative, collaborative, driven