Meet Mr. Evan Mills High school Music Director Elementary Band Teacher
Evan Mills brings new ideas, an abundance of talent and a can-do attitude. He comes with high recommendations from his past professors.
Evan Mills grew up in El Dorado Hills, California, a suburb of the Sacramento area. He grew up in the public school system and spent two years at Folsom Lake Community College in Folsom, CA. He is a recent graduate of Concordia University in Irvine California, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in music education and music performance in the spring of 2017. He also received his Lutheran teaching certificate by completing the Christ College program. During his time at Concordia he was a member of several different musical ensembles including choir, men's chorus, hand bells, percussion ensemble, wind orchestra, jazz band, and worship band. He had the opportunity to travel to several locations on various music tours including Germany, Austria, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, and Arizona. At Concordia he studied voice, piano, and focused primarily on his guitar playing. He has been playing guitar for over ten years and specializes in modern acoustic fingerstyle music that he showcased in his junior and senior recitals. He has previously worked for Concordia's music/theater department and as a private music teacher in the Orange County area teaching a variety of instruments.
Outside of music he enjoys film, video games, bike riding, swimming, and traveling, He aspires to have a long career working at Lutheran schools or churches and one day wants to earn a master's degree in guitar performance.
After living in southern MN for one week, Evan says, “ I feel pretty at home in southern Minnesota. It really isn’t that different in California. I lived next to large park and woods when I grew up. It was a cool place to grow up.”
“The first year I attended Concordia I became interested in the opportunity Lutheran schools have in performing sacred music—which I really like. Growing up attending public schools, I didn’t have that freedom. One of my professors asked me why I wasn’t enrolled in the Christ College program if teaching Sacred music was something I really wanted to do. That is the event that set me on my life path.”
In addition to teaching elementary band at St James, Northrop; St Paul, Fairmont; and St Paul’s, Truman, Evan is interested in giving guitar and beginning piano lessons.
“I am very excited for my first year of teaching and my first time living outside of California!” says Evan.
We are confident that Evan will bring an exciting collection of repertoire to our music program for all to enjoy.
God has given all of us talent which we have been instructed to use to the best of our abilities. Music is one of the greatest gifts from God to His people and Martin Luther High School provides the opportunity for students to use this gift to praise and honor Him. Music is truly a universal language, which provides the opportunity to better understand other cultures both past and present. The study of music provides the opportunity to enhance the creativity of the individual, to develop aesthetic sensitivity and self-expression.
The students will:
1. Have the opportunity to use their musical talent to praise and worship God.
2. Learn to appreciate both sacred and secular music that edifies the spirit.
3. Strive for worthy relations and interrelations within the group.
4. Learn to understand the structural elements of music.
The goals in Performing Arts-Music will be achieved through:
1. The sharing and strengthening of their faith with each other in an open environment.
2. The rehearsing and performing of quality literature.
3. Sharing their talents in worship service, tours, concerts and community events.
4. Using quality literature and methodology in order to strengthen ear training, learn music terminology, learn improvisation and develop rhythmic reading skills.
Practicing for the Homecoming Parade--A new experience!