Local man's college journey filled with music
Joshua Engelman is about to graduate from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. The senior from Beavercreek celebrated his senior flute recital on March 22 and has also appeared throughout his college years as part of the school's symphonic band. He recently toured various Southern California locations with the band.
He's been playing the flute for about 10 years.
"I started playing in elementary school," he said.
He also plays the piccolo and currently is first piccolo for the symphonic band and orchestra.
"I came into Wheaton as a flute performer my freshman year and added the piccolo."
He has also composed a few pieces as well as a full-scale musical production in high school.
Engelman chose Wheaton because of its Conservatory of Music and his professor has encouraged him to stay in music after graduation.
"He wants me to continue pursuing music. I intend to, but not as a career. Music and making music is something to celebrate," he said.
However, later on in his life if he has the opportunity to study, he may pursue more in music, but it's more likely to be a more practical pursuit.
"If I get the opportunity I might pursue graduate school in business, but now is not the time, maybe after a couple of years," he told the Pioneer.
His current passion, though, came about the summer of his freshman year when he was looking for a job. He got one at Nordstrom Rack, helping men buy clothing. "I'll be looking for something in men's fashion. I found working at Nordstrom for a couple of years really fun, and I'm hoping to find a career in retail and move into marketing and public relations."
Engelman is the son of Barry and Karin Engelman, who own a tree farm as a sideline business. The family grows Douglas Firs for firewood.