Office of Alumni Engagement

Sonja Schultz-Fryer

My hometown when I was a student was

Grand Rapids (Wyoming), MI

I graduated in

1979

I studied

Music, Education, Theatre

I currently live in

Grand Rapids (Wyoming), MI

I am now

a music teacher.

Since graduating from Alma

I am currently going into my 42nd year as a Middle School Band director in Grand Rapids Public Schools. In my spare time I have been doing political activism. I recently organized and participated in two protests against the confederate statue in Allendale, Michigan. Here is a link to the news article from mlive where I am quoted. Note also 4 Alma grads in the front row of the 1st and 2nd pics including my son Nathaniel Fryer.

https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2020/07/protesters-counterprotesters-sing-and-sometimes-clash-at-controversial-west-michigan-civil-war-monument.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mlivedotcom_sf&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2NN3jknggU0wcMfIYVoZclxlehreyABnhFC0IbIb-3jsgmQZT_5_MZmEw

My Alma education

Going to a small Liberal Arts college helped define who I am today. I am active in my community, and I still love teaching.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

I spent much of my time in the music building practicing. Many of my fondest memories were there and also in the Dow auditorium. That is where Theatre productions were held.

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Jack Bowman

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

My senior thesis was to be the musical director for the first ever musical performed with a live pit orchestra. I did this along with my friend Steve Wylie. He directed the musical and I conducted the pit orchestra. We did “Anything Goes.” Many of our friends were cast in this production. It was the highlight of my years at Alma.

What I've been doing with music since I graduated:

I have taught Middle School Band for 41 years and I am teaching piano privately.