Faculty Spotlight Friday!
Meet Michael Katterjohn
Mr. Katterjohn has been the percussion instructor at Augusta University for 27 years and the Wind Ensemble director for the past 3 years.
“If there is one thing I have learned in my long lifetime, it is to love and love deeply. Whether it is family, friends, pets, music, life or your God, life is too short for hatred or not loving to the fullest extent of your being. “So, these three things continue: Faith. Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is LOVE.” (I Corinthians 13:13)”
Michael A. Katterjohn is currently the conductor of the wind ensemble and percussion instructor at Augusta University. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Wheaton (Illinois) College and his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. During the past 25 years, Mr. Katterjohn has played with the Augusta Symphony, Augusta Choral Society, Augusta Opera, Augusta Players, Fort Gordon Dinner Theater, Savannah River Winds and many churches in the area.
Mr. Katterjohn has been active as a conductor in Georgia and Illinois. He has 39 years of experience teaching and conducting at all levels of education, from middle school to college. The highlight of his conducting career was guest conducting the symphonic band at his alma mater, Wheaton College, conducting a piece by his favorite composer, Philip Sparke. The highlight of his career playing percussion was performing in the Wheaton College Percussion Ensemble 45th Anniversary Concert. He was one of the charter members of this group in 1972.
Mr. Katterjohn is an active arranger for concert band, jazz band, marching band and orchestra as well as smaller ensembles. He has three arrangements published through LifeWay Publishing Co. for church orchestra: "Worship Chorales," "Praise to the Lord Almighty," and "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." In addition to writing music, he wrote the percussion chapter for the book, The Instrumental Resources for Church and School, published by LifeWay Church Resources.