Scott Metzger is one of the many students at Geneva College who has found a way to incorporate his major into an extracurricular activity. For Scott, it was making a connection between his studies of communications and public relations and New Song, Geneva’s traveling music and drama ministry.
“That’s exactly what New Song is about,” says Scott Metzger. “It’s about communicating with people in their churches and in their homes.”
Scott grew up watching New Song perform around his native city, Pittsburgh, Pa. The ministry drew him in at a young age and after befriending a few of the members his freshman year, it wasn't long before he auditioned for the group. He’s been a member ever since.
Scott quickly found his place in New Song and used the skills he was picking up from his communications classes to fill the role of public relations manager for the group. This experience allowed him to have great conversations and communicate Geneva’s mission to pastors and prospective students at each concert.
During his two years in New Song, Scott was fortunate enough to go on three tours. His first tour with New Song took him all around the Atlantic Seaboard, from South Carolina up through New York. His second entailed the Midwestern United States and Canada, and his third took him all the way to Cyprus.
Scott describes these tours as holding some of his fondest memories.
“Traveling with eight other college students and spending that much time with them, allowed some really great friendships to evolve over the last two years,” says Scott. “I would say all fifteen people I've shared the experience with are among my best friends and I see myself keeping in touch with all of them after we've gone our separate ways.”
He acknowledged that there were some really hard times where he was challenged in more ways than one, but the good always outweighed the bad by a landslide and he has learned more about himself then he ever thought possible.
“The experience is not for everyone,” Scott says, “It’s long and hard, but it’s also a real blessing, and an overall fun time. I wouldn't trade my two years in New Song for anything.”
- by Rima Warren
Scott graduated from Geneva in May 2008. He began working for Zamagias Properties in downtown Pittsburgh after graduation and is currently the Leasing Assistant for the company.
Music business students have the opportunity to participate in the Contemporary Music Center Program in Nashville, Tennessee.