Amy Peek has found her calling in music and church leadership.
Junior music major Amy Peek had never been in a college theatre performance until this past October, when she was a chorus member in LaGrange College production, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Still, Amy was consulted regularly during rehearsal because of her extensive music background.
“It was interesting to have them openly ask me about keys or about what measure it was, and for them to call on me for questions at theatre rehearsal when it’s not my major,” she says. “It was really productive to have a lot of music majors in ‘Sweeney Todd’ because it definitely was a hard musical to learn.”
From Moultrie, Amy played the piano and worked with the youth in her church, and she had been involved in church musicals before she began attending LaGrange College. She also had been in several musicals at Colquitt County High School as a member of the choir.
“I knew I loved music from playing in church, but studying theory and being so involved in choir at my high school was what made me want to study music in college,” she says.
Now at LaGrange, Amy is working toward a bachelor’s degree in church music with a minor in church leadership.
“I know the Lord has called me to some type of ministry,” Amy says. “I’ve been working with the youth here in LaGrange at First Baptist Church on the Square and want to work eventually in some type of mix with youth and music, maybe a youth choir position.”
Amy began taking organ lessons after becoming a student at the college and also is taking voice lessons.
“I started taking organ and voice to help me prepare for a job in the church music world,” Amy says.
“Knowing what I want to do after college also is helpful because I know where to focus when choosing what religion classes to take, like Christian Hymnody and Congregational Leadership.”
Amy serves on the leadership team for Baptist Collegiate Ministries on campus and has been involved with the organization since her freshman year.
“Baptist Collegiate Ministries is a huge part of my college experience and has given me so many opportunities to minister not only to college students but high school and middle school students as well,” she says. “It has provided me with mentors to help me grow in my faith and a solid friend group to support and encourage me.”
Amy also is a LaGrange College Hilltopper, one of a group of select students who give campus tours to prospective students and their families. She is a member of the LaGrange College choir and the Student Government Association Senate.
With two other friends, she competed with other student teams to live in the college’s Sustainability House, a 1920s bungalow near campus that has been restored with extra insulation, a tankless water heater, low-flow toilet, compact florescent bulbs, and water-saving aerators on the bungalow’s faucets.
The young women serve as ambassadors for sustainability by constantly finding ways to conserve energy and live organically. One of them is planning a fashion show with re-purposed clothing, while another has created a box garden.
Attending LaGrange College definitely runs in Amy’s family. Her two older brothers also attended the college, as did her sister-in-law.
“I’d been here so much with my brothers that I knew this was where I wanted to go,” she says. “I never considered anywhere else.”