Evan Heer, Tenth Muse Staff

If you have ever heard Josh Harbaugh tell a story, you know that you can never be quite sure what to expect. But still, Josh always seems to find a way to put a smile on the faces of those he talks to. He has a unique ability to mix his strikingly-positive charisma into his nonfiction narratives that results in a story that is sure to brighten your day.

“Josh, tell me a story about you.”

“What kind of story do you want, Evan?”

“I don’t even know. Anything.”

“Okay, so in high school, I wanted to be a robotic engineer or technician.”

It’s clear that Josh is not on the path to becoming a robotic engineer, but this example is a good symbol of Josh’s personality – he’s versatile and passionate. His interests guide his actions, and when he sets his mind to something, he goes for it. Having worked at farms, wineries, the Crusader Café, and many other places, it is clear the Josh is a jack of all trades.

“During my senior year, I decided I wanted to help people, and I have no idea where this idea came from, but I became dead set on becoming a physical therapist.”

This is what led Josh to Clarke University, where he has continued to walk down several different academic paths including physical therapy and psychology before landing in the music department, where he found his real passion and purpose.

“I then sang for the music department, once. This is my first time, ever, publicly singing, alone, and I was picked up by the music department at the beginning of the next semester… So not only could I not read music at the beginning of that first semester as a music major, I didn’t know any foreign languages. So, I was learning Italian, and how to read music, and how to sing in a classical style all at the same time. It was a whirlwind. It was hard, but I assumed if I could get through that, I could stick it out. And, now I’m graduating with a music degree.”

So, next time you see Josh, stop him, and ask for a story. Who knows? He may even sing it to you in a Classical Italian style.