Music at Indian HillsAre you interested in exploring music as a career? Perhaps you simply enjoy music for its own sake. Whatever your motivation, Indian Hills offers many opportunities for you to develop your skills and express yourself. Students of all ability levels, regardless of whether they are majoring in music, are encouraged to participate in the many music-related opportunities Indian Hills has to offer.

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Ensembles and Performance Opportunities

Students at Indian Hills Community College have many opportunities to perform in some of the region’s finest college music ensembles, in small groups, and as individual soloists.

Indian Hills Jazz Band and Warrior Basketball Band

This ensemble allows students to perform a variety of musical styles, including jazz, rhythm and blues, Latin, and pop. Much of the music for the group is arranged specifically for current members. Previous experience in jazz or improvisation is not required.

The band performs a concert each term in St. John Auditorium, at the annual Holiday Concert in December, and with guest artists at the annual JazzFest. The group also performs at several college and community functions. During the winter months, the Indian Hills Jazz Band performs extensively at all IHCC home basketball games at the Hellyer Student Life Center.

Indian Hills Community College Chorus

This group performs four concerts each academic year, demonstrating a wide variety of choral literature and styles. Rehearsing throughout the year, the group performs a basic concert, a holiday concert, a popular show tunes concert, and a costumed Renaissance concert.

Chamber Choir

This is a smaller, extracurricular choral group that is filled through auditions each fall. The group performs at the same concerts as the IHCC Chorus, as well as for various college and community functions.

Private Lessons

Private lessons in voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and jazz improvisation are available to all Indian Hills Students.


The music area is located in the Arts and Sciences complex on the Ottumwa Campus. There are several classrooms and numerous piano-equipped practice rooms. The facilities are located next to St. John Auditorium which is one of the finest performance facilities in southeast Iowa.

Performing Arts Scholarships

Scholarships are also available for Indian Hills Performing Arts students. Find out more >>

Faculty Contacts

Our faculty members are outstanding musicians, experienced performers, and educators who provide a challenging and enjoyable learning atmosphere.

David Sharp
A full–time professor of instrumental music and jazz, David teaches courses in music theory, music appreciation, and jazz appreciation, and directs and arranges music for the Indian Hills Jazz Band. His background includes a B.M. from the University of Miami (Florida) and an M.M. from the University of Nebraska.
phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1836 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1836

Dr. Janene Sheldon
phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1833 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1833

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