Are 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.
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.
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.
Bridge City Explosion
This is a show choir group that consists of singers and dancers who entertain at Indian Hills and community functions. They perform lively selections from Broadway, Hollywood, and popular music.
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 >>
Our faculty members are outstanding musicians, experienced performers, and educators who provide a challenging and enjoyable learning atmosphere.
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. Laura Wiebe is an associate professor of vocal music. She directs the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and the Indian Hills Staff Choir, and teaches courses in voice and music theory. Laura received her B.A. in music from North Park University, Chicago, her M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and her D.M.A. from the University of Iowa in choral conducting and pedagogy. Laura is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the College Music Society.
phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1833 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1833