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.

Performing and Visual Arts Calendar

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 Concert Choir

This 40-50 voice non-auditioned choir is open to any IHCC student. The Concert Choir performs 4-5 concerts each academic year, with a wide variety of choral literature and styles including classical, folk, spirituals, music theatre, and popular music. Rehearsing through the fall, winter, and spring terms, the group performs a fall concert, a holiday concert, a show tunes cabaret with the theatre department, and a spring pops concert, and participates in the Ottumwa community Martin Luther King Jr. celebration each January.

Chamber Choir

This auditioned 12-18 member choir is a smaller, extracurricular choral group. The group performs at the same concerts as the IHCC Concert Choir, as well as for various college and community functions. To audition, contact Dr. Janene Sheldon at

Men's and Women's Choirs

These two choirs are student-led choirs under the supervision of Dr. Janene Sheldon. The choirs explore literature written specifically for men’s and women’s choirs, and give music students the opportunity to conduct and lead rehearsals. They regularly perform in concert with the IHCC Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as the occasional community performance.

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
As the Professor of Choral Music, Dr. Sheldon teaches Music Theory Lab, Applied Voice and Piano, Music Appreciation and Music Fundamentals, directs the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and supervises the student-led Men’s and Women’s choirs. Dr. Sheldon received her B.A. in Music Education from Kearney State College (now UNK), and her M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1833 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1833

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