Stan Dahl – Percussion
- Choir, Music History and Theory, Conducting (Chair)
Kathryn Duffy chairs ther music department, directs the Grand View choir and teaches courses in Theory and History of Music, Music Appreciation, and Conducting. She believes in challenging students to explore the richness of music and to claim this richness in their own life – whether as a part of a career in music, an avocation, or just as an informed and interested listener. To that end, she seeks out ways to help students nurture their intellectual curiosity and allow themselves to be fully engaged by their subject matter. Beyond the academic arena, she enjoys a good mystery, traveling, needlework, and spending time with her husband, Steve, and two sons, Paul and Mark.
Lois Harms – Piano, Clarinet, Organ
Joy Harrison – Voice, Music Education
Charles Miranda – Strings
John Nielsen – Voice, Music Education
– Double reeds, Saxophone
Sue Odem received a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Master of Music degree from Drake University. She is a member of the Des Moines Symphony and performs frequently with church, university, and choral groups throughout central Iowa. She enjoys working in a number of chamber ensembles - the Des Moines Symphony Woodwind Quintet, the Bruch Trio, the Amadeus Trio, Lyric Winds, and Oboelisk, a double reed ensemble. She is also an adjunct instructor of double reeds at Simpson College and Central College, in addition to teaching a large private studio of oboe and bassoon students. At Grand View, she gets to explore what music means in other cultures when she teaches Musics of the World.
Aaron Powell has a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2003) where he studied with Douglas Niedt. He is also an alumni of Simpson College (1999), graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education. He has been an instructor of guitar at Grand View since the fall of 2005. He has performed as a guitarist with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Playhouse and Des Moines Symphony. He appears in recital in various fine arts series and forums throughout the state and in the midwest. He has appeared as a performer in the master classes of notable guitarist such as the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Sergio and Odair Assad, Antigoni Goni and Christopher Parkening.
Sonya Siebert – Piano
– Band, Brass, Instrumental Methods
Richard Thimmesch began playing trumpet in his school band in 1963, and hasn't stopped playing yet! Music is his passion! He graduated from Ankeny High School, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and master's degree from Southern Oregon University in music education. After conducting marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, pep bands, pit orchestras, and teaching lessons to every kind of instrument, he retired from public school teaching, and started teaching music at the university level. Performing remains a significant part of his life as he performs with the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, A Touch of Brass, and at many civic, church, and private functions.
Jeanne Witt – Flute
(See the faculty section under Visual and Performing Arts for more information about full-time music faculty.)