Music Faculty

Blanche Johnson Professor of Music

Department Chair : Music

John Christian Rommereim is Blanche Johnson Professor of Music at Grinnell College, where he conducts the Grinnell Singers and the Grinnell Oratorio Society, and... read more

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Applied Music Associate: Flute and Director of Fresh Flutes

Claudia Anderson is known for her originality and brilliance as a solo and chamber music performer across the U.S. She is a founding member of the innovative flute duo ZAWA! and of New Prairie... read more

Abby Aresty
Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Music

Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty investigates the world through its sounds, creating powerful sonic explorations from even the most mundane objects.  Her work crosses paths with diverse... read more

Bostwick, Stacey
Applied Music Associate, Lecturer
Applied Music Associate: Percussion

Stacey Bostwick-Ramirez is currently a faculty member at Grinnell College and Des Moines Area Community College. She has presented clinics for the Percussive Arts Society and the Illinois Summer... read more

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Associate Professor
Director of Collegium Musicum

Jennifer Williams Brown (musicology) is a specialist in the history and performance of Baroque music, particularly 17th-century Italian opera. In 2008 she received the Claude V. Palisca Award,... read more

Bryant Linda
Applied Music Associate: Organ, College Organist
Fred Buck
Applied Music Associate: Banjo

Fred Buck is currently a AMA of Music at Grinnell College, where he currently teaches banjo, resphonic guitar (Dobro) and mandolin. He played piano and accordion in his youth and became interested... read more

Assistant Professor

Jee-Weon Cha is a music theorist with interests in analysis and interpretation of 19th- and 20th-century music, music perception and cognition, music aesthetics and semiotics, and the history of... read more

Yoo-Jung Chang
Applied Music Associate: Cello

Yoo-Jung Chang, cello, is an active performer, teacher, and orchestra player. Chang featured as a soloist with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra as the second prize of the Gail Newby Concerto... read more

Rob Clower
Applied Music Associate: Bagpipe

Rob Clower has been teaching Highland bagpipes for more than 40 years. His students play in pipe bands throughout that U.S. and abroad, many also competing successfully as soloists. In 2007, Rob... read more

Robert Dunn
Applied Music Associate: Guitar and Jazz Bass

Robert Dunn is an adjunct professor of classical and jazz guitar at the UNI School of Music. He is also a member of the UNI Suzuki School, teaching guitar. In addition, he teaches classical guitar... read more

Ashley Eidbo
Applied Music Associate: Double Bass

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Ashley Eidbo began playing the bass at age ten. She earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of Minnesota as a student of Chris Brown, and an master... read more

Applied Music Associate: Jazz Voice and Director of Latin American Jazz Ensemble

Gabriel Espinosa was born in Merida, Mexico. His love of music began at a very young age. With the help of his mother he began playing the guitar at the age of six.          

 By the age of... read more

Associate Professor

Eugene Gaub joined the faculty at Grinnell College in 1995. He is a pianist who also teaches courses in music theory and music history.
As a pianist, Eugene Gaub's solo repertoire... read more

Nancy Gaub
Applied Music Associate: Violin

Violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub has had a varied career as soloist, recitalist, chamber player, and orchestral musician on three continents. She is a Lecturer in Music at Grinnell College, where... read more

Marlys Grimm

Marlys Grimm attended Sheldon High School and Central College, where she studied piano with Donald Gren. She has collaborated at Dordt, Northwestern, Grinnell and Central colleges in student and... read more

Associate Professor, Emeritus
Applied Music Associate: Voice
Barry Jones
Director of the Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir

Barry Jones has been the full-time director for the Young, Gifted, and Black (YGB) Gospel Choir since the fall of 2006.  He served the roles of guest director and interim director during the three... read more

Laver Mark
Assistant Professor
Director of Jazz Ensemble

Saxophonist and ethnomusicologist Mark Laver is Assistant Professor of Music at Grinnell College, where he directs the jazz band and teaches classes on jazz and popular music. As... read more

M Lutch

In addition to serving as adjunct instructor of the Grinnell College Symphonic Band, Mitchell Lutch is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa. In... read more

Applied Music Associate: Harp

Kristin Maahs is an experienced musician who performs extensively throughout Central Iowa. As an active harpist she has performed with Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Symphony, Ames Children's... read more

Casey Maday

Casey Maday, trombonist with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Northern... read more

Eric McIntyre
Associate Professor
Director of Grinnell Symphony Orchestra

Eric McIntyre maintains careers as a conductor, composer, instrumental performer, and educator.  At Grinnell College he teaches music composition courses and directs the Grinnell Symphony... read more

Applied Music Associate
Applied Music Associate: French Horn

Guinevere McIntyre has held positions as Assistant Principal horn with the Charlotte Symphony, Co-principal horn with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, Principal horn with Houston’s progressive... read more

Nicolas Miguel
Applied Music Associate: Voice

Nicholas Miguel, Baritone, is a versatile singer who has performed on the operatic stage, in the concert hall, and in choral ensembles. Stage credits include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Sam in... read more

tony perman
Assistant Professor
Director of Zimbabwean Mbira Ensemble

Tony Perman (ethnomusicology) is a specialist in the music of Zimbabwe and the semiotics of music and emotion. He has received degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (PhD), the... read more

Lisa Ponton
Applied Music Associate: Viola

Lisa Ponton received her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. As a full merit scholarship recipient, she earned her Master of Music... read more

Associate Professor
Applied Music Associate: Piano
Pat Smith
Applied Music Associate

Pat Smith started playing guitar in 1969 and began teaching in 1974. Growing up in the Chicago area he has always been deeply in to Blues and R&B music. Attended two years at Coe College... read more

Applied Music Associate: Trumpet
Professor, Senior Faculty

Javanese gamelan music is Vetter's primary research area. He has published articles on this subject in journals such as Ethnomusicology and Asian Music, and authored a website documenting the... read more

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Dr. Melinda Westphalen received her Bachelor or Music degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she studied with Professor Robert Lawrence.  She went on to receive both her Master of Arts and... read more

Jennifer Wohlenhaus
Applied Music Associate: Bassoon and Oboe

Jennifer Wohlenhaus is the Principal Oboist of the Des Moines Symphony.  She holds a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music... read more

Colin Young
Applied Music Associate: Classical Saxophone and Clarinet

Colin Young is a concert saxophonist and educator living near Des Moines, Iowa. An active solo and chamber musician, Colin performs regularly with the piano trio Tres.  He also performs with the... read more