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

Claudia Anderson portrait
Applied Music Associate: Flute

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

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

Applied Music Associate: Jazz Saxophone
Bostwick, Stacey

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

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

Applied Music Associate: Cello
Applied Music Associate: Bagpipe
Applied Music Associate: Low Brass
Applied Music Associate: Guitar and Jazz Bass
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

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
Director of the Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir
Laver Mark
Assistant Professor

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

Assistant Professor
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

Associate Professor

Eric McIntyre is a versatile artist who maintains careers as a composer, conductor, instrumental performer, and educator. He currently serves on the faculty of Grinnell College where he conducts... read more

Applied Music Associate

Applied Music Associate- French Horn

tony perman
Assistant Professor

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
Applied Music Associate
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

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

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