Music Faculty & Staff

Director of Vocal Activities

Dr. Fred Kiser
380 Cedar Hall

B.M.; Bradley University, M.M.; University of Missouri – Columbia, D.M.A.; University of Iowa

Fred has directed choirs at several colleges in Iowa and Missouri, and loves working with choirs of all age ranges and abilities. He is also the Artistic Director of the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale. Fred’s research emphasis is 17th century Italian Vespers music. He directs the Concert Chorale and teaches music fundamentals and appreciation.

Director of Instrumental Music

Joe Perea

375 Cedar Hall

B.M.; University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, M.M.; University of North Texas

Joe is the new director of Instrumental Music. A seasoned community college instructor, he has joined the music faculty after previous appointments at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California and the Dallas County Community College District. He is an active performer, adjudicator and clinician. He has performed in symphony orchestras and wind bands throughout the United States, including the University of North Texas Wind Symphony directed by Eugene Corporon and the Dallas Wind Symphony directed by Jerry Junkin and the late Frederick Fennell.

Visual & Performing Arts Advisor

Karla Scriven
Arts and Humanities Department Coordinator
336 Cedar Hall
A.A.; Santa Monica College, B.A.; University of California, Los Angeles

Originally from Venice Beach, California, Karla’s extensive theatre background includes performance art, performance theory, cultural studies and world arts. She is also a trained dancer in ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco, and Mexican folklorico. Karla is a proud member of the Cedar Rapids Visual Arts Commission.

Applied Music Faculty

Dr. Allison Holmes-Bendixen Voice, Vocal Seminar
Ben Laur Voice
Jessica Saunders Voice
Lena Nichols Piano
Dr. Seong-Sil Kim Piano
Beth Hoffman Violin, String Ensemble
Jessica Altfillisch Viola
Jeannette Welch String and Electric Bass
Lisa Wissenberg Clarinet
Greg Morton Oboe and Bassoon
Bruce Western Saxophone
Andy Harris French Horn
Dan Towey Guitar
Juan Carlos Mendoza Voice
Rose Bishop Flute
Evan Fowler Trumpet
Dr. Robert Parker Low Brass
Joe Perea Percussion