The Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble

DMVAE Members Meet The Singers

Peggy Aerisolphal

Peggy Aerisolphal has been a member of DMVAE for 17 years. She is also an alto section leader for the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Peggy shares the same hometown, Hastings, NE, as two other members of the Vocal Arts Ensemble. She graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS with a degree in Elementary Education. Now in her 37th year of teaching, Peggy currently teaches Kindergarten at Hubbell Elementary School. She has two married children living in the Des Moines area with her two grandchildren.


Peggy Aerisolphal

Amy Anderson joined DMVAE as a soprano in 2011. Despite growing up in a very small Iowa town, she had the opportunity to begin private voice lessons with soprano Rosemary Gast at age 12. Amy continued in Gast's studio for ten years, including four years at Wartburg College, where she earned a music degree and sang with the Wartburg Choir under Dr. Paul Torkelson. Following a year of volunteer work with AmeriCorps for an arts-based youth organization in Seattle, Amy moved back to Iowa to pursue an MA in School Counseling. She currently works as a 6th grade counselor for the Southeast Polk school district. Amy has been a lifelong accompanist of church choirs and soloists, and playing piano is one of her favorite pastimes, along with reading, trying new restaurants, and traveling to see family and friends.

Anne Anderson

Anne Anderson joined DMVAE in 2012. She grew up in Waukee, Iowa where she started her singing career in the Des Moines Children's Chorus. Anne continued to develop her love for singing by participating in all music activities in middle school and high school. Anne had the opportunity to perform for Simon Estes and sing with Waukee A Capella choir at two ACDA conferences. Once graduated, she studied Music Education at Doane College, where she was elected Doane Choir President. Currently, she is teaching her second year at Bondurant-Farrar School District as the kindergarten music teacher. Anne and her husband reside in downtown Des Moines where they enjoy many social activities with family and friends.

Jennifer Beach-Buda

Jennifer Beach-Buda, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, has been an active chorister and soloist for over thirty years.  She sang with the Masterwork Chorus in the greater New York City area with many performances given at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. After moving to Des Moines and starting a family she enjoyed singing in the chorus of Des Moines Metro Opera productions and in DMMO Guild fundraisers. She was a frequent soloist with the Des Moines Choral Society and St. Paul's Music Academy.  She is one of the original Howells Scholars at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Des Moines and was the soprano section leader at St. Paul's from 1996 to 2013. She was the High Holy Days Quartet soprano at Temple B'nai Jeshurun from 1997 through 2010. Jennifer served on the board for six years and supports DMVAE's online presence.

Emily Chafa

Emily Chafa began singing with the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble during the 2010-2011 season. She also sings in the Plymouth Church Chancel Choir and the Chorale. For many years, Emily was a singing member of the Des Moines Choral Society and served 2 years as President of that organization. During the day, Emily is an administrative law judge (ALJ) for the State of Iowa's Department of Inspections and Appeals. Emily and her husband Brad live in Johnston with their son Shane. She spends her free time attending Shane's baseball games, Iowa Cubs games and enduring Cyclone football. She served on several state and local nonprofit boards over the years, and is currently Vice President of the Polk County Bar Association and Secretary of the DMVAE Board of Directors. She occasionally sings the national anthem for Iowa Cubs games and other events.

Barbara Cortesio

Barbara Cortesio grew up in Centerville, IA and was the primary piano accompanist during her high school years. She was classmate Simon Estes’ first accompanist and has remained a close friend for over sixty years.

After graduating from Northern Iowa with a minor in music, she went on to become mother of four children, one of whom is a professional Boston musician. She opened a piano studio in 1980 and taught piano for twenty-three years. In 1990 she became the Music Director of St. Augustin Catholic Church, a position she held for nineteen years. In 2009 she obtained a certificate in theology from the University of Notre Dame, concentrating in liturgical studies. She has sung in various community vocal groups and is happy and very proud to be a member of DMVAE. Currently, while not participating in music ensembles, she assists the Diocese of Des Moines and several parishes with various volunteer activities in the area of Catholic liturgy and music. She and husband John enjoy traveling, visiting their twelve grandchildren, and participating in the Notre Dame football season.

Erin Davison-Rippey

Erin Davison-Rippey, a Des Moines native, spent her formative years singing in the Des Moines Children’s Chorus. She left Des Moines to study musical theatre at the University of Tulsa, spending two years in Tulsa before her career took a different path. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Metropolitan State in Denver, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University, and works as a program manager at State Public Policy Group. Erin is a member of Westminster Presbyterian where she sings in the Chorale and plays handbells. Her recent vocal performances include solo work in Handel's Messiah and Faure's Requiem and as Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera at Westminster, and she performed as the alto soloist in the Des Moines Community Orchestra's 2010 Messiah. Erin has also sung with the Howells Scholars at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, and has been a member of DMVAE since 2010. Erin lives in Beaverdale with her husband Brad.

Lori Fenton

Lori Fenton is proud to be a native Iowan, having grown up in Sioux City and attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, where she received an Accounting degree and studied voice for two years. Her senior year she participated in the Met Opera auditions in Indianola. She has lived in Des Moines since the fall of 1994 and has held several positions within the Insurance Industry, currently working for Aviva. She is an active member of Westminster Presbyterian church where she sings in the chorale and is a frequent soloist, including most recently Handel's Messiah and Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass. She is also a current member of the Howells Scholars at St. Paul's Cathedral. Outside of singing, Lori enjoys playing handbells, traveling, and reading. Lori joined the ensemble in the fall of 2007 and has served as the ensemble's president since 2009.

Tim Fitzgerald

Tim Fitzgerald has been a member of DMVAE for 10 years and serves on the board. He started his musical career as a young boy performing and touring with the YMCA Boys Chorus and Bell Ringers under the direction of Fran and Marlow Cowan. A graduate of Lincoln High, Tim attended Grandview College and studied vocal music. Tim has sung with many churches in the Des Moines area, including Plymouth Congregational, Westminster Presbyterian, St. Luke's, Highland Park Presbyterian, St. Ambrose, and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, also singing with the Howells Scholars under the direction of Carol Stewart. Tim has also participated in clinics with Robert Sundt, Ken Fleet, Weston Noble, Matt Oltman, Moses Hogan, and John Rutter. Tim had the pleasure of singing with Andy Williams, Simon Estes, Dave Brubeck and his Quartet, and in the "Star Wars" chorus with the Des Moines Symphony.

Jade Fox

Jade Fox joined DMVAE as a soprano in the spring of 2009. She graduated from Simpson College in 2008 with a Music Education degree and currently teaches K-5 General Music in Urbandale and directs the adult choir at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in West Des Moines. She also has a private oboe and voice studio. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Choral Music Education at the University of St. Thomas. Although music is a huge part of her life, she enjoys kickboxing, riding horses, and running, although not simultaneously, and has high aspirations to go skydiving before she turns 30. She lives with her adorable cat, Lucy, who is mildly obese and has an obsession with flickering lights (and yes, lives WITH the cat, as Lucy thinks she is head of household).

Lauren Fuemmeler

Lauren Fuemmeler has been a member of DMVAE since August 2008. She grew up in a very musical family in Cedar Rapids and continues to sing whenever she gets the chance. She graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a degree in Vocal Music Education. Currently, she is the K-5 vocal music teacher at Walnut Hills Elementary in the Waukee school district and teaches piano on the side. In the summer, she keeps busy with lots of reading, walking on the many trails near her home and enjoys having time to herself. After all, summers are the best part of being a teacher.

Matthew Gierke

Matthew Gierke joined DMVAE during the 2012 season. Matt grew up in Valparaiso, IN where he sang with both the Valparaiso University Chorale and the Bach Institute Chorus under the direction of Dr. Christopher Cock. He recently relocated to Polk City, IA after working as manager of capital projects at U. S. Steel in Gary, IN for 7 years, and is now a project manager of both capital projects and strategic initiatives at the John Deere Des Moines Works factory. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time reading, fishing, watching Chicago sports (especially the Bears), and relaxing with his loving 4-year old puppy. After a 3-year sojourn from singing to attend graduate school, Matt is incredibly excited to be singing again, especially with such a talented group!.

Mary Giese

Mary Giese has been a member of DMVAE since the 2010-2011 season, and sings in the alto section. Mary graduated from Iowa State University with a minor in music, and studied voice with Richard Koupal. She was a section leader with the Iowa State Singers, a member of the Chamber Singers, and performed in several musical productions on campus.

Before moving to Central Iowa, Mary sang with the North Iowa Choral Ensemble in Mason City. She is currently active in the choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines, and is a member of Tuesday Musical study club. Mary also plays the violin, and enjoys playing in string quartets. She has played with the Central Iowa Symphony in past years.

Mary is the Executive Director of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance, and lives in Marshalltown with her husband David. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Carl Gravander

Carl Gravander, Jr., DMVAE's accompanist, has been a church organist for 40 years, serving as Plymouth Congregational Church's organist since 1992. Carl also teaches at Simpson College. A graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he majored in organ performance, Carl holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, graduating Magna Cum Laude and With Distinction. A prize winner in many competitions, he won second prize at the University of Michigan's International Organ Performance Competition in 1984.


Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes is a member of the bass section and has sung in the Ensemble since 1991. Prior to that he sang in the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus. A CPA and investment manager, Paul enjoys the opportunity to do something very different from his day job. "Rehearsals are a learning experience . . . Concerts are an opportunity to share with family, friends and the community."



Michael Hickman

Michael Hickman joined DMVAE in the fall of 2012. He holds a degree in Instrumental Music Education from Missouri Western State University. Michael’s primary instrument is saxophone. He participated in numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles during his time in St. Joseph, Missouri. Following graduation, Michael moved back to Des Moines and entered his current role as a commercial underwriter at Allied Insurance. During his free time, he enjoys golfing and performing with his rock and roll band, The Princemen.

Sue Hoss

Sue Hoss has been singing with DMVAE since her arrival in Des Moines 13 years ago. Originally a soprano, she had to agree to sing alto in order to join, but has enjoyed herself so much she's hasn't left the section, except for a few occasions when she's been asked to sing "up" a few notches. Originally from California, Sue went to college in Minnesota, sang with the Gustavus Choir, and has made it her mission to sing wherever she has lived (including Tokyo, Japan). Sue is currently a writer, editor, cook, recipe developer and business owner and the "mother" (also known as the buyer of the food) of two cats.

Alexandra Tatge Jennetten

Alexandra Tatge Jennetten has been singing in choirs since she was five, and hasn't stopped since. Alex grew up in Des Moines and received her B.A. in music, with an emphasis on vocal performance, from Carleton College in Minnesota. After graduation, she moved to Aspen, CO to join the fundraising team at the Aspen Music Festival and School. While in Aspen, she sang with various local professional and volunteer choirs while also furthering her vocal studies with Elizabeth Hynes and Stephen King (of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice, not the author). Upon returning to Des Moines in 2010, she joined Chancel Choir at Plymouth Church. Alex is delighted to be a new member of Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble and looks forward to working with such a passionate and talented community of singers

John Kelly

John Kelly received music degrees from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and the University of Iowa. He has taught in high school and college, and has directed the Keesler (AFB) Male Chorus, MS, 314th Air Division Male Chorus, Osan, Korea, Des Plaines Park District Senior Citizens' Chorus, IL, Heartland Singers, Mitchellville, IA, River City Mixed Chorus, Omaha, Des Moines Men's Chorus, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Chanters, Des Moines, Des Moines Concert Singers, church choirs in Chicago, Altoona, Ames, and Des Moines, and was music director for Timberlake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, IL. He has also directed several musicals including Trial by Jury, Company, South Pacific, Bye Bye Birdie, and Guys and Dolls. He has sung with several choruses including the Des Moines Choral Society and the Drake University Community Chorus. John joined DMVAE in 2011.

Karen Kraemer

Karen Kraemer joined the DMVAE in 2012 and has also sung with the Des Moines Choral Society since moving to West Des Moines from Fort Smith, Arkansas in 2007. In Arkansas, Karen sang with the Fort Smith Chorale for over 8 years having served as president of the chorale board for 3 years. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in deaf education, and a master's degree in Audiology before majoring in music "for fun." She plays the saxophone, clarinet, and piano, and directs a handchime church choir and a youth choir. Karen is a part-time audiologist and enjoys playing tennis and composing a little music on the side. She and her husband have three children.

Kyle Lechtenberg

Kyle Lechtenberg Bio coming soon.






Vanessa Leonard

Vanessa Leonard joined DMVAE in the fall of 2012. She graduated from Simpson College in the spring of 2012 with a degree in Music Education and now teaches K-4 General Music at Cornell Elementary in the Saydel Community School District. Starting out as a young violin player, Vanessa has been a member of several orchestras and choirs over the years. Most recently, she was a member of the Simpson College Chamber Choir and held several smaller roles in a number of Simpson College’s undergraduate opera productions. Outside of the music realm, Vanessa loves to travel, bake, and read (when she has a minute to breathe).

Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin returns to DMVAE this year after many years leave. She was among the first members singing with James Cox and again stands next to alto "buddy" Gloria Thielking. She also sings in the Des Moines Choral Society and the Howells Scholars. She has appeared in several musical theater productions at the Playhouse, Drama Workshop and Theater for a Change.

Barb grew up in Cincinnati and sang in her church adult choir from the age of 12 as well as in the May festival chorus with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra back in the Max Rudolf years. Barb is a long time member of Des Moines' Fortnightly Musical Club and the First Unitarian Church, where she was music coordinator and choir director for 10 years. She was part of the Temple B'nai Jeshurun quartet from 1972-85. "I'm really enjoying being a part of this vibrant vocal ensemble and so glad I'm still able to sing."

Sarah McDougal

Sarah McDougal is a member of the soprano section and has sung with DMVAE since 2004. A lifelong musician, Sarah minored in voice and violin at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently sings with the Chancel Choir and Chorale at Plymouth Congregational Church and is also a member of the Howells Scholars at St Paul’s Cathedral. Outside of singing, Sarah enjoys a career at The Principal Financial Group, Husker football and living in Beaverdale with her cat Tosca. Sarah has been on the DMVAE board for five years and currently serves as Secretary.

Dan Montgomery

Dan Montgomery has sung with the bass section of DMVAE since 2008. A graduate of Iowa State University and the Drake Law School, Dan and his wife Jana spend most of the basketball season on the road to and from St. Louis, where their daughter plays at shooting guard for Washington University. He is the cantor at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in West Des Moines and is a lawyer for a small company in Des Moines. Together with their Welsh Terrier, Mack (also known as 'the hellion'), Dana and Jana recently have left the suburbs for a condo near Gray's Lake and are thoroughly enjoying the proximity to downtown and all the Metro offers.

Shawn Mullen

Shawn Mullen is in his fourth season with the DMVAE. As a percussion performance major at Drake University, he graduated with a degree in music business. After completing a two-year management internship with the Des Moines Symphony, he went on to serve as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Louisville Orchestra in Louisville, KY for two and a half seasons. Returning to his hometown of Hastings, Nebraska, in 1985 to join his family’s business, he was active as principal percussionist and was a board member of the Hastings Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Des Moines in 1987, he been active as a member and musician at Grace United Methodist Church. He currently serves as chair of DMVAE’s marketing committee and is in his third year as a member of the board. Shawn and his wife, Sharilynn, are the parents of four wonderful children and one purebred puggle, Tucker Biff. Shawn is also an active Rotarian and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Carol Palmer

Carol Palmer became a member of DMVAE in 2010. She is an audience favorite at many local theaters around town having appeared in numerous musicals since the early 80's. Carol and her husband, Dan Chase, are professional actors for Jest Murder Mysteries and perform in a five state area. She is a regular singer with the Howells Scholars at St. Paul’s and works at Principal Financial Group. Carol and Dan have an 18 year old daughter, Madeline, who is also a singer/actress.


Pat Palmer

Pat Palmer has been singing with DMVAE since 2004. Pat attended Luther College and sang in the Nordic choir. She completed her bachelor of music education at Drake and taught vocal music in the DMPS for 26 years. During that time she sang in the Plymouth Chancel choir for many years. She and her husband live in West Des Moines and have one daughter, Brooke.



Michael Ramirez

Michael S. Ramirez moved to Iowa in 2005, after growing up in Arizona. He soon was working on a business major at Drake University, with a music minor, while also managing tour and event details for Drake bands. In 2009 Mike moved to Lacona, Iowa, to operate an organic poultry farm. He sold the farm in July of 2013 and returned to the Des Moines Metro Full Time in 2013. In May, he will marry his long-time friend, Stacey Bostwick.

Michael completed his B.A. in music in April of 2013 with a focus in Trumpet and Arts Administration. Mike’s main instrument is trumpet, but he can play any of the brass instruments, and was the Principal French Horn player in the Simpson Community Orchestra when it was restarted in 2012. In addition, he plays Percussion with the Des Moines Community Orchestra and is President of their board of directors. Mike joined the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble in 2012 as a tenor.

After completing his degree, Mike has continued his musical involvements in both instrumental and vocal groups, and continues to grow his tour and event management skills of large musical groups. In August of 2013, he was named the inaugural director of "Voices from the Heart", an all women's choir at Sacred Heart Parish in West Des Moines. In addition, he also works for Younkers Fine Jewelry in Jordan Creek Mall.

Hillary Aronow

Sara Schultz joined DMVAE in 2011 after moving back to the Midwest from North Carolina. She is originally from St. Joseph, MO and received her bachelors in biology from University of Central Missouri in 1999. She sang in the Piedmont Chamber Singers for 8 years in NC, the St. Joseph Community Chorus as well as various University choirs, church choirs, the Christian group New Generation Singers, and a barbershop quartet. After spending many years working as a veterinary assistant she now stays home with her two adorable young daughters. Sara, her husband Jeremy, her "other" children--2 cats and a wonderful dog, and the girls live in Waukee.

Earl Sides

Earl Sides has been with the Vocal Arts Ensemble from 1991-93 and 1994-present as assistant conductor and a member of the bass section. A graduate of La Porte City (IA) High School, Earl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Drake University. He has sung with the Luther College Nordic Choir, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Metropolitan Chorale, Drake Choir, Drake University-Community Chorus, Des Moines Choral Society and Howells Scholars. He served as conductor of the Fort Dodge Choral Society from 1989-1993 and the Knoxville Community Chorus from 2002-2004, as well as numerous church choirs. Earl has worked at Cokesbury Bookstore in Des Moines since 1998 and currently lives in Des Moines with his wife, Kathy, and their four children.

Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith is an actuary and worked for Principal Financial Group for many years. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio where he sang with the Oberlin College Choir. Since moving to Des Moines he has been singing bass in the Plymouth Congregational Church Chancel Choir and Chorale. He joined DMVAE in 2004. He is the Treasurer for the Ensemble and a member of the Board. In his spare time he enjoys jogging, ballroom dancing, piloting airplanes, and traveling.


Paul Stageberg

Paul Stageberg has been a choral singer since childhood, growing up in a Lutheran church with a strong choral tradition. He currently sings with the St. John's Lutheran Cathedral Choir in addition to the Vocal Arts Ensemble. He has also sung with the Howells Scholars and Des Moines Choral Society. In his professional life he holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Administration and is Administrator of the Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning in the Iowa Department of Human Rights.


Susie Stageberg

Susie Stageberg has been singing in choirs since her school days in Champaign, Illinois. She moved to Des Moines in 1988 and has had the privilege of singing with several choral groups in Central Iowa. She currently serves as soprano section leader in the St. John's Lutheran Church Cathedral Choir. She has also sung with the Howells Scholars and the Des Moines Choral Society. Her "day job" is as a reader advisor for the Iowa Department for the Blind. Susie lives in Clive with her husband, tenor Paul Stageberg, their children, and her Seeing Eye dog Camden.

Becky Strope

Becky Strope has been a member of DMVAE since January 2008. She currently serves as Vice President of the ensemble's board of directors and chairs the fundraising committee. She has been singing in auditioned and unauditioned ensembles of various types and sizes since second grade, from premier chamber ensembles to 100-voice community ensembles. She spends her days working as an administrative assistant for Kiesling Associates, LLP, a public accounting firm in West Des Moines. She is an active leader in the music and discipleship ministries at her church and is an avid reader and sports fan.

Lori Theilen

Lori Theilen has been singing with DMVAE for 14 years. She is a graduate of UNI, initially studying voice as a major. She has sung with several groups at Carnegie Hall. She has also been doing solo and small group work at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive for 20 years. She has sung with Des Moines Choral Society. Lori currently works at Principal Financial Group and enjoys spending time with her two dogs, CiCi and JoJo.


Garrett Thielking

Garrett Thielking is a West Des Moines native, sings bass, and joined the ensemble in 2009. He studied vocal jazz at Southwestern Community College with Phil Mattson as a member of VoicesIowa before moving on to study jazz and classical saxophone at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2008 and 2009 he completed two Armed Forces Entertainment tours as a member of the reggae group Blue Island Tribe, performing for troops in Japan, Korea, Africa, and the Middle East. Joining DMVAE has been an aspiration of his since he heard the group at its first performance, which his mom, Gloria, made him come to. He feels very privileged to have the joy of singing in a high-caliber vocal group in his life again.

Gloria Thielking

Gloria Thielking is a founding member of DMVAE which performed their first concert in the spring of 1991. Over the years, Gloria has served as treasurer, librarian, and is still on numerous committees. Before DMVAE, she was also an original member of the Des Moines Choral Society in 1979. She has also enjoyed singing in the chorus of several productions with the Des Moines Metro Opera. In real life, Gloria and her husband, Armin, have two adult sons, Garrett and Aaron. She is a physician assistant at Heartland Dermatology.

Mark Truesdell

Mark Truesdell, an attorney at a Des Moines law firm, is a wannabe tenor who has morphed over the years into a wannabe baritone. Mark has sung in the Westmar Chorale at Westmar College, LeMars, then the Chorus at the University of Iowa, where he took both his academic degrees. He and his wife Cathy have resided for thirty-four years in Des Moines, where Mark has sung with several church choirs, the Des Moines Choral society and the pop quartet “Octangle.” A supporter of the choral arts, Mark is an alumnus of the Board of the Des Moines Children’s Choruses, where he served as Chair of the first Des Moines International Children’s Choir Festival and the Board of Carol Stewart’s Alliance for Arts and Understanding.

Jessica Underwood

Jessica Underwood joined DMVAE in 2012. Born and raised in Northern California, Jessica recently moved to Des Moines with her husband Tim, who is in his first year of medical school at Des Moines University. Jessica began singing at an early age and still remembers how much she loved her 7:00 am third grade choir rehearsals. In high school, Jessica was blessed to sing under the direction of Mrs. Polly Vasche, who inspired her to take part in many musical opportunities throughout her high school and college career. Initially beginning college as a pre-med major, Jessica went on to study music at Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles, where she received a degree in Music Education in 2009. In addition to singing with DMVAE, Jessica is passionately pursing a career in healthcare and hopes to be a physician assistant or nurse practitioner one day. Jessica is loving Des Moines and is excited to perform for her new community.

Tim Vermillion

Tim Vermillion joined DMVAE in 1997. Tim grew up in Omaha and studied piano and accompanied his school orchestra and choir, but did not discover serious choral music until high school, singing under Dr. James Elsberry. He presently sings with Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble and Des Moines Choral Society. He assists with liturgy and music at Hope and St. John's Lutheran. As a Howells Scholar he sings evensong vespers at St. Paul's. Tim is a retired mechanical engineer. He and wife Bobbie have four grown children and 11 grandchildren.


Katherine Zerull

Katherine Zerull joined DMVAE as a soprano in 2013. Katherine grew up in Moline, IL where she participated in several productions at Quad City Music Guild and Countryside Community Theatre while also serving as the Youth Choir Director at Christ The King Catholic Church. Katherine received a BA in Psychology in 2010 followed by her Masters in Social Work in 2012 from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. Katherine currently works as a School-Based Therapist for Orchard Place Child Guidance Center. Katherine loves to sing and is looking forward to a wonderful season!