Meet the 2009 Iowa Arts Leaders

The 2008-2009 Iowa Makes Music Peer Leaders have the distinction of participating in our pilot program year. Their dedication and infectious positive spirits brought the program to life. Learn more about each Leaders' unique service project.

AlyssaAlyssa Adamec of Coralville, a sophomore at Iowa City West High School, is passionate about getting kids excited about classical music. For her project, she taught first and second grade students at her former elementary school using a movement and rhythm approach to music learning.
AlexandraAlexandra Bissell of Center Point, a junior at Washington High School, led music appreciation classes for orchestra students at the McKinley Middle School. Her goal was to teach participants about all the different facets of music, including composition, performance and music history.
TraceyTracey Cook of Cedar Rapids, a junior at Washington High School, knows from experience that playing an instrument becomes so much more fun once a musician has reached a certain level of proficiency. With that in mind, she provided free private violin lessons for students at Franklin Middle School.
RebeccaRebecca Krewer of Cedar Rapids, a senior at Washington High School, is a violinist who loves to play all types of music on her instrument. She arranged for her group "Alternative Strings," to perform in four different elementary schools to demonstrate that learning to play a classical instrument can open endless possibilities in music.
ShubRiddhiman (Shub) Moharar of Marion, a sophomore at Linn-Mar High School, not only plays classical music on his viola, but also loves crossing musical genres. Shub joined forces with a bassist and a drummer to perform a mix of classical music and his own rock transcriptions for three elementary schools.
AishwaryaAishwarya Vijay of Coralville, a junior at Iowa City West High School, wanted to use music to connect nursing home residents with the greater community. She performed monthly at two local nursing homes, and hopes to expand this program to include more young musicians.

DanDaniel Voss of Atkins, a senior at Benton Community High School, wanted to address the problem of dwindling low brass players at the middle and high school levels. In order to recruit future brass players, he arranged for his school's brass ensemble to play at two elementary schools and worked individually with young brass players.

JohnJohn Wen of Iowa City, a freshman at Iowa City West High School, chose to address his concern over the state of classical music education across Iowa through political advocacy. John sent letters to many politicians, inviting them to concerts and encouraging their funding support for the arts. He received replies from the governor.

KaisenKaisen Yao of Coralville, a freshman at Iowa City West High School, is concerned about lower income students' access to musical instruments. He coordinated a fundraising concert, headlined by the Iowa Brass Quintet, to raise money to buy instruments for his former elementary school.

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