Staff & Board of Directors

Iowa Youth Chorus Staff

Jim Shutt, Artistic Director, Conductor, Concert Choir

Mr. Shutt has taught vocal music for more than twenty years. He received his undergraduate degree (B.A.) from Luther College and his Master of Arts in Effective Teaching from Viterbo University. In 2005 he attended the well regarded Comprehensive Musicianship Project at Drake University designed specifically for choral directors. Mr. Shutt is an active member of the Iowa Choral Director’s Association and served as 7-8th grade Opus Chair, hosted the SC-ICDA (South Central Iowa Choral Directors Association) 5-7th grade Youth Festival Honors Choirs. This year he will host the 7-8th grade treble and 7-8th mixed Youth Festival Honor Choirs.

Mr. Shutt is currently the vocal director in the Dallas Center-Grimes School District. He directs choirs in the 6th grades, the show choir ILLUSION, spring musicals and teaches voice to all students in the middle school vocal program. He has taught all levels (K-12) vocal/choral music in schools, churches and private lessons. Additionally, he has directed numerous ensembles including hand-bells, brass, pit orchestra, and a STOMP ensemble.

Iowa Youth Chorus

Board of Directors


Kimberly Cordray
President & Treasurer, Iowa Youth Chorus Board

Heather Bagley
Vice President, Iowa Youth Chorus Board

Margaret Hibbs
Secretary, Iowa Youth Chorus Board

William Jay Ramsey, MD, PhD

Theresa Nash

Board of Directors meetings are held monthly with special meetings called as needed.

We love our children! For their safety, we have cancelled the rest of the 2019 - 2020 season. Read more about how IYC is responding to coronavirus concerns HERE