Posted on August 11, 2015 · Posted in Recent News

The Iowa Youth Chorus Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Ms. Angie Pierce Jennings as the next Executive Director and Mr. Eric Mohlis as the next Artistic Director following an extensive search. The Iowa Youth Chorus is Iowa’s premier youth choral organization serving more than 200 singers across central Iowa. We serve youth from birth through 18 years of age through a variety of choral options.

Angie will be starting her position August 3, 2015. Her well-rounded professional background includes many years of experience in business management, teaching, and performance. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Psychology from Graceland College (now Graceland University).

As an adult Ms. Pierce Jennings continues to sing and perform. She has written and recorded dozens of original songs and has released two full-length albums. She uses her strong passion for music to serve the community and has spent a number of years directing the music events and most recently co-chairing the Marion Arts Council, a very active Iowa arts organization.

Eric joined IYC as the Artistic Director in mid-July and is excited to carry on the traditions and high quality of vocal instruction for our organization.  Mr. Mohlis also serves as Director of Choral Activities at Dallas Center-Grimes High School in Grimes, IA.

He completed his Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting at Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL) in 2015 and is a 2008 graduate of Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Performance and K-12 Music Education. He studied conducting under Dr. James Stegall and Dr. Craig Arnold. He studied voice under Dr. Kristen Wunderlich and Dr. Jessica Paul.

Previously, he taught for Underwood Community Schools (Underwood, Iowa) and at Vinton-Shellsburg High School (Vinton, Iowa).  Students studying voice with Mohlis have received top honors and first place at several voice competitions throughout the Midwest. Many have been selected for Iowa All-State Chorus.

For more information about Ms. Angie Pierce Jennings and Mr. Eric Mohlis visit the Iowa Youth Chorus website at https://iowayouthchorus.org  The new choir season starts soon. The registration and choral options are available on our website.