CONDUCTOR

Riley Anderson serves as conductor of the Ankeny Community Chorus, succeeding Steve Carstenson and Elliott Stern. Anderson leads the 6th grade choir and 7th grade Bass Clef Choir at Prairie Ridge Middle School. He also assists with the direction of “Ignition,” the 8th grade show choir ensemble at Northview Middle School in Ankeny. 

Anderson is a 2015 graduate of Linn-Mar High School and most recently graduated from Wartburg College in 2019 with a Bachelors of Music Education.

ACCOMPANIST

Ankeny Community Chorus accompanist Cathy Brause has sung with the chorus since 2015.

During high school in Britt, Iowa, Brause accompanied and sang in various groups at school and church. She attended Morningside College, earning a minor in voice and piano. She continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa receiving a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education/special education and later her master of arts degree in learning disabilities at Northwest Missouri State University.

Brause and her husband, Howard, are both retired educators and currently reside in Granger. She has also taught piano, directed choirs, and currently is a church pianist for Polk City United Methodist Church.

Throughout her life, Brause has been involved with many community music activities and loves to see people from all walks of life join together to share their gift of music.