The 60 + members of the Ankeny Community Chorus, under the direction of Riley Anderson and accompanied by Cathy Brause, serve the Ankeny community in many ways. Program activities include two major concerts per year (free to the public), the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Social, performances for Ankeny's Summer Sounds programs in the Ankeny Band Shell, and representing Ankeny in a performance at the Iowa State Fair.
The Chorus is grateful for the ongoing support of Ankeny area residents, as well as its many business sponsors and patrons.
Our Beginnings. . .
In 2001, Bill Konnath approached Steve Carstenson, former Ankeny High School Choral Music Director, about interest in a community chorus in Ankeny. Carstenson was a little skeptical, but with Konnath's encouragement, agreed to consider directing if Konnath could pull enough singers together to make it worthwile. One hundred twenty-seven Ankeny area residents showed up for the group's first gathering, and the Ankeny Community Chorus was born.
In 2001, longtime Ankeny resident Bill Konnath founded the Ankeny Community Chorus. Konnath has served as President since the Choir's inception, guiding its growth to becoming one of the largest and most active community music organizations in the Des Moines metro area. Konnath loves being active in the community, having served on the Ankeny Cultural Arts Board and as a past President of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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.