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VIOLIN / VIOLA | CELLO | DOUBLE BASS | FIDDLE

VIOLIN / VIOLA

CHRISTOPHER BORING:

Christopher has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Viola performance for the University of Tennessee. He also has a Masters of Business Administration from Drake University in Executive Development. He has been teaching privately for many years and has been principle viola of the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Christopher has also worked with the Irvine Symphony Youth Orchestra and has played professionally with many orchestras, including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, and Ashville.

JULISA HEREDIA:

Julisa Heredia is a 2021 graduate from Drake University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Julisa specializes in teaching violin and viola. Julisa has had the privilege of studying with Sarah Plum and Joyce Beyer on violin and viola at Drake University. Julisa recently participated in Des Moines Gamer Symphony, and Hope Church Cantata. Julisa was originally a violinist when she started violin in the fourth grade in the public school system at the Des Moines Public School District. When she went to college at Drake University, she switched to viola for versatility as a musician. Julisa is currently an orchestra teacher in the West Des Moines Community School District at Indian Hills and Stilwell Junior High. Her philosophy in teaching is very student focused. She has a calm and demanding demeanor when encouraging students to become the best musicians they can be.

 
TINA SIEBERNS:

Tina has a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice and piano, as well as a Master of Music with a voice and music history emphasis. Mrs. Sieberns was a teacher in the public schools for 31 years and co-director of the South Side Elementary Orchestra.



 
KRISTY STODOLA:

Kristy Stodola received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Bob Jones University. She is a classically trained violinist, violist, and pianist with a passion for mentoring younger musicians. She has served in the position of concertmaster for three different chamber orchestras, principal violist for three years with the Bob Jones Symphony Orchestra, and has been performing for almost twenty years. Kristy has been teaching private lessons to students of all ages for over ten years and loves to help her students have those “light bulb moments”.

 
LINDA WEBB:

Linda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Graceland College (University) with an emphasis in strings. She has been playing violin for 41 years and brings over 20 years of teaching experience to Rieman Music. Linda has played in the Sheboygan Symphony (Wisconsin) and the Southeast Iowa Symphony, and has also been active in community musicals playing in the pit orchestra and singing.

 
MEGAN WRIGHT:

Megan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from FBBC in Sacred Music, with an emphasis on Violin Performance and a secondary emphasis in Voice. Throughout the four year duration of her undergraduate, she studied violin performance privately under professor Boro Martinic at Iowa State University. In the past she has served as concertmaster of a small chamber orchestra for three years, first violin of a string quartet, first violin or concertmaster of multiple pit orchestra jobs, and has done many solo performances. She brings to Rieman a background of more than five years teaching dozens of students aged four years to adult. She specializes in the Suzuki method, and also provides her students with opportunities to explore contemporary, folk, and fiddle music.

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CELLO

ROSA BALDERRAMA:

Rosa Balderrama is a cellist originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia. She began studying piano at the age of 10 and later switched to cello. Before college, she participated in different local orchestras from her country including Bolivia’s Philharmonic, Cochabamba’s Philharmonic, and the Fundación Sinfonica Cochabamba studying under the tutelage of Dr. Eduardo Vargas. Rosa currently studies with Dr. Ashley Sidon at Drake University where she will receive her bachelor’s in Music Performance in May 2022. While at Drake University she participates in several ensemble groups including the Drake Symphony Orchestra, Drake String Ensemble, and several chamber groups. She performs frequently with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra starting on her freshman year and is part of the Saint John’s Lutheran Church String Quartet. Rosa received masterclasses from several world acclaimed cellists including, Dennis Shapovalov, Leonard Elsenbroich, Willem Stem, Julian Schwartz, among others. Rosa has a great passion for teaching students of all ages and enjoys connecting with new people and help them find a love for music through cello playing.

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DOUBLE BASS

 
DAVID ALTEMEIER:

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Bass emphasis and Jazz Studies minor from the University of Northern Iowa where he was in Jazz I for four years and principal bass in the orchestra. He has taught for several years in central and northern Iowa and performed with the Des Moines Big Band, Orquestra Alto Miaz, and the Jack Oatts Quartet.

 
SUSAN CHAPMAN:

Susan has been sharing her love for music and all that it can offer in various ways for most of her life. She began playing Piano at the age of 8, then added Clarinet at the age of 9 and String Bass at the age of 10. She played with the Des Moines Youth Symphony, and was honored when she was asked to play in the Drake University Orchestra, while still attending high school. She also performed in Marching Band in both high school and college. After graduation, she studied under John Canarina at Drake University and later under Dr. Eldon Obrecht at University of Iowa. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree, with a major in String Bass and a minor in Piano. While still at Drake, she became a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra a position she continued for the next 23 years. In addition to playing and teaching Susan has worked with area musicians at Rieman Music and Internationally with her string supply company Taylor-USA. Susan has had a number of piano and bass students through the years. One of her former students now plays professionally in the Washington, D.C. area. Feedback from parents and students has highlighted her ability to engage and motivate her students. Susan is currently offer virtual lessons only.

FIDDLE

 
DAVID BELLEGANTE:

David has received 16 Blue Ribbons and 9 Grand Championships at the Iowa State Fair, and has emceed the contest since 2001. He has played in several country and bluegrass bands and currently does solo and freelance performances. He has recorded two albums with a bluegrass band, and also recorded a solo CD. David is currently the President of the Fiddler's Association of Iowa. David was inducted into the Old time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Iowa Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2015.

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