Makenzie Shinbara grew up near Minneapolis, MN. Her journey toward a career in music started in high school when she joined the winter drumline and began composing music under the tutelage of her piano teacher, Wynn-Anne Rossi.
Makenzie earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from Concordia College in Morehead, MN. She participated in several ensembles and fell in love ... with music theory. After a trip to Ghana, West Africa--during which she studied dancing, hand drums, the Ghanaian xylophone called the gyil with Bernard Woma--Makenzie became interested in music from around the world and was inspired to continue her musical education.
In Tuscon, Mackenzie received her Master of Music degree in Musicology from the University of Arizona. With a focus on ethnomusicology, Mackenzie completed her thesis on the Zimbabwean mibira dzavadzimu. During her studies, she continued to play in ensembles, and after graduation, Mackenzie joined an African dance band called the Key Ingredients of African Soul playing marimba at local venues.
James Ducey is Instructor of Music Technology at Iowa Western Community College.
Director of Vocal Music
Johnson is currently in his fifth year as the Director of Vocal Music at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He conducts the Concert Choir, 1st Edition Show Choir, IWCC Gentlemen, Jazz Choir and Southwest Iowa Community Women’s Chorus. He also oversees voice studies at Iowa Western, teaching college and area high school students. Johnson was previously Director of Vocal Music in Atlantic, Iowa, at Atlantic High School for five years.
He finished his Master’s in Music Education with a choral emphasis at the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago this past summer. He completed his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Music Education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in May of 2007. He is an active member of Iowa Choral Directors Association and is presently the Treasurer for the North Central American Choral Directors Association. He has enjoyed work as a clinician and judge for choirs, show choirs and private voice work. Johnson enjoys spending time with family and friends, including his pride and joy, his nephew, Kieran.
Interim Director of Instrumental Music