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Board of Directors

2021-2022 Board of Directors

Board Bios

Andrea Alert

Andrea Alert graduated from Western Michigan University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree and in 2013 she received a Master of Music in Viola Performance degree from the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating from WMU, Andrea began her teaching career as a substitute teacher in Indiana working primarily with middle school and high school band and orchestras and elementary, intermediate, and junior high general music. Since coming to Iowa in 2010, Andrea has expanded her teaching efforts throughout the Cedar Valley in various outreach programs as a music instructor and substitute teacher in Waterloo and Cedar Falls. She had maintained a large private studio at West Music in Cedar Falls for several years and had previously taught at the Marion Music Academy and at the University of Northern Iowa Community Music School. In 2018, Andrea began teaching at the Orchestra Iowa School as a private string instructor and was a Fifth Grade Fiddles instructor. In addition to private teaching, Andrea is also an orchestra teacher at Hoover Middle School in Waterloo. 

Before coming to Iowa, Andrea was Associate Principal Viola with the LaPorte Community Symphony Orchestra in LaPorte, IN in 2009. She was also a member of the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra in Elkhart, IN for eight years. Andrea currently performs regularly as a substitute violist with Orchestra Iowa, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.

Jo Capoccioni

Born and Raised in Reinbeck, Iowa, Jo graduated from UNI in 1973 with a BA and later an MA (1986) in music education. She taught public school music for 34 years, most of that time at Peet Junior High School in Cedar Falls. Jo retired in 2008. Jo also directed Cedar Harmony for 25 years and is in her fifth year with the Mixed Chorus at Allen College. She has been the organist for more than 15 years at Trinity Episcopal Parish in Waterloo and was the music coordinator and choir director for 10 years. Jo is the chairperson for the Young Artist Concerto Competition through the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony. Jo’s main instrument is the piano having played since the age of 3. Other hobbies include knitting and attending concerts with a particular affinity to chamber music concerts. Jo has been a board member of Cedar Valley Chamber Music since its inception. 

Rich Frevert

Rich Frevert is the Executive Director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in Cedar Falls, Iowa, a position he has held since 2018.  This is Rich’s second stint with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.  From 1983 to 1986, he served as the first manager for the organization.  

From 1986 to 2018, Rich has been an active music and non-profit management professional.  He has served in positions with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, William Mitchell College of Law, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and as President of Heartland Concert Artists. He also spent several years in the financial planning business, assisting many musicians.  

Rich resides in Waterloo, Iowa with his wife Susan Frevert.  They have two children and three grandchildren.

E.J. Gallagher

Edward J. (E.J.) Gallagher III is a retired attorney and lives in Waterloo. He has been on the CVCM board for several years and is currently serving as its Secretary. He has been active in many community activities and presently is also on the boards of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Grout Museum, Winnebago Council Boy Scouts of America, Cedar Valley United Nations and Black Hawk Bremer League of Women Voters. His interest is music reflects past instrumental and choral music instruction from grade school and college and participation in musical and choral productions from grade school through law school. His music appreciation was fostered by his parents and his daughter is now a composer and musician in Chicago.

Cathy Howland

Cathy is an ESL (English to speakers of other languages) teacher in Cedar Falls. She has taught English to students of all age levels from kindergarten through adult, also having worked in Spain, Mexico, and Kansas prior to returning to Iowa, where she grew up. She came to the area from St. Louis when her dad took a job with John Deere. After completing her MA at UNI, she went abroad. After 4.5 years working in Mexico, she returned, taking a job at Hawkeye Tech. In addition to her current job, she has also taught as an adjunct at UNI and Upper Iowa University. Cathy’s daughter is a violinist so music has always been a part of their lives. They were particularly drawn to chamber music because of the voices and interplay among instruments. Board member, Jo Capoccioni invited Cathy to serve on the CVCM board in 2011 and she’s been involved ever since. She’s been active on other boards – UNI Suzuki Association, The World’s Window, and the UNI Department of Education’s Iowa Culture and Language Conference.  She loves writing and the process of grant writing has been an enjoyable challenge for her upon joining the CVCM board. In addition, Cathy loves to read and do word puzzles, but don’t call her – she hates talking on the phone. ☺

Austin Jacobs

Austin Jacobs first joined the board as the student representative when he was an undergraduate at the University of Northern Iowa. Graduating in 2017 with a degree in instrumental music education, he now teaches elementary orchestra for the Iowa City Community School District. When he is not teaching, he enjoys playing violin and getting outside to camp, hike, and play disc golf among other outdoor activities.

While at UNI, Austin thought of Cedar Falls as his second home and quickly garnered great respect for the fine arts culture that the Cedar Valley cultivates. He is especially impassioned and enthralled by the high quality music that the CVCM provides through the house concert series and subsequently the fabulous summer festival. A regular attendee at CVCM events, Austin is glad to have many connections with both board members and regular performers with the festival. Since joining the board, he has stepped into the role of marketing head and is part of the educational committee. 

Martha Kroese
Now a retired music educator, Martha taught for a total of 37 years, first in Janesville and then in Waterloo.  She finished her career at Lou Henry Elementary.  She is a graduate of William Penn in Oskaloosa, and has her MA in Music Education from UNI.

Martha has lived in the Cedar Valley for over 40 years, and loves the opportunities the area provides for live music of all sorts.  She has been involved with the Iowa Music Educators Association, the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Art Center, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Friends of Sartori Hospital, and the AARP Tax Aide program. In addition, she serves on the Foster Care Review Board, and is completing training to serve as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Martha believes that all children should be offered the opportunity to experience live performances, and this belief guides her volunteer efforts. She sees how enriching music is to all lives and doesn’t want poverty or social status to be barriers to experiencing music, either as a listener or as a maker of music. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, reading, crochet and quilting.

Ann Osborne

After graduating from UNI in 1991 with a degree in Music Education, Ann Osborne has taught orchestra in the public schools of Iowa ever since. She taught in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Pella, and Indianola, before moving back to the Cedar Valley area in 2016. She currently teaches orchestra and string lessons at Cedar Falls High School, Aldrich Elementary, and Southdale Elementary. Ms. Osborne served as the Iowa All-State Orchestra chair from 2010-2015, and has been an active member of the Iowa chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association, where she currently serves on the Board as the Member-at-Large East. She stays active playing viola and viola in a string quartet for area weddings and other events. Ms. Osborne has three adult children: Alex Welsch, a double bassist and singer who is currently attending optometry school at the University of Indiana; Shelby Welsch, a violist who teaches ESL at Des Moines East High School; and Mallory Welsch, a violist who is a music performance major at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.