Valley High School Choirs
515-633-4238 gibbonsh@wdmcs.org

Haley Gibbons graduated from Luther College. She is pursuing her Masters Degree from Florida State University.   

Valley High School Choirs
515-633-4239|  koppinc@wdmcs.org

Connor Koppin is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.  He is working towards a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting in the graduate program at Michigan State University studying with Dr. Jonathan Reed and Dr. David Rayl.

In addition to teaching high school vocal music for the last few years, Mr. Koppin is an award-winning composor. His compositional output consists primarily of choral music but also includes works for instrumental ensembles, film scores, and songwriting.    He has been commissioned by reputable ensembles like The Wartburg Choir, Luther College Collegiate Chorale, Luther College Norsemen,The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and The Central Bucks West Choir. I'm looking forward to writing for several choirs this year including- Theodore Brimeyer and the Urbandale High School Men's Choir, Benjamin Murray and the Fox Chapel Madrigal Singers, The Wartburg Choir and Dr. Lee Nelson, and serving as Composer-in-Residence for The Master Singers of Eau-Claire, WI.  Mr. Koppin's piece, "There Will Come Soft Rains” was the winner of the inaugural Capital Hearings Young Composer’s Competition in 2014.  His music has been included in reading sessions at the following conferences: TCDA, ICDA, MCDA, and WCDA. Some of his scores are currently published with Walton Music, Morning Star Music Publishers, ECS publishing, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Music Spoke, Hal Leonard, and CJKMusic.    He and his fiancee, Chelsea, are currently living in Des Moines, IA with their dog, Arvo.

Valley Southwoods Choirs
515-633-4507 |

Heather Nail is a graduate of Drake University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education with Vocal Emphasis and Master of Science in Education Leadership degrees.  She has been teaching in West Des Moines for ten years.  She is originally from Norwalk, IA.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, and daughter, Hailey.

Prior to joining the Southwoods school community, Mrs. Nail taught preschool for seven years and was named the 2006 Early Childhood Educator of the Year.  She then taught elementary general music for the Des Moines Public Schools.  During her time in Des Moines, she was a part of the Great American Singing Challenge with a mission of creating “A musically able and active population” through the use of sight-singing computer technology.  She also worked closely with fellow teachers to create Artful Learning units following the Leonard Bernstein model of teaching, which incorporates music, visual and kinesthetic arts practices into the delivery of other academic subjects.  In 2009 she served as the music department representative on the Iowa Core Implementation Team for the district.
Mrs. Nail has had opportunities to help with auditions for the Heartland Youth Choir, to lead sectional rehearsals for the Des Moines Public Schools Elementary Honors Choir, and to adjudicate for solo contest at Stilwell Jr. High in West Des Moines.  While at Drake she also worked closely with John Armstrong during his workshops, gained experience in teaching using the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance model, and has obtained levels one and two Orff music teaching certification, and level one Kodaly music teaching certification.
Heather is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, and Jazz Educators of Iowa.   Mrs. Nail currently serves as the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships Chair and serves the West Des Moines School district as a representative on the building and district leadership teams, Southwoods school improvement team and the West Des Moines Teacher Leadership Committee.   In 2017, she was the first recipient of the Barbershop Harmony Society/ NAfME Music Educator Award.