Anita Meinert
- M.M.A., Professor of Vocal and Keyboard Music
 

Anita Meinert is the vocal and keyboard instructor at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  William Penn alumni, she has a Master's Degree in Music Education from Boston University. She has held this position since 1997, having previously taught vocal and band for the Fremont, Iowa school district and principal accompanist for Wm. Penn. Ms. Meinert has had the privilege of working with directors Dennis Willhoit, Dr. David Evans, Dr. Ron Lipka, and the late Tom Jensen. She has studied vocally with Mrs. Margaret Stolz, Rolaine Green, Wichita, KS, and Pearl Wormhoudt, faculty emeritus of Wm Penn University and author. An avid theater enthusiast, she has been Musical Director of over 20 musicals for the Oskaloosa Community Theater. She also is the manager/director of the Oskaloosa Municipal Band.

 

Active in choral accompanying, she also works for the Oskaloosa Community School district, and was the accompanist for the Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project, a children’s choir, for 10 years. This group’s achievements include performances at the Iowa Music Teacher’s Convention, with Simon Estes, and Lou Rawls. Currently, she is the organist for St. Paul United Church of Christ, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church as well as a percussionist with the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

 
  
Scott Cressley
- M.M., Professor of Instrumental Music
 
Scott Cressley was appointed Director of Instrumental Music at William Penn University in 2007.  He holds a Bachelor of Education in Music from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music, Music Education degree from Eastern New Mexico University.  Mr. Cressley has also completed graduate studies in music at Youngstown State University.  His private saxophone instructors include Mr. Russell Reefer, Dr. Rex Mitchell and Dr. James Umble.  He studied conducting with Dr. Stanley Michalski, Mr. Joseph Edwards, and Dr. Robert Lindahl.  At William Penn University, he teaches Music Theory, Fundamentals of Music, Electronic Music, Conducting, and private lessons for woodwind students.  In addition, Cressley is the director of the WPU Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble.
 
He currently serves on the Curriculum and Review Committee and the First Year Programs Committee for William Penn University.  Cressley is responsible for the creation of the Ray Blue All-Star High School Jazz Festival.  It brings local high school jazz musicians together to work and perform with internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Ray Blue.  He also organizes and directs the WPU Jazz Camp each June.
 
As an advocate for music in the community, Mr. Cressley is founder and director of the Rabelaisian Saxophone Quartet.  Along with Cressley, music professionals join in this quartet for public and school performances.  In addition, Mr. Cressley is an active clinician, consultant and guest conductor for various instrumental ensembles and programs throughout the US.

 

 

Terry DeJong
- Director of Athletic Bands/Instructor of Percussion   dejongt@wmpenn.edu
 

Terry DeJong has been Director of Athletic Bands and percussion instructor at William Penn University since 2009.  Being a native of Oskaloosa, he has attended two years at Northeast Missouri State Univ. pursuing a BA in Music Education.  He later received his BA in Music Performance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.   He was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band staff for five years, as drumline Caption Head, and later received a Diploma in Computer Programming from Gateway Electronics Institute – Lincoln, NE.  He has been with the Oskaloosa, Iowa High School Band Staff for 22 years, and has continued as percussion instructor/arranger and clinician for other High School and College Bands throughout the mid-West. 

DeJong is a former member of the Santa Clara Vanguard and Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.  He later spent a few years as percussion caption head for the Colts, Blue Stars and Railmen Drum & Bugle Corps.  He is currently Principle Percussionist for the Ottumwa and Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestras, while previously performing also with the Quincy, ILL and Omaha, NE Symphony Orchestras. 

  
Dick Redman
- Asst. Director of Athletic Bands/Guard Instructor
Dick Redman is Assistant Director of Athletic Bands. Mr. previously taught 35 years in the Montezuma and Pella school systems. Performing ensembles under his direction have received national and state awards including many Division I ratings at the IHSMA State Large Group and Jazz Band contests. The Pella Jazz I is the only high school jazz band to be selected for the finals of the Iowa Jazz Championships for eighteen consecutive years, placing first on fourteen occasions. The Marching Dutch color guard has received numerous Best of Class and Top Overall Color Guard awards at state and national contests. His students have been selected for the Iowa All-State Band, All-State Orchestra, All-State Jazz Band as well as the Miss Iowa Color Guard award. He also directs the Pella Municipal Band during the summer, serves as director of the Central Iowa Color Guard Camp, and is a member of the Pella Tulip Time Steering Committee.

Mr. Redman is in constant demand as a concert band, jazz band, color guard and marching band adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada and has directed many Iowa district and conference honor bands. He has served as a clinician at the IBA and IMEA conventions, various summer camps throughout the Midwest and Arizona, as well as a consultant to the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band. Dick is also a National Board Certified Teacher, a recipient of the IBA Karl King Service Award (Active), the Pella Chamber of Commerce “Hall of Fame” Award for Education and selected to the Jazz Educators of Iowa Hall of Fame in 2010.
 
 
 
 Victoria Laird - Director of Visual Art
 
Victoria Laird has been teaching art since 1979 and is the Director of Visual Arts at William Penn University, where she has been teaching since 1991. Laird teaches drawing, pen and ink drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting, pastels, design, graphic design, and art history. In addition, she has been doing commissioned portraits since 1970, and has had her work exhibited all over the United States as well as in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. www.petersonlaird.com
 
Randall Wright
- Director Drama and Technical Theatre
 

Randall Wright has been working with the William Penn University theatre program since 2005. He taught high school theatre for the Oskaloosa Community School District for 32 years before taking the position with William Penn University.  Mr. Wright has received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications/Theatre from Wartburg College and received his Masters of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Communications/Theatre with an emphasis on business and professional communications.

 

Mr. Wright is also the Executive Director of the George Daily Auditorium. The Daily Auditorium does a full season of nationally touring professional shows along with university, high school, and rental productions.  The Daily Auditorium has hosted over 200 professional productions since it opened in 1997.  Under Wright’s supervision, William Penn University students have the opportunity to work with these professionals who have performed in Oskaloosa.