Juel Iwaasa (Music)
The opportunity to participate in building a college music program that complements
the many musicians and ensembles in North Central Washington is among the many reasons
Juel Iwaasa accepted the music faculty position at WVC starting this fall.
The area's high quality of life; the diverse strata of cultures, arts and music; the
enthusiasm for the arts that members of the community expressed; and the quality of
the staff and faculty he met during the interview process added to the appeal, and,
he said, "I love apples!"
Iwaasa is currently assistant professor of music at Sauk Valley Community College
. Originally from
, he received a music diploma in trumpet and composition from
, and bachelor's and master's degrees in music composition from Brigham Young University
"I am hoping to work with musicians of all types," he said. "While I have loved working
with some terrific college musicians, I have also enjoyed making music with elementary
school students, special needs students, people at church, non-music faculty colleagues,
dancers and public school teachers."
Iwaasa specializes in composition and trumpet. He has played bass guitar and trumpet
with the SVCC Chamber Ensemble, trumpet and baritone with the Sterling Municipal Band,
French horn with the SVCC Symphonic Band, cornet with the BYU Wind Symphony, and trumpet
with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Community College Jazz Combo,
Autumn Brass Quintet and New Westminster College Jazz Band.
He has conducted the SVCC Chamber Ensemble and the Sauk Valley Chamber Strings, and
completed some work in film.
"I have enjoyed writing music for all sorts of people, too," he said. "I'm hoping
to get my feet wet in as many ways and places as time will allow. I would also like
to expand on my recording experience and training."
Iwaasa said he and his family-wife, Tanya, and children, Jaden, Jenaesha, Teigen,
Temeren and Taran-intend to "put down roots" and stay in
for a "very long time."
Courses that Iwaasa will teach this fall include Fundamentals of Music, Music Theory
I-A, Individual Voice, Piano and Instrument Instruction, Sight Singing and Ear Training
I-A and Chamber Choir.