IHS Music Staff

Meet the Staff

Nic Addelia

(515) 961-9510 x3126


Mr. Addelia has been teaching band for six years. This is his fifth year teaching in Indianola.  He directs the Symphonic Band, Jazz 2, Jazz Combo, and Pep Band, and co-directs The "Pride" of Indianola Marching Band.


After graduating from Pleasant Valley High School, Mr. Addelia completed his Bachelor of Music Education Degree at the University of Northern Iowa along with a minor in Jazz. He has taught middle and high school band in several districts, including Burlington and Waterloo West. He has participated in several municipal and community wind bands including the Des Moines Metro Concert Band, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble.


Mr. Addelia's primary instrument (group) is percussion, but he can play every band instrument a little bit! He greatly enjoys playing the trumpet and performed with his high school jazz band on trumpet in addition to his normal time behind the drum set.


Outside of school, Mr. Addelia regularly performs with several smaller ensembles as a session drummer in and around the Des Moines area, including the Des Moines Big Band, the CJC House Jam Band, and several smaller jazz combos. His main musical project outside of school involves co-leading and writing music for an alternative jazz trio named Shevelia. Shameless plug - check out their website and catch a show sometime!

In his free time, Mr. Addelia loves going to live music performances, traveling, cooking new recipes, and nerding out over Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons. 

Valorie Hagener

(515) 961-9510 x2126


Valorie has been teaching high school vocal music at Indianola for 22 years. She started her teaching career as a K-12 vocal music teacher in the Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock School District.  She currently directs the A Cappella Choir, co-directs the Choraliers and Concert Choirs, and is the director of Side One varsity show choir.


Raised on a farm in northern Iowa, Valorie graduated from Sheffield-Chapin High School and then attended the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Idaho. She graduated from UNI with her BME degree in 1987 and has earned graduate credits through Drake University and the University of Iowa. 


As an active church musician, Valorie has directed the Youth Choir and is currently director of the Middle School Choir.  She has also been the director of the Sunday School and Bible School music for over 10 years. She is an active member of the Iowa Choral Directors association and has attended their summer convention for 25 consecutive years.


Valorie lives with her husband, John, and their 2 daughters, Joslyn and Terrill, in Indianola.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, being outdoors, and and dining out.  Give her a bike and a trail, and life is good.  



Mike Richardson

(515) 961-9510 x2122


The 2019-20 school year will be Mr. Richardson's 23rd year of teaching instrumental music.  This is his 7th year at Indianola High School.  He directs the Wind Ensemble, Jazz I, co-directs The "Pride" of Indianola Marching Band and Pep Band, teaches the DMACC accredited Music Theory and Music History classes to junior and senior music students, and also teaches band lessons.  Prior to coming to Indianola, Mr. Richardson taught middle school and high school band in the Fort Dodge Community School District from 2000 to 2013.  He previously taught 7th-12th grade band at North Central-Manly (now Central Springs) for two years and one year as the 6th-12th grade band and choir director at the American-Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua.  During his teaching career, Mr. Richardson’s bands have received consistent Division I ratings at the IHSMA festivals, appearances at the Iowa Jazz Championships and numerous other awards.  He also has taken band trips to Phoenix, Arizona; Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; Chicago, Illinois and the Wisconsin Dells.


A graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High, Mr. Richardson received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1997 and earned his Master’s of Music degree from the American Band College (Southern Oregon University) in 2009.  He has also completed graduate work at University of Iowa, Eastern Illinois University, the University of South Dakota and UNI.  Mr. Richardson has been an approved adjudicator for the Iowa High School Music Association since 2002 and served as the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association President from 2011-2013.  He also serves on the Iowa High School Music Association District Advisory Group.


Mr. Richardson is a member of the Karl L. King Municipal Band in Fort Dodge and former member of the Mason City Municipal Band as a trombone player.  He also directed the bell and chancel choirs at First United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge from 2001-2011.  He and his wife, Sara, reside in Indianola with their two children (Ben-18 and Betsy-15).  Sara is a teacher librarian at Timber Ridge Elementary in the Johnston Community School District.


Mr. Richardson’s hobbies include traveling (been to 19 countries and 33 states), watching movies, spending time with his family, bicycling (done RAGBRAI 4 times), and exploring technology.  He also three cats and one golden retriever appropriately named “Jazz.”


Myles Finn

515-961-9510 Ext 2154


Myles is the director of 9th Grade Treble and Bass Clef Choirs, Choraliers, Flip Side and Musicals.  This is Mr. Finn's 4th year of teaching.

After graduating from West Delaware High School in Manchester, Iowa, Myles went to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.  While at Wartburg he studied Music Education while singing in three choral ensembles.  Mr. Finn was the president and director of a men's choir as 



Heidi Terrell

515-961-9510 ext. 2282


The 2016 - 2017 school year was Heidi Terrell’s first year as a teacher. She teaches 5 - 12 orchestra and serves at Indianola High School, Indianola Middle School, Wilder, Emerson, Whittier, and Irving.


After graduating from Quincy High School in Quincy, Illinois, Mrs. Terrell studied at Drake University and graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. During her time at Drake she was a String Scholar at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines and served as principal violist in the Drake Symphony Orchestra and Drake String Ensemble.


Mrs. Terrell’s primary instrument is viola, which she enjoys playing in the Simpson College Community Orchestra and in quartets for weddings and other gigs. In addition, she also plays violin and piano.


Outside of school, Mrs. Terrell loves cooking (and eating), going to live music events, and going to the movies.

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