Dr. Kimberly Bachelder Helton is currently Instructor of Flute at Simpson College.  She has performed and presented master classes internationally, as well as throughout the Midwest.  She was a recipient of the prestigious University of Iowa Performance Fellowship and has taught flute at Grinnell College and at Drake University.  Dr. Helton received the Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Brigham Young University, Master of Music from Drake University, and Doctorate of Musical arts from the University of Iowa.  She is piccoloist/third flutist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, piccoloist with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra and a member of the Polaris Wind Quintet.


Susan Odem received her Bachelor of Music degree in oboe from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Master of Music degree from Drake University.  She is a member of the Des Moines Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony Woodwind Quintet, the Bruch Trio, and the Amadeus Trio. Ms. Odem is an adjunct instructor of double reeds at Simpson College and Central College and also teaches a large private studio of double reed students.


Kariann Voigts, clarinet, is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Music Education and Performance.  She taught public school instrumental music in Iowa for three years before pursuing her Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University.  Upon completion of her degree in 1998, Ms. Voigts joined The United States Air Force Band of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, one of the two premier musical units of the Air Force.  For her distinguished service with the band, Ms. Voigts was a recipient of the United States Air Force Commendation Medal.  Kariann’s professional orchestral playing experience includes the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and, most recently, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to teaching clarinet at Simpson College, Ms. Voigts has maintained a private woodwind teaching studio throughout her career with an emphasis in clarinet.


The Lyric Winds

Woodwind Trio


Kimberly Helton, flute

Susan Odem, oboe

Kariann Voigts, clarinet

Des Moines Musicians Association


American Federation of Musicians

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