St. Anthony Catholic School

Welcome to Music

Thomas Kolbo

Office Phone: 515-243-1874, ext. 403

Hello! My name is Thomas Kolbo and I am teaching K-8 General Music, Choir, and assisting in band here at St. Anthony. I am excited to become a part of the parish and share in the joys of music.

As a student, I attended St. Columbkille in Papillion, NE from 1st grade through 8th grade. Following that, I went to Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Omaha, NE. I then studied at and graduated from Simpson College with my Bachelors Degree in K-12 Music Education, and this is my first full year of teaching!

Making music has always been an important part of my life. At a young age, I was taking piano lessons along with participating in the band, jazz band, and musical theater. However, I originally wanted to become an engineer. My Junior and Senior year of High School, I was recruited and offered scholarships to compete in college for cross country and track & field, along with playing piano. Through the guidance provided by my mentors, God, and Boy Scouts (I became an Eagle Scout August of 2013), I decided to become a teacher and devote my life to the service of others.

In College, I discovered singing, and quickly became involved in my college's choral program. To this day, I still continually develop my choral skills by participating in the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble (DMVAE).  My hope is that I can share my passion for music with your students in a way that will inspire them to make music an integral part of their lives. It is a joy to meet all of you and for us to work together in harmony at St. Anthony.

Jennie Gervais

Office Phone: 515-243-1874, ext.  

Hello, I'm Mrs. Jennifer (“Jennie”) Gervais.  I grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, and have always loved music and knew early on that I would be a music teacher.  I took piano lessons as a child and joined the school band in 4th grade on clarinet.  I received a Bachelor Degree from the University of Iowa (GO HAWKS!) and a Master Degree from Drake University.

I have over 30 years of teaching experience collectively from Rock Falls (Illinois), WACO Community School District (Iowa), Colfax-Mingo Schools, and St. Joseph Catholic School.  I have enjoyed playing in community bands throughout her career.

I have been married to husband Andy for 26 years and have two teenage daughters (Camille, a junior at Des Moines North High School and Bridget, a sophomore music major in French Horn at Drake).  Our family has three pets: a mini Schnauzer (Emma), a Maine Coon cat (Figaro), and a small tabby (Clara Schumann).  In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, sewing, scrapbooking and making family videos.