Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen is a Professor of Music at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She teaches Music Theory I & II, supervises student teachers and has been the music director for theatre productions for several years. Recent productions include A Chorus Line, Cats, Oklahoma, Westside Story, Merrily We Roll Along, Altar Boys, Shout, Little Women, Avenue Q and 9 to5. Nancy founded and directs “Platinum Edition,” a collegiate show choir that has forty one members. In March 2017 they performed at the American Choral Directors National Convention in Minneapolis. Platinum Edition enjoys hosting and performing at the Viterbo 101 Show Choir Competition each January and putting on a show for the public every semester.

Originally from La Crosse, Nancy Allen received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Viterbo College in 1984, where she majored in piano performance and K-12 Vocal Music Education. She received her Master of Music in Choral Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988.

Nancy enjoys working as a professional accompanist and has played over 100 musicals and operas.  She is director of the Sanctuary Choir at the First Congregational Church and is enjoying her ninth year as organist. Favorite hobbies include golf, traveling and playing cards!

Steve Woodin

Before his retirement in June of 2010 Steve Woodin spent 28 years as the Director of Choral Activities at Urbandale High School where he conducted the Concert Choir, Select Mixed Choir, Urbandale Singers, and Studio the varsity show choir. While at Urbandale High School 392 students were selected into the Iowa All-State Chorus. His Show Choirs received numerous state and national awards. Steve was the 1st recipient of the, “Allen and Sandra Chapman Director Appreciation Award of Excellence” given by Show Choir Nationals on March 28, 2010.  
Steve has served as an adjudicator for the Iowa All-State, and has served as an assistant to 4 Iowa All-State Chairs. He has judged at State small and Large group contests in Iowa and Nebraska. He will be adjudicating show choir competitions this year in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. He  presently teaches private voice and this passed year worked with All-State ensembles from Johnston, High Schools. He served at the music director for, Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, Seussical the Musical, and Peter Pan, at the Des Moines Playhouse.  Steve directed the 2011 OPUS boys honor choir and Chaired the 2012 Iowa Choral Directors Association Summer Symposium. Steve loves to travel and fish in his spare time.  
Steve has been married to Paula for 38 years and has 3 children, Scott, Greg and Janelle. 

Dr. Gerald Kreitzer

Dr. Kreitzer is Director of Music Activities at Mount Mercy University, and Artistic Director of the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale in Cedar Rapids, IA.  He earned his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of Iowa, his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters in Music degrees from the University of South Dakota. He is the 2016 recipient of the IHSMA National Federation Outstanding Music Educator State Award, and the 2017 recipient of the National Federation Outstanding Music Educator Section IV (IA., IL, WI, MI, IN), and a member of the O’Gorman High School (Sioux Falls, SD) and Cedar Rapids Washington High School Hall of Fames.
At Mount Mercy, he directs the multiple choral ensembles, initiated the University Band, and organizes the Summer Academy which features an All-State Choral Workshop and offerings for music educators.   He has also taught Introduction to Music class, Music History, and Elementary Music Methods for the Classroom Teacher.  
Dr. Kreitzer spent 22 years as Director of Choral Music at George Washington High School, and was Director of Orchestras at Washington High School in 2012-13.  Before his tenure at George Washington High School, Dr. Kreitzer served on the faculties of the University of South Dakota (Vermillion) and the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls). In addition, he was a professor at Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa, IA), and taught at Clear Creek and LaSalle High Schools.
Dr. Kreitzer is a Past President of the Iowa Music Educators Association, a member of ACDA, MENC, ISTA, and IBA. Among many musical involvements, Dr. Kreitzer was the Musical Director of the Metropolitan Chorale in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, IA, Musical Director of the Black Hills Playhouse, is the Chorus Master for Cedar Rapids Opera Theater productions.  Dr. Kreitzer directs the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church in Cedar Rapids, and is a frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.
Dr. Kreitzer and wife Kelley are parents of four wonderful daughters and three grandsons, Titus, Jack and Silas.


Band - Mark Kretschmer

Mark Kretschmer (combo judge) retired last spring after thirty-nine years of instrumental music education, thirty-eight here in Davenport. Mark has had the opportunity to direct award-winning bands at competitions in San Antonio, Texas, Orlando, Florida, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He has also directed bands at the intermediate and elementary levels.  Mark also directed the band for West Connection, West High’s varsity show choir for the past 14 years garnering Best Band Captions and numerous top three finishes. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, studying under Morgan Jones, Robert Yeats, and Frank Piersol. Mark received his Masters degree in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University.  He has completed post-graduate work at the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Western Illinois University.  Mark and his wife Deb, a fifth grade teacher at Truman Elementary, are the proud parents of Steven and his wife Ellie who reside in Overland Park, Kansas, Kelly, the performing arts curriculum specialist for Des Moines Public Schools, and Molly, a freshman music education major at Drake University, and grandparents to Charlie and John.

Choreography - Emily Begnaud

Dance and music have been a passion of Emily’s since she started performing at very young age in Iowa City, Iowa. Emily is currently working as a freelance choreographer and clinician for show choirs, musicals, dance teams and community groups throughout the midwest. Her groups have won multiple state titles in dance as well as best choreography awards. Her musicals include ​High School Musical, Annie, Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, Pirates of Penzance, South Pacific, Once on this Island, Shrek, The Music Man, Sister Act and many others. She is also on staff at the Heart of America Dance Centre in Lee’s Summit, MO. Prior to moving to Kansas City, Ms. Begnaud was the vocal music director at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. Ms. Begnaud conducted the Concert Choir, and Chorale, and is started Bettendorf’s first competitive show choir, ​Surround Sound. During her time in the Quad Cities she also taught voice and dance lessons at the River City Music and Dance Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with her bachelors degree in vocal music and music education. Ms. Begnaud the 2004 recipient of the Marcia Thayer Fine Arts Scholarship and the 2006 recipient of the Cora Curtis Hayes music education scholarship. While at the University of Iowa, Ms. Begnaud was a member of the Kantorei Chorus and a performer in the Old Gold Singers. She was an active member of the University of Iowa dance department. Ms. Begnaud was a member of the City Circle acting company of Coralville. Her roles have included Zaneeta in the ​Music Man, and a bird girl in ​Seussical the Musical. She was honored to dance the role of Mrs. Stahlbaum in the Heart of America Youth Ballet’s performance of ​The​ ​Nutcracker​ this past December.  She was also a member of the Fame All-Stars 2005 European Tour. Ms. Begnaud currently resides with her husband, daughter, and two son’s in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. 

Allen Chapman

Allen Chapman has taught vocal music at every level, elementary through college, in a remarkable career spanning more than four decades.  Allen’s choirs appeared on twelve divisional and national MENC and ACDA convention programs.  He and his late wife, Sandra, directed ten concert tours of Europe.  His show choirs were competition finalists and champions across the Midwest and he was a co-founder of the Iowa Show Choir Camp.  

Chapman was named one of the Top 12 Music Educators in Iowa by MENC, he and Sandra were given the prestigious McCowen Award by ICDA, and Show Choir Nationals established the Allen and Sandra Chapman Excellence in Education Award which is presented annually during their competition at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  Most recently, Allen was recognized by the Iowa High School Music Association with the National Federation Award of Merit. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to music education at the local, state and national levels. 

Professionally, Chapman has chaired the IHSMA committee that founded the State Show Choir Competition, the Iowa All-State Chorus, and served for ten years as National ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair.  He continues to maintain an active schedule as director, clinician, and adjudicator nationwide.



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