Choreography - L.D. Kidd

L.D. is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa, where he teaches Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. 
 
When not teaching or choreographing, L.D. is a member of Theatre Cedar Rapids' Improv team, JOYRIDE. He is a licensed massage therapist and registered yoga teacher at SOL Studio in Cedar Rapids, IA.
 
L.D. is the proud father of Myles Davis Kidd (3), Kohen Davis Kidd (11 mo.), and Kodi, his (4) adorable Shiba Inu.

Vocal - Debora Utley

Debora Utley graduated from Elmhurst College, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, with a double major in Theatre and a Certificate in Vocal Performance.  She received her Master of Music from Northern Illinois University in 2000 and Master of Education from Olivet Nazarene University in 2010.

Debora received the “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year 2000” award from the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).  She has been a clinician and guest conductor for various schools across the nation and Canada and was on the adjunct faculty of Elmhurst College as the Director of Women’s Chorus.  In 2011, she earned the “Outstanding Contribution to Education” award from Buffalo Grove High School.  Debora has served as the ACDA Show Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Midwest and ILMEA District 7 Vocal Jazz Representative.

Debora’s responsibilities as Director of Vocal Music at Buffalo Grove High School currently include Beginning Treble Choir, Advanced Treble Choir, Men’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Vocal Director of the Spring Musical, 2 Vocal Jazz Ensembles, and 3 competitive A Cappella Ensembles.  As a performer, Debora has appeared in lead roles in over 30 theatrical productions, was a featured performer at Worlds of Fun Amusement Park in Kansas City, and was a National Anthem performer for the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Comets.

Critique - David Fog

<>David Fog has been a choral music educator in Iowa for 40 years, including 34 years at Emmetsburg High School where he directed six choral groups before retiring in 2014. After two years of teaching half time at North Union High School, he returned to teaching full time this fall at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona, IA. The vocal music program at Emmetsburg was named one of fifty “Outstanding Small School Music Programs” in the United States by the Standards and Repertoire Committee of the American Choral Directors Association. In addition to numerous IHSMA state contest honors, the EHS Choral Groups have earned superior ratings and overall championships at choral festivals in Orlando, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington DC, and Denver during their regional tours.

The EHS varsity show choir, “High Voltage” consistently strove to “raise the bar” for small school excellence in show choir competition, finishing first in their class in over 90% of their competitions and performing in the overall championship finals many times in over thirty years of competitive performance under Mr. Fog.  He also has directed all aspects of 20 musicals.

Mr. Fog has been a football coach since he began teaching, and was recently named the Class1A Assistant Coach of the year in 2010. He continues to be an active ICDA mentor, clinician and adjudicator for show choir festivals and the IHSMA sponsored state contests. He and his wife, Kelley, have been a “team” throughout their careers, co-teaching at Emmetsburg and assisting each other as they continue their teaching careers in the Catholic school systems of Emmetsburg and Bishop Garrigan. They love to get together with their four children and two grandchildren on weekend gatherings, tailgates and at their home on the lake in Emmetsburg. 

Critique - Matt Huth

Matt Huth is in his twenty-second year of directing vocal music in Iowa.  He is on staff at Waukee Schools in Waukee, Iowa where he is one of four directors in the progressive 9-12 vocal program.  High School show choirs under his direction have consistently received Grand Champion honors as well as caption awards of: Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Band, Best Soloists, Best Sportsmanship.  Groups under Huth’s direction have been nationally recognized for their achievements.  In 2014, Huth was an Aspire Award nominee for Vocal Vanguard from Fame National Show Choir Events.
 
Huth has served the on the Iowa Choral Directors Association Board in many capacities for thirteen years.  He has held numerous positions including the 2001 Convention and Symposium Chair.  He has also served as President-Elect, President, and Past-President.  During his tenure on the board, Huth worked with the Iowa Department of Education on the educational reform Model Core Curriculum and 21st Century Skills and served on the K-16 Music Summit Committee.  Huth also serves as the chair for the Iowa High School Music Association Liaison Committee for All-state/Contest Affairs.  This committee reviews and revises policy for the all-state music festival and other state sponsored music festivals.   
 
Matt holds a Bachelors of Music Education and a Masters of Arts in Teaching (Music Emphasis) degrees from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.  He was the recipient of the Paul MacCollin Distinguished Alimni Music Achievement Award in the Spring of 2015 from the Morningside College Alumni Association.  He is an active clinician, guest director, and adjudicator throughout Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Kansas, Florida, and Nebraska.  Matt has guest directed many ACDA district, regional, and state festivals around the Midwest.

Band - Mark Kretschmer

Mark Kretschmer (combo judge) is in his 39th year of instrumental music education. He is currently Director of Bands at Davenport West High School, a position he has held since 1980.  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 has directed the band for West Connection, West High’s varsity show choir for the past 14 years.  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 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 senior, who is a member of West Connection, and grandparents to Charlie!

Choreography - Jeni Donahue

Jeni Donahue (Choreographer) is a professional choreographer from Chicago who earned her BFA in Dance and Vocal performance from Columbia College.  Jeni has been dancing since age 6 and choreographing professionally for 25 years.  She has worked with all age levels and abilities and has been heavily involved in every aspect of dance including Musical Theatre, Pom squads, competitive cheerleading and dance troupes, color guard, music videos and show choir.  Her groups, in all areas, have won numerous awards for choreography, design and visual effect.  Jeni is sought after as a clinician, adjudicator and guest speaker at competitions and events throughout the United States.  She is currently on staff for over 47 High Schools, 20 Universities and 12 various Theatre companies all over the U.S.  Jeni was honored to choreograph Illinois All State productions of Ragtime (2005), Urinetown (2010) & Into the Woods (2011).  She has also recently taken on directing as well and has directed productions of Rocky Horror and American Idiot.  Jeni is a member of ITA and was recently a dance workshop presenter for the Illinois Theatre Festival.  When not choreographing others Jeni like to get on stage herself and has held leads regionally in Chicago, Joseph, Once Upon a Mattress, Oliver and Drowsy Chaperone.

Clinician - Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson retired from public school teaching in May 2017, after having taught high school choral music in Iowa for 41 years. Mr. Anderson’s choirs sang featured performances at two North Central Division ACDA Conventions and one National ACDA Convention.  His choirs toured internationally on four different occasions from 2003-2012. Bob was the director of 10th Street Edition, the varsity show choir at Linn-Mar High School.  10th Street Edition was a consistent finalist in competitions throughout the Mid-West, and were named Grand Champion innumerable times with Bob as the director.  He was President of the Iowa Choral Directors Association from 1991-93, served as the President of the North Central Division of ACDA from 2002-2004 and was the Chairman of the 2004 North Central Division Convention. Bob currently teaches 25 private voice lessons per week, supervises student teachers for Coe College in Cedar Rapids, as well as teaching the Choral Methods courses at Coe. He was elected to a four year term on the Linn-Mar Community Schools Board of Education in September.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa, and has done graduate work at the University of Iowa.
Bob and his wife Jill live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jill is the choral director at Northwest Junior High in Iowa City. They have a twenty-one-year-old son, Matthew, who is a percussion performance major at the University of Iowa. Go Hawks!

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