Allen Chapman - Scoring Judge

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, been the Iowa All-State Chorus Chair, 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.

Anne Chapman - Critique Judge

Anne Chapman has been signing since birth and dancing since she could walk.  It was the natural progression of development growing up in the home of music educators.  By middle school, she was earning honors as a vocalist and dance, and by high school, she was teaching at the dance studio, choreographing show choirs, and singing at National ACDA Conventions.  Through her college years at Baylor University, Anne remained active in choral and dance endeavors while earning a degree in Education.  

Anne taught second grade in Texas and Kindergarten in Iowa, but requests for her expertise as a dance instructor, dance team coach, musical and show choir choreographer finally resulted in her transitioning from classroom educator to performance educator.

Anne's studio pupils have been awarded regional and national honors, her dance teams have been crowned State Champions, her show choirs consistently rank at the highest levels in competition, and her skill as an adjudicator and clinician have provided her with numerous opportunities to serve as show choir camp choreographer, guest speaker at conventions and symposiums, and adjudicate competitions nationwide.  Anne is a consummate performance educator; committed to the Art, yet devoted to the learning that occurs through the Art.  Anne Chapman:  singing and dancing since birth; educating and inspiring young performers for a lifetime.

Matt Huth - Scoring Judge

Matt Huth is in his twenty-fifth year of directing vocal music in Iowa.  He is on staff at Waukee Schools in Waukee, Iowa where he is one of five 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. 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.


Mark Kretschmer - Combo Judge

Mark Kretschmer (combo judge) retired 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 are the proud parents of Steven and his wife Ellie who reside in Overland Park, Kansas, Kelly and her husband Michael, who live in Des Moines, and Molly, a music education major at Drake University, and grandparents to Charlie and John.

Brent Peterson - Scoring Judge

Brent Peterson is a vocal music director in the Waukee Community School District.  Now in his 29th year of teaching, he is currently at Timberline School where he directs all of the 8th grade ensembles and show choir EN FUEGO, assists with the 9th grade mixed chorus and show choir, gives voice lessons, and also assists with the other HS show choirs in the district as needed.  In addition to his work with the choirs in Waukee, he is also a volleyball coach and track coach in the district, and was named the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Junior High Track Coach of the Year in 2015.  Brent was the conductor for the Boys OPUS Honor Choir in 2006, and has also received the WOI Channel 5 “My Favorite Teacher” award.


Mr. P., as he is known at Waukee, graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1991 with a B.S. Ed. in Vocal Music Education.  In 1999 he completed a Master of Arts in Effective Teaching degree from Viterbo University, where he has also served as an adjunct professor. When not working with students at Waukee, Brent is an active guest director, show choir clinician and judge, IHSMA All-State Choir Lead Auditor, and speaker around the Midwest.  He is married to Anne Peterson, an elementary music teacher at Brookview/Eason/Woodland Hills in Waukee, and proud Dad to 12 year old Joel Peterson, a 7th grader at South MS in Waukee.  When not working, the family loves to travel to the Florida Keys, golf, and enjoy boating at their lake home on Sun Valley Lake.


Tara Tober - Critique Judge

Tara Tober received her BA in Dance with a concentration in Jazz from the Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts . She is a nationally recognized show choir choreographer, clinician and competition adjudicator. Her innovative work over the past 15 years has spanned hundreds of different high school and college performing ensembles throughout 20 states and has won multiple awards for show design and choreography.  Besides owning and operating her own dance studio in Akron for 4 years, she was also an adjunct professor of dance Kent State University for 4 semesters. She spent four years training and dancing in Chicago, where she was a principle dancer for the Dunco Funk Hip Hop Dance Company, and held internships with both the Gus Giordano Dance company and the Lou Conte Dance Studio - host of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She currently resides in Northeast Ohio and serves locally as Artistic Director for ETC Heid's School of Musical Arts, a non-profit community group which includes 4 show choirs with kids ranging from the 3rd to the 12th grade. 


Recreationally, she enjoyed social dancing -  primarily West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, and Hustle. Most recently she began intensive studies in preparation to compete in ballroom dance -  Rumba, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and Swing. She continues to travel and design staging for show choirs and musicals as well as adjudicate, critique, and give clinics. 

Where & When

Davenport North High School 
626 W 53rd St, Davenport, IA

Middle Schools - Auditorium January 31  High Schools - Gym February 1, 2020


Adults $15.00
Students and senior citizens$10.00

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Adults $15.00
Students and senior citizens $10.00