Carol A. Tralau is currently director of music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as an instructor of voice for approximately thirty high school students. During her tenure as a high school director, she taught music and biology and coached basketball and softball. The choirs she directed performed on one national and three regional ACDA convention programs. In addition, Tralau accepted the invitation to direct the demonstration choir for the undergraduate conducting competition at the 1999 national ACDA convention in Chicago.
She has guest conducted various honor choirs in the Midwest, including an Iowa Opus Honor Choir, a Minnesota all-state choir, a North Central division ACDA women's honor choir, and the South Dakota All-State Honor Choir. She still enjoys preparing quartets for all-state auditions and serves as an all-state clinician for several Cedar Rapids area schools. Having experienced vocal problems in 1993 due to illness, she has done further study with speech pathologists and is intrigued with the “mechanics” of vocal production.
Allen Chapman is a long-time choral director from Fort Madison, Iowa. Named one of the top 12 music educators in Iowa by Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Chapman has taught music at levels ranging from elementary through college. His career spans more than four decades with choirs appearing on 12 divisional and national MENC and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention programs. Chapman and his late wife, Sandra, directed 10 concert tours in Europe and received the prestigious McCowen Award from the Iowa Choral Directors Association (ICDA). Show Choir Nationals established the Allen and Sandra Chapman Excellence in Education Award, presented annually during competition at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
Chapman's show choirs were competition finalists and champions across the Midwest, and he was a co-founder of the Iowa Show Choir Camp. He is renowned in southeast Iowa for directing outdoor community broadway musical productions, which drew audiences of 10,000 people. Soloists from Allen's voice studio have won the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS) competition and nearly 500 of his students have been selected for membership in the Iowa All-State Chorus.
Most recently, Chapman was recognized by the Iowa High School Music Association with the national Federation Award of Merit at the All-State Music Festival in Ames, Iowa. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to music education at the local, state and national level. He is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College, holding a bachelor's degree in music education, and Truman State University, holding a master's degree in voice.