All-State Choral Workshop Clinicians

Dr. Gerry Kreitzer
Mount Mercy Director of Music Activities

Gerry Kreitzer

Kreitzer received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in music education and his Master of Music in music history and literature from the University of South Dakota.  He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Iowa.

Prior to coming to Mount Mercy, Kreitzer served as director of vocal music for 22 years at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, and also taught at The University of Northern Iowa, The University of South Dakota, Indian Hills Community College, and LaSalle High School.

Kreitzer is the Artistic Director of the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale,  has served as president of the Iowa Music Educators Association, musical director of the Metropolitan Chorale in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, musical director of the Black Hills Playhouse, is the Chancel Choir director at First Congregational Church in Cedar Rapids, and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician in Iowa and surrounding regions.

As Director of Music Activities, Kreitzer directs the University Choir, Jazz Connection and Madrigal Singers, and is Director of the Summer Music Academy.

Allen Chapman 

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.

Amy Farley

Farley is currently Director of Choral Music at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and is currently working on her Masters of Music Education at Anderson University in South Carolina.  While at 

UNI, Mrs. Farley studied voice in the studio of Dr. Leslie Morgan, sang in many choirs, and participated in various operas.  She was also invited to premier a work by David Childs at Carnegie Hall in 2011.  Mrs. Farley cannot be more proud to be teaching at Washington High.  At Washington, Farley directs various choral ensembles, Celebration, and A Slice of Jazz.  She also was the musical director of “Legally Blonde” this past fall.  In Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Farley has performed at the Opus Café, Theatre Cedar Rapids, and with the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale.  She is excited to continue her involvement in the community.  Mrs. Farley is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.  Mrs. Farley lives in North Liberty with her wonderful husband Matt, a Supervising Pharmacist of Operations at St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Kent Keating
Mount Mercy Director of Show Choir

Keating was previously the Director of Vocal Music at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, where he directed and assisted with many vocal ensembles. Prior to his position at Jefferson, Kent taught vocal music at City High School in Iowa City and instrumental music at Washington High School in Washington, Iowa.

Kent brings to Mount Mercy a diverse background of experience and knowledge. He has directed over 150 community and professional musicals and productions. Besides musicals, Kent has performed twice in Carnegie Hall with the Washington (Iowa) Choral Society. In addition to his teaching adventures, Kent has also served as a composer and arranger for high school and college marching bands, orchestras, and show choirs throughout the Midwest.

Carol A. Tralau 

Carol Tralau

Traulau 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.