Mount Mercy will welcome area high school chamber ensembles from Washington and Xavier high schools for this special celebration and performance. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in concert as individual ensembles and also combine as a mass choir with the Mount Mercy University choir during a fun and musically rewarding celebration.
Mount Mercy’s Coordinator of Campus Music Dr. Gerald Kreitzer and Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music Dr. Daniel Kleinknecht will provide high school students with a unique opportunity to obtain feedback from professional choral faculty.
“We are very happy to host this Chamber Choir Festival at Mount Mercy University. The singers and directors will enjoy a rewarding time of non-competitive music making and sharing,” says Kreitzer. “This festival will provide a venue for area Chamber Choirs to perform for one another and collaborate with our Mount Mercy University Choir. In addition, we hope the students will enjoy being on ‘the Hill’.”
Prior to coming to Mount Mercy University, Kreitzer was director of vocal music for 22 years at Washington High School and also taught at The University of Northern Iowa, The University of South Dakota, Indian Hills Community College, and LaSalle High School. He has been president of the Iowa Music Educators Association, musical director of the Metropolitan Chorale in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, musical director of the Black Hills Playhouse. Kreitzer is currently the chancel choir director at First Congregational Church in Cedar Rapids, and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician in Iowa and surrounding region.
In addition to teaching at Mount Mercy, Kleinknecht currently serves as executive director and conductor of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. He previously taught at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and served as music director for Fort Dodge Area Symphony Orchestra in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He received degrees in music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Iowa. He is listed in the International Who’s Who of Music and Musicians. His articles have been published by the American Choral Director’s Association and the American Choral Review. He has conducted performances (both live and recorded) for Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Public Television.