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Janeal Crabb Krehbiel Biography

Janeal Crabb Krehbiel

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Janeal Crabb Krehbiel, founder and director of the Lawrence Children's Choir, is a clinician and festival director throughout the United States. A graduate of Bethel College in Kansas, she earned a Master's degree in Music Education at Wichita State University. She was a member of the Chorister's Guild Board of Directors, has been the featured clinician at St. Olaf College, Montreat Music Conference, Westminster Choir College, and the North Carolina Summer Institute of the Choral Art. She has held seminars at colleges and universities, directed camps and festivals and published many articles about choral music for children and youth. In March 2000 Ms. Krehbiel was the guest conductor for the National 2000 Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall. She conducted the 2007 National Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall and conducted the Lawrence Children's Choir in a premier performance at Carnegie Hall.

She taught elementary vocal music in the Denver Public Schools (Colorado), high school vocal music in the Hesston Public Schools (Kansas), and completed fifteen years with the Lawrence, Kansas public schools, teaching grades 7, 8, and 9. For eighteen years she served as children's choir director at the Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Janeal is an active member of ACDA, MENC, KMEA, and Chorus America. She is the past president of the Kansas chapter of ACDA. She organized the Kansas Honors Children's Choir and directs honors choirs, regional and all state honor choirs for children and junior high students throughout the United States. In July 1999, her colleagues in Kansas ACDA awarded the Harry Robert Wilson Award to Ms. Krehbiel in recognition of her outstanding contribution to choral music. In December 1999, Janeal was awarded the Outstanding Middle Level Music Educator for Northeastern Kansas.

Under Janeal's direction, the Lawrence Children's Choir was chosen to sing at the 1999 national ACDA convention, the 1996 regional ACDA convention, the 1996 national MENC convention, and was the featured choir for the World's Largest Concert on PBS in 1994. In 1998 the choir was the artist in residence choir for the North Carolina Summer Institute of the Choral Art. In 2000and 2007 they were chosen to sing the featured concert at Carnegie Hall for the FSI Festival, where Ms. Krehbiel was the conductor of the National Children's Choir. In 2003 they were the featured children's choir at Chorus America's National Convention. They also performed at St. Martin in the Field and St. Paul's Cathedral in 2003. They were invited to perform at the SWACDA convention in March, 2004. The choir toured Germany in the summer of 2005 and was one of four American choirs to sing at the International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana in the summer of 2006. The choir has been selected to perform for the National ACDA Convention for 2009.

Ms. Krehbiel was the conductor of the National ACDA Jr. High Honors Choir in Los Angeles in 2005. She has been the guest conductor for numerous ACDA divisional convention's Honors Choirs, both for children and junior high singers. She is teaching and conducting in Singapore in March, 2009.

Being "Mom" to two 30 something daughters and, along with husband "Baba," being "Mimi" to two granddaughters and a grandson keeps her current with pre school repertoire and endless adventures.

Groups Directed

Lawrence Children's Choir