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Vocal Music Faculty

Valerie MackValerie Lippoldt Mack - vmack@butlercc.edu
Lead Instructor

Valerie Lippoldt Mack, music chair and dance instructor at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas has gained experience and recognition as a music educator and professional choreographer throughout the United States. Her choreography has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Disney World, national ACDA conventions and MENC workshops, the Miss America pageant and various national showchoir competitions and festivals around the country. In 2010, the Butler Headliners were one of four finalists in NBC's TODAY's "Show Choir Showdown� and performed for more than 8.5 million viewers. A noted clinician, adjudicator and director, she has presented and adjudicated more than 500 workshops and festivals. She and her husband Tom, direct the annual Butler Showchoir Showcase each summer in El Dorado, Kansas.

Her best-selling books, IceBreakers: 60 Fun Activities to Build a Better Choir and IceBreakers 2 from Shawnee Press includes favorite team-building activities and fun games as well as encourage students to be positive, focus-minded musicians. Valerie and Todd Schreiber co-authored Olympic Games for the Music Classroom, also through Shawnee Press. Valerie's newest resource book, Putting the SHOW in Choir! is now available and is a great source for teachers, choreographers, administrators and even parents. This how to book covers every aspect of staging a choir to auditioning, hiring a choreographer to dancing with style, recruiting males to dealing with stage moms.

At Butler Community College, Valerie directs the 120-voice Butler Concert Choir, the Butler Headliners Showchoir, the Smorgaschords Barbershop Quartet, and teaches tap dance, choreography and private voice. The Smorgaschord barbershop quartet has continuously placed in the International Collegiate Barbershop Competition. Valerie was honored as the Butler Master Teacher, has delivered commencement addresses, and is in demand as a motivational speaker for numerous events.

In her spare time, Valerie teaches at the Kansas Dance Academy, directs the Risen Savior Lutheran Church Choir, is on the board of directors for Music Theatre of Wichita, is a talent coach for the Miss America program, does regional commercial and TV work, and is involved with family activities. Valerie and Tom reside in Wichita, Kansas with their two children, Stevie and Zane.

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Mattheu UdlandMatthew Udland - mudland@butlercc.edu
Instructor

Matthew Udland holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University in Music Theater and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After having performed all across the U.S. in multiple regional and national tour productions, he continues to music direct and perform as a featured soloist in concerts and theater events.

In the choral music scene, he is an active member and presenter at ACDA and MENC conventions. His professional choral experience includes clinician work as well as travel with the Kansas City Collegium Vocal, a regular featured ensemble at the Piccolo Spoleto festival. As an advocate for purposeful integration of technology into the core curriculum and performance based classroom he continues to research how technology can be used to enhance content and connect students, faculty, and other schools through modern web-based equipment.

At Butler, Mr. Udland rehearses the 120 voice Concert Choir and the Butler Men, teaches Music Appreciation and voice lessons, and works with the theater department as music director for musical productions.   

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Joel KnudsenJoel Knudsen - jknudsen@butlercc.edu
Accompanist

Joel Knudsen has been an instructor of music at BCC since 1998. He teaches First Year Music Theory and Applied Piano, along with other music courses. Mr. Knudsen (aka Mr. K) leads a five-piece combo that accompanies the Headliners, and he also accompanies Chamber Singers, Concert Choir and Jazz Band. In addition, Mr. Knudsen has been the pianist for the Wichita Symphony since 1984, and maintains an active private studio of piano students.

His wife Lori is very supportive of the BCC music program, and Mr. Knudsen is the proud father of three boys who are musician's, and the proud grandfather of three awesome grandchildren. "I am at Butler Community College to do my part in making it the best music department it can possibly be. I love working with our students; watching them grow as people and as musicians. At the same time I am grateful for the growth in my own musicianship over the years I have taught at BCC. This is a direct result of working alongside of, and learning from, my wonderful colleagues and our talented students."

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Nancy WescheNancy Wesche
Adjunct Vocal Instructor

Nancy Wesche joined the faculty in the fall of 2005, bringing 32 years of experience to Butler. Her experience includes private studio work, choral, instrumental and church music, as well as work in the areas of curriculum and assessment. Her duties at Butler include the Butler Ladies, the Noteables, and private vocal studio work.

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Katie Banks-Todd
Adjunct Faculty Voice Instructor

Katie has performed in both the National Touring and Broadway Companies of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and the concert version of JERRY SPRINGER:THE OPERA at Carnegie Hall. Katie has performed off broadway and in benefits around the country and Canada. Locally, she has performed with Music Theatre of Wichita and this December was thrilled to be a soloist with the Butler Concert Choir and the Wichita Symphony. Katie is now the director of drama at the El Dorado High School, she teaches private lessons and is a proud mom to her dramatic 2-year old.

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Heidi Teichgraeber
Adjunct Instructor

Heidi Surber Teichgraeber graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Music Education, with an emphasis in voice. Heidi has been a vocal music teacher in both public and private schools teaching grades 2-12. Heidi has worked with individual students for many years including private voice lessons, preparation for auditions, community work in 4-H with drama and music, community vocal performances, directing church children, youth and adult choirs, community Christian youth musicals and have been a soloist in the state of Kansas and Texas for different venues through the years. While teaching in the public schools she directed show choirs as well as large and small ensembles, was the musical director for our all school musicals, and worked with many, many students privately. She is a member of KMEA, MENC, Kansas Arts Foundation, and the Kansas State University Choir Advisory Council.

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