History of Lawrence Children’s Choir

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Janeal Krehbiel

Founded in 1991 by sisters Janeal Crabb Krehbiel and Marilyn Crabb Epp, the Lawrence Children’s Choir has grown from one 40-voice choir to an organization comprised of six choirs serving approximately 250 singers from Northeast Kansas, including the communities of Lawrence, Perry, Emporia, Osage City, Topeka, Baldwin City and Eudora. Current choirs include Capo, for preschool-kindergarten students; Cadenza, for kindergarten-3rd grade students; Choristers for 3rd-6th grade students; Tour Choir for 5th-10th grade students; the Ambassador Choir for 8th-10th grade students, and the Crescendo Choir, for senior citizens. Upon Janeal Krehbiel’s retirement in April, 2012, long-time assistant Carolyn Welch assumed the position of Artistic Director.

The Tour Choir has recorded seven professional CDs. Past feature performances and tours include:

  • Phoenix Girls Choir in Phoenix, Arizona – joint concert
  • Southwestern Div. of the American Choral Directors Assoc., Dallas Texas
  • National Music Educator’s Conference in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kansas Music Educator’s Conference
  • Kansas Gubernatorial Inaugurations (1998, 2002)
  • Habitat for Humanity and CASA benefit concerts
  • KANU Goodtime Radio Review
  • MENC World’s Largest Concert – Premier choir, televised on PBS
  • Worlds of Fun Festival of Choirs – First place trophies (2)
  • American Guild of Organists Convention
  • University of Kansas Music Department in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Britten’s War Requiem
  • North Carolina Summer Institute – Choir-in-Residence (1998)
  • American Choral Directors Assoc. National Convention, Chicago (1999)
  • Carnegie Hall, New York City Festival 2000 – Featured Choir
  • Performances at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Alban’s Cathedral and The Windsor Parish Church in England
  • Guest Choir for Chorus America National Conference
  • Tour to Eutin and Berlin, Germany (2005)
  • International Choral Festival, Missoula, MT (2006)
  • Mile High Festival, Denver, CO (2008)
  • American Choral Directors Association National Conference, Oklahoma City (2009)
  • Tour to Lithuania and Latvia (2009)
  • Kansas Tour (2010)
  • Pacific Northwest Tour – Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC (2010)
  • Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall in New York City (March 2012)
  • International Choral Festival, Missoula, MT (July 2013)