Michael Reese Emily Wall
Michael Reese is in his sixteenth year of teaching and his eighth year as Director of Choral Activities at Central High School in Davenport, IA. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, and has completed his course work for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Iowa. Prior to his doctoral studies, Reese was Director of Choral Activities at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School (1998 – 2004) and Cedar Rapids Prairie High School (1996 – 1998).
Reese is a past winner of the prestigious American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) Student Conducting Competition and has served as guest clinician for nearly 50 choral events. His choirs have been invited to sing at both National and Regional ACDA Conventions. He has been recognized for his classroom leadership in various publications, has been named multiple times as the Teacher of the Month, has been a HUG (Helping Us Grow) award recipient from the Davenport Community School District, and was also awarded the Die Hard Blue Devil Award for his contributions to youth throughout Central.
Show Choirs under Reese’s direction have received numerous caption awards, as well as 1st runner-up or Grand Champion awards in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. He continues to be in demand as both a show choir clinician/adjudicator, and has been music arranger for show choirs in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Reese has served on the boards of the Iowa Choral Director’s Association and the North Central American Choral Director’s Association in eight different capacities. He serves the Davenport Community School District as a member of the Music Advocacy Committee, the Music Curriculum Council, BASICS (funded by the Kennedy Center) and as the Chair of Central’s Music Department. Reese has served his community by being a member of the North Scott Superintendent’s Advisory Council and is the Director of Praise Ministries at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bettendorf, IA.
He resides in Park View, Iowa, with his wife, Angela, their twelve-year old daughter, Peyton, and their five-year old son, Nolan.
Emily Wall is the Associate Director of Vocal Music at Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa. Currently in her sixth year at Davenport Central. She directs the women’s choir and a mixed concert choir during the school day and also directs the preparatory show choir, Blue Vibrations. She has also directed or co-directed Central’s musicals during her tenure there, including "The Wizard of Oz", "The Secret Garden" “The Music Man,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Godspell,” and “Guys and Dolls,” She holds a Bachelors Degree in K-12 Music Education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where she studied with Richard P. Hoffman and Margie V. Marrs during her undergraduate course work. At Coe, Emily was the recipient of the Marshall Full Tuition Scholarship for the Arts in vocal music and also an active member in the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She holds professional memberships in Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity, MENC- National Association for Music Educators, and American Choral Directors’ Association. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, cycling, and spending time with her friends and family.