Michael Reese Emily Schrank Reid Keller
Michael Reese is in his twentieth year of teaching and his twelfth 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) Conducting Competition and has served as guest clinician for over 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, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, 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 nine different capacities; the most recent was hosting the 2014 State-wide Summer Symposium. He serves the Davenport Community School District as a member of the Music Advocacy Committee, the Music Curriculum Council, 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 two children (Peyton and Nolan)
Emily Schrank is the Associate Director of Vocal Music at Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa. Currently in her twelfth year at Davenport Central, she directs several curricular choirs as well as the prep show choir, Blue Vibrations. She has also directed or co-directed several of Central’s musicals during her tenure there, including “The Music Man,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Godspell,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Secret Garden,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Footloose.”
Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in K-12 Music Education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 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 for four years. Emily was also an active member in the Delta Delta Delta sorority where she served terms as chapter music chair and President of the Panhellenic Council for all of Coe’s Greek system. She holds professional memberships in Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity, MENC- National Association for Music Educators, and American Choral Directors’ Association.
When not teaching at Central, Emily has enjoyed her time as an honor choir director and show choir judge in her home state of Iowa and around the Midwest. She recently earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, cycling, and spending time with her friends and family; especially her wonderful husband and show choir choreographer, Ben Schrank. They currently reside in Davenport, IA with their loveable dogs, Pacey and Auggie.
Reid Keller is the Associate Director of Choirs at Davenport Central High School in Davenport, IA. Currently in his seventh year of teaching and third at Central, Reid co-directs the Freshman Chorus and is the conductor of The DC Men’s Choir. Keller also directs the 27-member show choir band, which accompanies both the preparatory and varsity show choirs. Under his direction, “Pit Nation” has earned numerous “Best Band” caption awards at competitions around the Midwest. Mr. Keller also serves as Central’s Varsity Boy’s Golf Coach. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Reid also became Director of Choirs at Mid-City High School in Davenport. At M-C he directs the Mid-City Singers ensemble and teaches Music Theory.
Prior to arriving in Davenport, Mr. Keller taught 5-12 Vocal Music at Tri-Center Community Schools in Neola, IA (2013-2015) and 7-12 Vocal Music at Manson Northwest Webster Community Schools in Manson, IA (2011-2013). He was also the Director of the Southwest Iowa Men’s Chorus based at Iowa Western Community College for two seasons.
Reid attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and graduated with his degree in Music Education in 2011. During his time in the Wartburg Choir, he studied with Dr. Paul Torkelson, the late Professor Weston Noble, and Dr. Lee Nelson. Reid is an active member of the Iowa Choral Director’s Association chapter of ACDA and has been a member since 2010. Mr. Keller is an avid golfer, an active musician, a frequent traveler, and a passionate sports fan. When not teaching or coaching, Reid loves spending time with his wife of 4 years, Sarah and their beautiful daughter Nora Joy.