Valerie Lippoldt Mack, music 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, Valerie directs the Butler Headliners Showchoir, the Smorgaschords Barbershop Quartet, and teaches tap dance and private voice. The Smorgaschord barbershop quartet has continuously placed in the International Collegiate Barbershop Competition. Valerie was honored as the 2002 Butler Master Teacher, has delivered commencement addresses, and is in demand as a motivational speaker for numerous events.