Vocal Music Faculty
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. Her best-selling books, IceBreakers: 60 Fun Activities to Build a Better Choir and IceBreakers 2 include 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. Valerie's newest resource book, Putting the SHOW in Choir! covers every aspect from staging a choir to auditioning, hiring a choreographer to dancing with style, recruiting males to dealing with stage moms.
At Butler, Valerie directs the 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.
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. He has performed across the United States in multiple regional and national tour musical theatre productions. He is an active member and presenter at ACDA and MENC conventions and has been the managing editor of the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education for six years. His professional choral experience includes clinician work as well as travel with professional period music ensembles.
At Butler, Mr. Udland rehearses the 120 voice Concert Choir which regularly performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Butler A Cappella which arranges and performs pop a cappella repertoire. He teaches Music Appreciation and voice lessons, and works with the theater department as music director for musical productions. He has been the recipient of the School Bell Award from the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, as well as been voted the Student Life Outstanding Instructor. He regularly works as a guest clinician and adjudicator for festivals and high schools in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
Mr. Waters has not always been a Kansan. In fact he hails from the Deep South – Mississippi to be exact. There he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a voice concentration and business minor from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He has been a soloist in choral ensembles, theatre productions, and operas.
Waters continued at Millsaps College earning his Masters of Business Administration. While completing his MBA, Waters worked as choir conductor at a local Methodist church where he discovered a passion for conducting and different styles of worship. This passion led him to Dallas, Texas and Southern Methodist University where he completed a Masters of Sacred Music and a Masters of Music, both with an emphasis in choral conducting.
At Butler, Waters works with the Chamber Singers, coaches class and applied voice, teaches Music Theory and Aural Skills, and teaches Music Appreciation on the Andover campus.
Tyler Koepp, Adjunct Instructor of Vocal Music
Tyler Koepp holds a Bachelor of Music degree in both vocal performance and PK-12 vocal music education from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. He is currently a candidate for the Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice at Wichita State University, where he holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship through the Music Education Department. Mr. Koepp was selected for the “Canta in Italia” program (2012 & 2013), where he performed and studied opera in Italy with some of the world’s most accomplished vocal technicians. He has been consistently recognized as one of the Mid-West’s best young artists through the N.A.T.S. auditions, having placed first a handful of times at the state and regional level. While in Nebraska, Mr. Koepp has maintained a large voice studio, performed or directed in over a dozen musicals, has taught alongside Broadway stars through the Allegro Wolf Broadway Academy, and has advocated for young music students throughout the Mid-West.
At Butler, Mr. Koepp directs the Butler Ladies Showchoir, the Noteables, and teaches applied voice.
Heidi Teichgraeber, Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Heidi 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.
Michelle Vardaman, Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Michelle Vardaman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in opera and a minor in piano pedagogy and accompaniment from Wichita State University in May 1995. She then received certification for Italian and Opera History from The Istituto Europeo in Florence, Italy. Mrs. Vardaman received her Master’s in Vocal Education from WSU in December 2012.
Besides teaching voice at Butler County Community College, Michelle has been privately teaching piano, voice, and theatrical coaching for the last 20 years in the Wichita/Andover area. Mrs. Vardaman is the Children’s Choir Coordinator and Children’s Theatre Director for Countryside Christian Church. Michelle Vardaman is also the Music Director for the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Centers’ Main stage productions and for the Heather Muller Black Box. She has also been the assistant director for the Wichita Choral Society, and the director of the Wichita Choral Society Allegro Group. Michelle has performed with Opera Kansas, Cowtown Empire House, Scottish Rite Signature Theatre, WSU Opera Theatre, and has been a featured soloist for many other special events and charitable organizations. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and performance awards throughout her career.