KMEA Hall of Fame
Clayton H. Krehbiel
Inducted in 1989
Clayton H. Krehbiel was born in Moundridge, Kansas and died in 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia. After earning the bachelor's degree in music education from The University of Kansas, Krehbiel was the band director at Oberlin, Kansas. He sang with Norman Luboff, Mitch Miller, Fred Waring, and Robert Shaw. By the time he left New York in 1949, Krehbiel had participated in over thirty recording sessions for RCA and Columbia Records and he earned a master's degree at Columbia University. He returned to the state for a 17 year career as director of choral activities at The University of Kansas. While at the university, he was honored as the first recipient of the prestigious HOPE (Honor for Outstanding and Progressive Educators) Award. In 1966, Krehbiel became director of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, was director of choral activities at Kent State University, and served as coordinator of the vocal division of the Blossom Music Center. In 1971, he was appointed director of choral activities at the Florida State University.