KMEA Hall of Fame
Janeal Crabb Krehbiel
Inducted in 2012
Janeal Crabb Krehbiel is a graduate of Bethel College. She also earned a Master's degree in Music Education at Wichita State University. Janeal taught elementary vocal music in the Denver Public Schools and later went on to teach high school vocal music in Hesston, Kansas. For 18 years she served as the children's choir director at Bethel College Mennonite Church and 15 years in Lawrence, Kansas teaching grades 7-9. Janeal is the founder and director of the Lawrence Children's Choir. Under her direction, the choir was chosen to sing at the 1999 National ACDA Convention, the 1996 Regional ACDA Convention, the 1996 National MENC Convention, and was the featured choir for the World's Largest Concert on PBS in 1994. In 1998, the choir was the artist in residence choir for the North Carolina Institute of the Choral Art. The choir also performed at the Southwest ACDA and National ACDA Conventions. In 2000 and 2007 they were chosen to sing the featured concert at Carnegie Hall for the FSI Festival, where Ms. Krehbiel was the conductor of the National Children's Choir. Janeal is an active member of ACDA, NAfME, KMEA, and Choral America. She is the past President of Kansas ACDA. In 1999 she was named the Outstanding Middle Level Educator for NWKMEA and was the recipient of the Kansas ACDA Harry Robert Wilson Award.