Platinum Edition Show Choir Leadership
Nancy Allen (director) is professor of music at Viterbo University. She teaches music education courses, Conducting I, Theory I and II, is music director for university theatre productions, and supervises student teachers. Allen founded and directs Platinum Edition, Viterbo's collegiate show choir which has forty-four members. Platinum Edition recently performed as the host collegiate choir at the FAME Show Choir Competition in Orlando and Nationals in Chicago. Platinum Edition Show Choir enjoys hosting and performing at the Viterbo 101 Show Choir Competition each January. Originally from La Crosse, Allen received her Bachelor of Music degree from Viterbo College in 1984, where she majored in piano performance and K-12 vocal music education. She received her Master of Music in Choral Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988. Allen taught music in Iowa for 14 years. She was active in the Iowa Choral Directors Association. Currently she is serving the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association as Standards and Repertoire Chair for Show Choir. Allen enjoys working as a professional accompanist and has played over 90 musicals and operas. She is director of the Sanctuary Choir at the First Congregational Church and is enjoying her eighth year as organist. Allen founded and directs the Coulee Kids Choir, a show choir made up of 5th–9th grade students from the area.
Shane Rhoades (choreographer), a native of Iowa, currently resides in New York City and La Crosse. His career has afforded him the opportunity to perform all over the world, including Japan, Europe, Central and South America, Canada, and all 50 states. His Broadway credits include The Boy form Oz, starring Hugh Jackman, and he served as the associate choreographer for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Off-Broadway he performed in FAME on 42nd Street. His national and international tours include A Chorus Line, Chicago, West Side Story, Pippin, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and …Grinch. Regionally he has had the pleasure of performing at Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, St. Louis MUNY, Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Arena Stage, Atlanta TOTS, Houston TUTS, Ordway PAC, Kansas City Starlight, Stages St. Louis, and The Grand Ole Opry. He is also a member of the music theatre, theatre, and dance faculty at Viterbo University where he has choreographed A Chorus Line, Little Women, Pippin, West Side Story, and Oklahoma, as well as numbers for Platinum Edition Show Choir and Coulee Kids Choir.