Northwest High School Choirs
Mr. Douglas K. Beery, Director of Choral Activities
Douglas Beery is currently serving in his sixth year as the Director of Choral Activities at Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, Ohio. During his tenure at Northwest, the choral program has grown from 60 to 140 students, from three to eight choirs, and achieves Superior Ratings at OMEA State Adjudicated Events in Class AA, A, B, and C categories. In 2017, Mr. Beery was selected as the Northwest Local Schools “Teacher of the Year” and was a finalist for Stark County “Teacher of the Year”. In addition, he was selected a Finalist for the 2020 Canton Symphony Orchestra “Music Educator of the Year”. Mr. Beery has 19 years of secondary public school teaching experience, in addition to graduate assistant conducting appointments at The Ohio State University and most recently Kent State University, where he served as conductor of the Kent State University Men’s Chorus, and assistant conductor of the KSU Chorale. He also is proud to have successfully served at Massillon Washington High School for 10 years as both Assistant and Head Choral Director. Choral ensembles under his direction have successfully toured Ohio, the United States, and Europe. In addition, he has held the baton as the Music Director and Conductor for 19 Broadway Musical productions.
Mr. Beery received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Capital University and a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. Additional Doctoral work has been credited in Music Education with a Cognate in Conducting at Kent State University. Further graduate conducting study has taken place at the University of Michigan and Miami University. Choral groups under Beery’s direction have earned consistent and numerous superior ratings at District and State Adjudicated Events, and have been invited through audition to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conferences, one of the State’s highest honors for performing ensembles. Mr. Beery is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Ohio Music Education Association, where he is an adjudicator of large group choral and solo/ensemble events for OMEA. Mr. Beery has also served as a guest conductor for area middle and high schools, and for the District 9 Middle School Honor Choir. He has presented throughout OMEA districts on the subject of building and maintaining the high school vocal music program. In addition to his many conducting and teaching duties, he is pleased to serve as Director of Music at Central Presbyterian Church in Massillon, Ohio.
A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
To: Members of the Northwest High School Choirs
From: Mr. Beery
RE: Choir Year 2020 – 2021
Dear Choir Family,
I am so happy that you are back! It is in this letter that I normally reflect on our great accomplishments from the year past (for which we had many), and look forward to building on those musical accomplishments this year, I will use this time to write about something else. Make no mistake, we will sing, rehearse, and perform this year at a level that will still solidify us as one of the best choral programs in the state. That being said, this year is more than ever about choir family, friendship, connection, kindness, and community. You are the people that not only will determine our choirs’ success and well-being this year…but for years to come as you pave the way through this difficult time to a post Covid-19 era for future choirs. It is our responsibility to work with each other and for each other. While the NHS Choirs are in many ways like a sport with friendships built and camaraderie amongst its members…you may also feel a stronger connection, one that connects heartbeats and souls as the power of vocal music brings us together.
We will sing safe this year by wearing masks, social distancing, and singing in the gym. We will also split into sectionals a lot to assist in social distancing. Through all of this your safety and emotional well-being is my greatest concern, the wonderful music making will come as a by-product of that.