Emerick Dee is in his 16th year of teaching and fifth year as choir teacher at Traverse City West Middle School. Mr. Dee is the lead choir teacher at WMS where he is responsible for the 6th-8th Grade Choirs as well as the Madrigal Singers (27 auditioned 8th grade students), totaling over 250 students.
He formerly taught at Roscommon HS & MS and Morley Stanwood Community Schools after graduating from Central Michigan University in 2003. Mr. Dee’s involvement in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association is extensive. His students consistently receive top ratings and highly commendable comments from MSVMA adjudicators. His 8th Grade Treble Choir was chosen to perform at Choral Hour as part of the Michigan Music Conference in 2020. He directed the 7-8-9 TTB State Honors Choir in 2016. He accompanied several State Honors Choirs from 2009 through 2020. He serves the MSVMA members frequently as an adjudicator and clinician/consultant. He has presented sessions at the MSVMA Summer Workshop and Michigan Music Conference. He has served on the Full Board of MSVMA as a District Manager and as a Supervisor for State Choral Festival. He is a contributing content provider for Musician's Toolkit, an online music education resource for teachers and students. He also serves on the West Middle School Leadership team. Emerick loves spending time with his wife, Janelle, and their four children (Piper, David, William and Georgiana).
Erich Wangeman is a veteran teacher with extensive success! He is entering his eighth year @ TC West Middle School where he is the co-teacher of the 8th Grade Treble Choir and the 7th & 8th Grade Tenor / Bass Choir in addition to his responsibilities as the lead choir teacher at TC West Senior High School. And...he has an epic beard! ;-) For a more extensive bio, please visit the TC WSHS Choir website.
Also, check out this video featuring more about Mr. Wangeman!
Here's another video featuring three TC West Choir Teachers, Mr. Dee, Mr. Wangeman, and Mrs. Wolf-Schlarf. It focuses on the opportunity for three choirs to perform at the 2019 Michigan Music Conference and speaks to the wonderful tradition of choral excellence at the Traverse City West schools!
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