Emerick Dee is in his 17th year of teaching and sixth 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, 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 regularly presents sessions at the MSVMA Summer Conference and the 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 four children (Piper, David, William and Georgiana).
Erich Wangeman is a veteran teacher with extensive success! He is entering his ninth year @ TC West Middle School where he is the co-teacher of the 7th Grade Treble Choir and the lead teacher of the 7th & 8th Grade Tenor / Bass Choir in addition to his responsibilities as the lead choir teacher at TC West Senior High School.
Mr. Wangeman received his B.A. in Music Education and M.A. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. Since he began teaching, choirs under Mr. Wangeman’s direction have received highest honors at national and international festivals. His choirs consistently perform in Michigan’s most prestigious performance venues, representing the finest in high school choral singing. Choirs under his direction were selected from a nation-wide audition to receive the prestigious Weill Institute Grant from Carnegie Hall. Choirs from his former high school program were also featured at regional and national conventions of the American Choral Director’s Association. Mr. Wangeman has served on the board of directors for ACDA Michigan and as president of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. He is a nationally recognized choral clinician and the subject of the book, “Swagger, Gentlemanliness, and Brotherhood: Explorations of Lived Experiences In a High School Men’s Chorus. Mr. Wangeman travels throughout the United States to lecture about the developing the male voice and building men’s choruses. He currently resides in Traverse City, Michigan with his wife and daughter where he is a proud Traverse City West Titan!
Also, check out this wonderful video featuring 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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