Choir Track


Daily Festival Activities Include:

  • Festival Choir Rehearsal
  • Breakout Vocal Ensembles and Solo Coaching
  • All-Festival Choir
  • Evening Activities – Performances and Entertainment


Matt Berthot HeadshotMatt Berthot graduated from Friends University with a degree in music education and is the vocal music director at Winfield High School. Since coming to WHS, the vocal program has grown from 90 to 186 students. He also teaches voice lessons to students of all ages and during the summer carries a load of 50 voice students per week. Matt shares his life-long love of musical theatre and sports with his students.

Matt created a yearly tradition at the high school called Vikings on Broadway, a musical review the entire choir participates in that continues to sell out each year. He has sent many students to SCKMEA District Honor Choir and the KMEA State Festival. Each June, he takes a group of seniors to see Broadway shows in New York City.

In addition to his work at WHS, Matt has been directing the Music Theater Ensemble at Southwestern College and working on his Master’s degree in music education. He is also able to contribute his expertise for Southwestern musical productions, including “Sweeny Todd. In 2012, Matt was honored to be one of the 217 quarterfinalists for the Grammy Teacher of the Year award. He was selected out of 30,000 teachers from across the United States. Matt believes that anyone can sing and that every person should strive to reach their full-potential in every aspect of life.

Choir Track Schedule 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014 Schedule

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Festival Move-in
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Counselors, SC Ambassadors, CIT’s and Participants – Intro to Festival
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm First Choir Track Rehearsal
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner – Welcome Center
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ambassador Team Building Activity
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Dorm Procedures and Evening Activity
11:00 pm Lights Out!

Tuesday, June 10 - Friday, June 13

7:30 am – 7:55 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:55 am Choir Track Rehearsal
10:00 am – 10:55 am Breakout Vocal Ensemble Rehearsals
11:00 am - 12:15 pm Electives/ All-Festival Band Rehearsal
12:20 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:50 pm – 2:10 pm Showcase and Masterclass Time
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm Electives/ All-Festival Orchestra
3:35 pm – 5:30 pm Choir Track Rehearsal
5:35 pm – 6:00 pm Dinner
6:05 pm – 7:20 pm All-Festival Choir Rehearsal
7:25 pm – 8:30 pm Various All-Festival Events
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Evening Activity

10:30 pm Lights Out!

Saturday, June 14


8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:00 am Final Rehearsals
11:00 am Refreshments - Roy L. Smith Student Center Lobby
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Check Out (in phases)
1:00 pm Vocal Solos - Richardson PAC
Jazz Combo - Deets Library
Chamber ensembles and piano performances - Messenger Recital Hall
1:40 pm Vocal ensembles - Richardson PAC
Chamber ensembles and piano performances - Messenger Recital Hall
Composition Debut - Darbeth Listening Lab
Jazz Combos - Deets Library
2:20 pm Chamber ensembles and piano performances - Messenger Recital Hall
Composition Debut - Darbeth Listening Lab
3:15 pm Orchestra Concert - Richardson PAC
4:15 pm Choir Concert - Richardson PAC
5:15 pm Banquet - Roy L. Smith Student Center


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