Huron High School Choirs:
> The Ann Arbor Huron High School Choral Program was founded by Ruth E. Datz in 1968, when the school was opened. Over the past 53 years the choirs have upheld the highest standard of excellence under the direction of Ruth Datz, Dr. Richard Ingram, Bonnie Kidd, and Kent Wattleworth. They have received superior ratings on a consistent basis at both district and state choral events and have performed at multiple MSVMA, MYAF, and ACDA conferences. The Huron Choral program consists of four curricular choirs, the extra-curricular Unity Choir, and four pop a cappella choirs. The Huron Choirs have been invited to appear at festivals, conferences, and competitions both nationally and internationally, and receive invitations to perform with various organizations each year including the Ann Arbor Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and professional chamber choir, Sounding Light. Most recently, the Bel Canto Choir performed at the 2016 Michigan Music Conference under the direction of Bonnie Kidd, and the A Cappella Choir performed for the 2020 Michigan Music Conference. The choirs have completed nine international tours and recently traveled to Ireland in March of 2019, performing two full length concerts as well as singing in the massed choir performance in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. These students are wonderful musicians and are so excited to be performing for the Rotary club today!
> Kent Wattleworth
> Kent Wattleworth has been teaching vocal music for 24 years and he has been teaching at Huron High School since 2017. He currently directs all the choirs at Huron, teaches music history in Humanities, and he is also the musical director and producer for the school musicals. Before coming to the Ann Arbor Schools, Kent taught choral music in the Chippewa Valley School District, and he has taught music at every grade level from Kindergarten general music to the undergraduate collegiate level choral methods. Choirs under his direction have performed with the Macomb Symphony, the Warren Symphony, the Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Ann Arbor Symphony,. He has sung professionally with various churches in metro Detroit, as well as the professional chamber choir, Sounding Light. He has been an MSVMA honors choir director and his choirs have been selected to perform multiple times at the Michigan Music Conference, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, and ACDA state and regional conferences. Kent has served MSVMA in various roles and has been a conductor and vocal teacher at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from Hope College and his Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from Oakland University.
Huron High School Choirs: