Mr. Doug Beery - Vocal Music Director
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 OMEA 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 Director’s Association and Ohio Music Education Association, where he has been 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. Douglas Beery recently concluded his seventh year as the Director of Choral Activities at Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, Ohio. During his tenure at Northwest, the choral program grew from 70 to 140 students, from three to nine choirs, and achieved 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 as a finalist for the 2020 Canton Symphony Orchestra “Music Educator of the Year.” Mr. Beery has 20 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 Director and Director, where he headed a choral program of nearly 300 students. Mr. Beery is looking forward with great anticipation and excitement to leading the Hoover High School Choirs in a “Tradition of Excellence!”
Mr. Bruce Nist - Drama and Technical Director
Bruce is in his fifth year of teaching here at Hoover High School. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, he has been involved in over 20 various theatrical productions including ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Chicago,’ and ‘Sweeney Todd.’ In addition to teaching the technical theatre program he is also a symphony manager for the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. Having the opportunity to share the arts with a new generation of students is the highlight of his career.
Mr. Ronald Varn - Instrumental Music Director
Mr. Varn Received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Masters at Kent State University and Ashland University. His position at Hoover High School is Director of the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, the String Orchestra, the Hoover Full Orchestra, and music theory. He is in his 30th year of teaching for North Canton City Schools and his 17th at Hoover High School. He is in his 28th year of teaching for North Canton City Schools and his 15th year at Hoover High School. Mr. Varn is honored to have conducted Anything Goes, West Side Story, Aida, ‘Lil Abner, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Thoroughly Modern Mille, The Music Man, Les Miserables, and Beauty and the Beast.