Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Education and BM in Piano Performance, 1976 Millsaps College MM in Piano Pedagogy and Choral Conducting, 1978, University of Southern Mississippi MA in Educational Leadership, 1994, Jackson State University
Mrs. Bette Weems Weir
Bette Weems Weir received a B.M. with Piano Emphasis and B.A. in Education from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, a Masters in Music in Piano Pedagogy and Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a M.S. in Educational Administration from Jackson State University. She is a native of Jackson, Mississippi where maintained a private piano studio from 1978 until 1999. She taught choral music on the secondary level for 19 years before moving to Colorado in 1999 to take the choral position at Bear Creek High School in Jefferson County where she taught for 3 years. She was the first full-time high school choral music director in the Brighton School District 27J beginning in 2003, teaching at Brighton High School and opening Prairie View High School, where she is currently employed where she serves as Choral Director and Class Piano Instructor. She obtained funding and set up the class piano labs at both high schools in the Brighton School District.
The middle and high school choirs under Mrs. Weir’s direction have performed throughout the United States including 9 appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, a performance at the White House and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., as well as singing the National Anthem for the Rockies, the Giants and the Dodgers on their respective home fields. Her choirs consistently earn superior ratings at contests and festivals on the local, state, regional and national levels and have been featured on National Public Radio as well as the Today Show on NBC. Students of Mrs. Weir have gone on to perform on Broadway, sing with the New Orleans, San Francisco and Santa Fe Operas and place 1st runner ups on the a cappella group contest TV series “Sing Off”. Over 50 students have earned music degrees on the university level, going on to become choral directors on the k-12 and university level and as church musicians.
Mrs. Weir was the recipient of the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education twice during the 1990’s, first for her work with the Mississippi Symphony in partnership with the Jackson Public Schools to provide symphony musicians as string teachers for the 75+ schools in the district. Her second award was in recognition of her choral music program at Madison Central High School, Madison, Mississippi.
Mrs. Weir has been an active member of both the state and
national chapters of the Music Educator’s National Conference and the
Choral Director’s Association. She
served as president of both of these professional organizations in
Mississippi. She continues to do
volunteer work for the Colorado chapters of both of these groups. She
co-ordinates and hosts CHSAA Large Group Choral Festivals at PVHS on a
Mrs. Weir’s choral program was recognized 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-13 and 2013-14 by the Colorado High School Activities Association as one of the top 10 choral programs in the state of Colorado.
Mrs. Weir has presented workshops on the state, regional and national level on Technology for Music Teachers, Sight-reading for choirs, and Tried and True Secondary Choral Literature. She has participated in intensive choral conducting workshops with Eph Ely (FSU), Donald Nuen (UCLA), Henry Leck (Indianapolis Children’s Choir), Renee Clausen (Concordia College), the late Moses Hogan (New Orleans), Andre Thomas (FSU), Peter Bagley (UConn), Sandra Willets (UAla), Ken Fulton(LSU) and Jerry Jordan(Ole Miss).
Mrs. Weir resides in a loft near Coors Field in Denver with her husband, Harry, a high school math teacher, and three west highland terriers. Her son, Hap is a graduate of DU and is currently teaching honors English to high school freshmen and sophomores in the Denver Public Schools.