Mr. Neal Haugen
Neal Haugen is in his 20th year as director of the Willmar High School Choirs and thirty-fifth year in education. He also direct the Cardinal Choir, Varsity Choir, Camerata Men’s Choir and “2701” Jazz Choir. He is the assistant director for the 9th Grade Choir, Choralaires Women’s Choir and co-directs an annual Fall Musical. Neal grew up in Hannaford North Dakota. He began his teaching career in Milnor, North Dakota where he taught K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music. Neal enjoyed nine years of teaching at the Willmar Junior High before moving to the high school.
Neal holds a BA from Concordia College, Moorhead where he studied conducting under Dr. Paul J. Christiansen and a Masters in Choral Conducting from SCSU,where he studied with Dr. Lee Nelson and Dr. Matthew Ferrell.
Neal is an active judge for contests and is a member of ACDA, Nafme, Voice Care Network, and Education Minnesota
Neal's wife, Julene, teaches Communications at the Willmar Middle School. Together they direct the WHS Musicals each fall. They have four children, Kalene (Grant) Sharstrom, Trey (Mary), Elise and Cameron.
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