5th-8th Grade Orchestra
Beth Neitzert is the director of 5th-8th grade orchestras at Washington and Huron Middle School. She also conducts the Huron Middle School Honors Orchestra and gives private string lessons. Neitzert holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Huron University and a Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University. She is currently in the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education program at Boston University.
Neitzert is the choir director and church accompanist at Riverview United Methodist Church in Huron. She is an active clinician and adjudicator, violinist for community orchestras and chamber ensembles, and performs regularly as concertmaster of the LyricWood Orchestra at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD. Neitzert is vice president for the South Dakota String Teachers Association as well as a member of ASTA, NAfME, and SDMEA.
Julie Berger is the 6th-8th Band Director at Huron Middle School. She is currently in her 16th year of teaching for the Huron School District, and 18th year overall. Throughout her teaching career, Mrs. Berger has taught a wide variety of music ensembles, including HS Choir, MS Choir, HS Band, HS Drumline, MS Band and 5th Band. She received her Bachelor in Music Education from Northern State University in 2003.
Mrs. Berger has been nominated three times for Huron Teacher of the Year at both the high school and middle school levels. She has been featured in School Band and Orchestra as one of their 50 Directors Who Make a Difference in 2011. She was named South Dakota Young Bandmaster of the Year in 2012. She holds memberships in South Dakota Bandmasters Association, South Dakota Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Fraternity.
Vocal Music & General Music
Hi! I'm Teresa Smith and I teach grades 6-7 general music and 8th grade guitar, as well as 6-8 vocal music. This is my 31st year of teaching! I have three kids (two are grown and living in Sioux Falls and my son is a senior in high school this year) and two dogs. I got a puppy for my birthday back in March so he has been my COVID project. Their names are Bogey and Chip. I look forward to getting back to school and seeing (and hearing!) you in my room.