Anita Byers, assistant show choirs director at Nevada High School, says Wes Morton is a charismatic teacher who applies his prodigious musical talent to the classroom.
"Wes is a lot of fun," said Byers, who has worked with Morton for seven years while singing duets with him and participating in choirs he directed. "He has an amazing voice and the kids really respond to the way he teaches because his love of music is contagious.
"The show choirs don't just sing, they dance and perform. It's a lot of work, but I have seen parents who couldn't believe that was their kid up there on the stage with so much energy and talent. Wes always says he has three goals, to make beautiful music, to have fun and to have fun while making beautiful music."
At contests Nov. 10, in Seneca, and Dec. 8, in Webb City, the Soundsational Singers placed first and second in Class 4-5 competition and were awarded for having the best choreography and best opening and closing numbers. The Treble Effects were first in their division and named "Crowd Favorite" and "The People's Choice" at the competitions.
Morton came to Nevada in 1991 as music director at the United Methodist Church and was a case manager for children with behavioral disabilities at the State Department of Mental Health and Pathways Mental Health before joining the Nevada R-5 School District in 2000. He is the high school's vocal music director and will complete online work for a master's degree in fine arts administration from the University of Phoenix in May.