Dr. Weidenaar has a wide-ranging background in teaching. He taught at public or private schools in Michigan, Germany, Norway, and California for a total of fifteen years – nine of those years overseas . His assignments included teaching everything from 3rd-13th grade students in choral, general and instrumental music courses at various times.
Having earned BM and MM degrees from Western Michigan and Michigan State Universities respectively, Dr. Weidenaar received his Doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2002, after which he spent four years on the Northern Arizona University faculty.
Dr. Weidenaar spends a great deal of time with directors and/or choirs of all levels. He has presented workshops to music educators in five states, as well as in Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, and Germany. He has adjudicated, served as clinician, or conducted over 900 choirs since 2002. A lifetime member, Weidenaar is active in the American Choral Directors Association at state, regional and national levels. Most recently, he served as President of the Northwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) from 2012-2014, and received the ACDA Leadership Award for Washington state in 2015.
The CWU choirs he directs are known throughout the state and beyond. CWU’s Women’s Choir was chosen to sing at the 2012 WMEA state conference. Since 2008, CWU’s Chamber Choir has appeared at two state conferences, and three regional conferences for both ACDA and NAfME. The choir is also featured in twenty-five professionally edited YouTube Videos, viewed worldwide more than 1200 times daily.
In 2015, the Chamber Choir received an invitation to take part in the prestigious Tolosa International Choir Competition. The choir spent twelve days in Spain, and presented five concerts. including one in the Cathedral in Léon, one of most historically significant buildings in the world.