Scott Reffert, Voice
B.S. Music Education, Chadron State College
Scott Reffert grew up in Omaha where he attended Millard West High School. He participated in choir, all-state choir, band, jazz band, show choir, and musicals. In his outside time, he took private lessons from Joel Johnston and was one of the founding members of the SNJ Singers. Following high school, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education K-12 from Chadron State College, where he studied under Dr. Joel Schreuder, who most notably sang the Halo (video game) theme song. During Scott’s time in Chadron, he performed in a variety of ensembles, including concert choir, men’s choir, vocal jazz, concert band, and show band. His senior year, he also helped found a set of student-lead a cappella ensembles which are still going strong to this day. He was lucky enough to student teach in 2015 under Mrs. Lyn Bouma and Mrs. Sara Cowan at Omaha Central High School, as well as Mr. Paul Susemihl at Western Hills Magnet Elementary.
Following graduation, he started his career teaching vocal music 6-12 from 2015-2018 in Ogallala, Nebraska. Here he taught a variety of choirs, guitar classes, vocal jazz ensembles, and show choirs. He directed Fiddler on the Roof (2016), and directed the music in My Fair Lady (2017) and Guys and Dolls (2018).
During his time in Ogallala, the program performed at a consistently high level. From 2016-2018, the Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, and Combined Choirs consistently received superior (I) ratings each time they performed at District Music Contest, and 2018 marked the first time in school history that every OHS vocal ensemble, small group, and soloist, received a superior (I) overall rating. In addition, the high school sent a record number of students to All State Choir in 2015, and continued to send relatively high numbers throughout his tenure.
He also taught two guitar classes, and in February of 2018, his students prepared and performed a full 45 minute concert in front of an audience of 300 at an FFA Leadership conference. At the final school concert, they also performed a variety of pieces including a performance of Freebird (Lynyrd Skynyrd) with the full solo, played by a student who had taken the class for three years. Scott can teach a variety of styles, from beginner levels to fairly advanced; whatever you’re interested in learning.
Professionally, he has also played a variety of other roles, such as being the church choir director at United Methodist Church in Ogallala from 2015-2018, an adjudicator for the Mountain West Music Conference in 2017, and a leader at the 2017 University of Kearney All-State Prep camp.
Since moving back to Omaha, he has joined the Omaha Chamber Singers and has started teaching both voice and guitar lessons at both the SNJ Millard/Elkhorn studios. He couldn’t be more excited to be back where he began his musical training!