Waterford Union High School Choirs

Welcome to the WUHS Choirs!


The September Choral Newsletter is HERE!

WUHS Welcomes Matthew Arau from Upbeat Global

All music department students will participate in a leadership conference on Friday, October 1.

Matt will be presenting on a number of topics revolving around building a positive culture in the music department in the morning, and then in the afternoon will be working with athletic captains and activity officers/leaders. It should be an awesome day!!


There are four curricular choir options available at Waterford High School:

  • Principianti - a beginning level choir for Sopranos and Altos in their freshman year of WUHS choir

  • Intermezzo - an intermediate/advanced mixed choir for students of varying years of experience in WUHS choirs

      • Sopranos/Altos meet in one period, Tenors/Basses meet in another

      • They combine for concerts

  • Sulla Cima - an advanced level mixed choir open to grades 10–12 only; audition required

  • Vocal Jazz - an advanced chamber group open to grades 10–12 only; audition required; must also be enrolled in Intermezzo or Sulla Cima


The Waterford Union High School Choirs are under the direction of Derek Machan. The 2021-2022 school year will mark Machan's 21st year at WUHS. In addition to the curricular choirs, he also teaches AP Music Theory, directs the Madrigal Singers, and is co-director for WUHS's annual musical.

Machan received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and earned his Master's Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music.

Under Machan's direction, the choirs have have performed at the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Convention, the Dorian Choral Festival, and as the featured choir at the Clearwater Choral Festival. They have participated in Carthage College and Marquette University choir festivals for 20 years, and have been invited to participate in collaborative concerts with community choirs and universities in South-Eastern Wisconsin. The choirs have traveled to perform in Disney World, New York, Hawaii and Washington D.C. with the WUHS Bands.

Machan is an in-demand accompanist and adjudicator in Wisconsin and the Midwest, and has compositions published with Alliance Music Publications, Inc, Fred Bock, and Alfred Music Publications. As a jazz keyboardist, Machan's first professional jazz gig was with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Machan is a member of the WCDA, NAfME, the International Association of Jazz Educators and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has been awarded the Kohl Teaching Fellowship (2012), and is a five-time recipient of the WAMI Music Teacher of the Year. When he is not at school, he can usually be heard announcing various WUHS athletic events. Mr. Machan currently lives in Waterford with his family.

To get in contact with Mr. Machan, please email him at dmachan@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us