About Choir




    – – No Audition Required to Join – – 

    The UTMS Concert Choir is available to all students in the middle school. Students are introduced to many choral skills from harmony, pitch control, dynamics, and choral performance etiquette. We will work with varying genres, harmonic styles, rhythmic elements, languages and tempos to create a holistic and diverse musical experience. 

    All Choir Members are to adhere to UTMS Academic and Behavioral expectations detailed in the UTMS Handbook. All UTMS students are to exemplify model behavior, maintain qualifying academic status, respect for oneself, faculty, staff and students alike. Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions. I am looking forward to a fantastic year of making music together!

    Mr. Dean Packard-Howey | howey@upperschools.org | (609) 628-3500 ext. 2296



    Middle School Choir = MONDAY REHEARSALS


    Spring Schedule Coming Soon!!!


    If a student is needing to miss a rehearsal, at least 1 Week notice is expected except for emergencies. Please contact Mr. Howey as soon as you know you will not be able to attend! Home practice is expected!


Phone: 609-628-3500 x2296


Degrees and Certifications:

BS Music Education LVC '16 Masters in Music Education '23

Mr. Dean Packard-Howey

Hello! My name is Dean Howey and I am the Choir Director for the Elementary and Middle School Choirs here in Upper Township! I have been a middle school Music Teacher for 8 years, and have taught in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and New Jersey. I am excited to be back here at the shore! I'm an Ocean City Alumni and couldn't be happier joining the staff in Upper Township where I grew up. 

I'm a singer, songwriter, and guitarist primarily. I still perform locally and release original music. I have been involved in choir nearly my whole life, and certainly if not for the ensembles and teachers throughout my schooling, I would not be the music teacher that I am today. 

I hope you will consider joining Choir in the Elementary and/or Middle School, we would love to have your voice!!