West In The Groove Director
MWHS Choir Director
Singers Cantori Voce’
Zachary P. Bjornsen is in his 14th year of teaching, spending the past 12 yeats at Millard West High School. Mr B, Director of Choral Activities, holds multiple degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: A Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Master’s in Music.
During his time as a music educator, Mr. B has directed 6th, 7th & 8th grade choirs, middle school show choirs, beginning mixed high school show choirs, men’s choral ensembles, women’s choral ensembles, varsity mixed high school choirs, jazz choirs, a cappella ensembles and high school musicals. Zack has also had the privilege to be the guest clinician at various choral festivals thoughout Nebraska and Iowa.
Mr. B is also an accomplished performer and has been very fortunate to perform locally and all over the United States and in Europe with various ensembles, including: Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Marks Basilica in Venice, The Palms in Las Vecas, along with Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the Nokia Theater in New York City, among many others.
Most of all Mr. Bjornsen enjoys his number one job, being a devoted family man. He loves spending time with his wife, Abby, and their daughters, Willow Jo, Hattie Pearl and Byrdie.
Uptown Girls Director
MWHS Asst. Choir Director
Singers Cantori Voce’
Jordan Newhouse is honored to be a part of the Millard West Music Department as the Assistant Director of Vocal Music. Born and raised in Omaha, Jordan began studying music at a very young age and continued those studies into college. He graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in Piano Performance and a masters degree in Ministry. After spending ten years in Chicago-area churches, Jordan felt the pull back home. He joined the Millard West Music staff in 2015 as the Accompanist and after a few years, received his certification, and moved into his current teaching position. In addition to his daily work with the choirs at MW and a general music course at Russell Middle, Jordan serves as Music Director of the Musical and Director of the legendary and incredible show choir, Uptown Girls. His main goal as a music educator is that each student feels a connection to music and to each other.
Swing Cats Director
Russell Middle School Music Director
Drew Firkins is the vocal music teacher at Russell Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he teaches three grade-level choirs, directs the two show choirs (Leaders of the Pack & Subwoofers), the Wolfgang a cappella group, and their annual musical production. He has directed the show bands at Millard West High School for five years, and unexpectedly (but happily!) took on the role of Swing Cats director this year as well. An alumnus of both Russell and Millard West, this is Drew’s 11th year of involvement within the Millard show choir program. Outside of his school duties, he is a private vocal coach and a passionate music arranger for area show choirs and a cappella groups.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2019 with his degree in Music Education & Composition, with a minor in Music Technology. In his free time, Drew enjoys playing video games, cooking and spending time with his cat, Cobbler.