Degrees and Certifications:
BA Music Education/Music Liberal Arts with a Business Emphasis
Mr. Mat Whitworth
Mr. Mat Whitworth, a native of Russellville, Arkansas and a 1987 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, is currently in his 25th year of teaching and his 16th year as director of choral activities for Alma Public Schools. Previously he spent nine successful years as both head band and choir director at Clarksville Public Schools. During his tenure at Clarksville from 1994 until 2003, his instrumental and vocal performance groups consistently received top ratings at regional and state competitions.
In 1999 and 2006 Mat was selected by his peers in the West Central Choral Directors Association as "Junior High Choral Director of the Year." In 2000, 2003 and 2018 he was also selected "High School Director of the Year" by the West Central Choral Directors Association. In the spring of 2003, his last year as band director at Clarksville, the Arkansas chapter of the American School Band Directors Association selected Mat as the Senior High "Outstanding Young Band Director of the Year" for the state of Arkansas.
Since taking over the Alma Choral Program, the junior and senior high choirs under his direction have consistently received top ratings at regional and state competitions and have been chosen "Best In Class" or "Best Overall" at the Arkansas State Choral Festival a combined 34 times. The entire Alma Choral Program boasts approximately 630 choir students district-wide and is the largest individual organization in the Alma Public School system.
Currently in his first year as President of the Arkansas Choral Directors Association, he has served on the board for the last eight years--two years in the capacity of High School Section Chair, 4 years as All-State Chair and two years as President-Elect. He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association for which he served as a Site Chair for the 2017 National Convention in Minneapolis and will again serve as a Site Chair for the upcoming 2019 National Convention in Kansas City.
He is a frequent choral adjudicator and clinician in many regions of his home state of Arkansas and has twice conducted the Arkansas Ambassadors of Music Choir on their European tours during the summers of 2003 and 2005. Mat resides in Alma, Arkansas with his wife (and fellow Alma Choral Director!), Terri, and has three children, Zach, Taylor, and Jacob. One of Mat’s greatest joys has been to be the choral music teacher for all three of his children during each of their own musical journeys.