Former students came together Saturday night to honor the work of an Alaska choral teacher in the best way they knew how: with music.


“In a typical career, a teacher may work for 20 to 30 years; however, for 50 years Cam McCarrey Bohman has helped thousands of Alaskan youth,” Tammy Hogge, president of the West High School Alumni Choir, said in a statement.


The alumni choir, along with her colleagues and other participants, sang under Bohman’s direction at a lifetime achievement concert Saturday night at West High.


“Her influence, direction and guidance have left an enormous impact on the lives of her former students and future generations,” Hogge said.


Debby Jones, one of Bohman’s former students who sang Saturday, graduated from West High in 1971, but said she remembers being in Bohman’s class when she was 12 years old.


“I haven’t been to any of my reunions but I wouldn’t have missed this for the world,” Jones said. “She led by example and I followed by choice.”


Bohman was an Anchorage School District choral teacher for middle and high school for 20 years, a community choral director in Tok for 10 years, and the music coordinator for the Alaska School Activities Association for 15 years, according to Hogge. She also taught Alaskans as a vocal coach, music adjudicator, director and accompanist.


“That they wanted to come back and do this, it’s humbling, it’s overwhelming, and it’s an honor,” Bohman smiled. “It was just like I had left them at school on Friday and they had come back on Wednesday a little bit older, their body appearances had changed just a little bit, but there voices were still there.”