2018 North Texas Children's Choir Festival
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Thank you to the wonderful teachers who have volunteered their time to work with our children at rehearsals and prepare them for this wonderful opportunity.
Sarah Riordan has been the music specialist at Andrews Elementary since 2008. She directs two school choirs for 4th and 5th graders. She obtained her Music Education degree at the University of North Texas where her instrument of study was the saxophone. Ms. Riordan is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). She has been named Beginning Teacher of the Year and Experienced Teacher of the Year at Andrews, as well as North Texas Children’s Choir (NTCC) Wetteland Teacher-Leader. Ms. Riordan is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Association of Texas Professional Educators. She feels so blessed to share her love of music with her students every day, and to give them this amazing NTCC experience.
Julie Duncan is currently in her eighth year of teaching elementary music, and has been the elementary music specialist at John A. Baker Elementary since 2016. She directs the Baker Eagle Choir at her school consisting of fifth grade students. She received her OAKE endorsed Kodály certification as well as her AOSA Orff-Schulwerk certification through Southern Methodist University. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Tarleton State University and a Master of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University. Mrs. Duncan is a member of Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). She is also a member of the Dallas Symphony Chorus.
Laura Beth Burton has been the music specialist at Bethany Elementary since 2015. She has one school choir of 4th and 5th graders called the Bethany All Star Choir. She obtained two Music degrees at Texas Woman's University in Liberal Arts: Vocal Performance and Music Education. She taught private voice lessons at Harpool Middle School and out of her home. She performed in many operas and shows at TWU. Ms. Burton is a member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). She is certified in the level I of the Kodály training program through PISD. Mrs. Burton is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Association of Texas Professional Educators. She is grateful for this opportunity with NTCC to give her students the memories and experiences to help them blossom their passion for music.
Ben Porter has been teaching music in Plano ISD for 21 years, and this is his 18th year with Beverly Elementary and the North Texas Children’s Choir. A guitarist at heart, Mr. Porter plays many instruments and enjoys creating opportunities for all of his students to perform each year. During his time with the North Texas Children’s Choir, Ben has been honored as the NTCC Teacher of the Year 2003-2004, and Sue Bancroft Teacher of the Year 2013-2014.
Kayla Gentry is in her 9th year as a music teacher at Wayne A. Cox Elementary in Northwest Independent School District. She earned her Master of Music from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Mrs. Gentry is a certified Kodály educator having earned her OAKE endorsed certificate in July of 2013 through the Plano Kodály Teacher Program at SMU. She served for 2 years as the North Texas Representative for the Kodály Educators of Texas. Mrs. Gentry was one of the directors of the NISD All-District Honor Choir that performed at TMEA in 2013. Mrs. Gentry has co-presented workshops for regional professional development, schooldistricts, and professional organizations in Texas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
Virginia Asiatico is currently in her thirty-second year of teaching, with this being her twenty-fifth in Plano I.S.D. and eighteenth at Daffron Elementary. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Music Education and Kodály certification from Sam Houston State University. She has directed children’s choirs for over twenty years and is currently in her eleventh year as director of the Plano Children’s Chorale, an auditioned choir for identified musically exceptional Plano I.S.D. fifth graders. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Kodaly Educators of Texas, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the International Kodály Society, and was awarded a Lifetime PTA
Franco Carbajal is in his second year of teaching elementary music, and his first year at Blanche Dodd Intermediate School in Krum ISD. There he teaches 4th and 5th grade general music, directs the Dodd Bobcat Choir, coaches UIL Music Memory, and directs NTCC. Mr. Carbajal received his Bacherlor of Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he studied Music Education focusing on the saxophone as his main instrument of study. Mr. Carbajal is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Feierabend Association for Music Education, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Mr. Carbajal would like to thank his wife, Josselyn, for her continuous love and support in this profession.
Jack C. Binion Elementary
Stephanie Campoverde is in her third year as the music teacher at Jack C. Binion Elementary in Birdville ISD. She graduated summa cum laude from Abilene Christian University in 2012, earning a Bachelor of Music degree with a vocal emphasis. Prior to moving to the DFW area, Mrs. Campoverde taught K-5 music in Abilene and directed the Children’s Chorus of Abilene. Currently, aside from teaching and directing her two groups at Binion, Mrs. Campoverde also performs with the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Her passion is promoting love and literacy of music in all children.
Ferris Studios Elementary Honor Choir
Linda Ferris has been teaching since 1983. She has taught early childhood education for 24 years, has had a piano studio since 1987, and has served two churches since 1988 as accompanist. She has worked at taught at Wortham ISD since 2004 as Elementary Music Specialist and Choir Program Director. Linda has her degree in Instrumental Performance (oboe) from LSU where she studied with Earnest Harrison. When she realized that the rural community where she lives needed long-standing instruction and experiences in higher level music, she and her husband returned to school to become certified teachers. Still maintaining a piano studio in the area, Mrs. Ferris' goal is to see a new generation introduced to the joys and fulfillment of music education. Mrs. Ferris also introduced a choral program to the growing homeschool family teams in her area.
Brenda Keen has taught 20 of her 24 years in elementary music in Plano ISD. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Kodály certificate from the University of North Texas/Plano ISD certification program. Brenda has taught in the Plano ISD Kodály certification program for 10 years and has presented sessions at TCDA, at the Plano Senior High School TMEA student meetings, at TCU, and for KET on several occasions. She has directed many school and church choirs, including the Plano Children's Chorale. Brenda has sponsored over 200 singers in the North Texas Children's Choir, and over 65 of her students have been selected for the OAKE National Honor Choirs. She was named the Metroplex Children's Choir Teacher of the Year in 2003, and Teacher of the Year for Hightower Elementary in 2006. She was awarded the North Texas Children’s Choir Teacher/Leader Award in 2014. She was the invited clinician for the Mesquite Honor Choir in 2017. She is Past President of the Kodály Educators of Texas and has served in many capacities for OAKE. Brenda is currently the Southern Division President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Brenda and her husband, Tom, have been married for 35 years. They have 3 children, all of whom are teachers, and 2 grandsons.
Chara Rollins is the music specialist at Huffman Elementary and in her twelve year of teaching. She is a 2005 graduate of Howard Payne University and holds a Bachelor of Music degree. She began her Kodály certification process this year and is in her first year at Huffman. Mrs. Rollins began singing and making music since she was little participating in choirs, bands, and theater, and loves bringing those same musical experiences to young ones.
Lux Venit Choral Academy and Richland Elementary
Richard Carr graduated from TCU in 1991 with an All-Level Vocal Music Education degree. He has been married to his wife Mary for 22 years, and has four children ages 11-18. Richard has taught in Birdville ISD for 26 years, and is currently at Richland Elementary. Richard also started a homeschool choir, Lux Venit Choral Academy, in Northeast Tarrant County in 2012.
Megan Johnson received her Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from the University of North Texas, and Kodály Level I, II, and III Certification from Southern Methodist University. Mrs. Johnson is completing her sixth year of teaching music at McNair Elementary School. Thank you to Caitlin Collins, the substitute teacher who worked at the beginning of the season to get the choir started.
Reynolds Middle School
Dena Anderson is the Choir Director at Reynolds Middle School in Prosper ISD. She is in her eleventh year of teaching with her past experiences including teaching elementary music, directing children's choir at church, and teaching middle school choirs. She is a former member of the Texas All-State Choir (1989). Her Kodály Certification came from the University of North Texas. She and her husband Jeff have 3 children, Danielle age 17, Megan age 14, and Ryan age 11.
Rogers Middle School
Natalie Joyner is loving her first very first year of teaching public school at Rogers Middle School in Prosper ISD. Natalie has a sociology degree from University of North Texas and is currently finishing her Master’s of Music Education degree from Texas Woman’s University. Natalie has taught private piano instruction for the past 17 years, as well as teaching Kindermusik at a private preschool. Natalie is the mother of five children and enjoys spending time with them in all their music and sporting activities. Natalie is passionate about music and children and is looking forward to continuing the tradition of Rogers participation in NTCC.
Lindsey Perkin holds her Bachelors of Music from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX, and her Kodály Certification from Southern Methodist University. She has been teaching for six years and is currently the Music Specialist and Honor Choir Director for Rucker Elementary School in Prosper, TX. This is her first year to participate in NTCC, and she is thrilled for her students to have such a wonderful choral experience. Lindsey lives in Addison, TX with her husband Heath and loves to spend time with her family.
Rachel Eldridge grew up in Allen, Texas, and is one of two music specialists at Schell Elementary. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, where her instrument of study was the saxophone. She is in her third year of teaching elementary music, all in Plano ISD. Mrs. Eldridge is currently obtaining her Kodály certification through the Plano ISD Teacher Training Program at SMU. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, and she enjoys playing the saxophone in her church orchestra. In addition to all things music, she enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time outdoors. Mrs. Eldridge would like to thank God for her passion to teach and make music, and her family and her husband, Matthew, for their continuous love and support.
Leslie Tyson is in her second year as one of two music specialists at Schell Elementary. She earned her Bachelor Degree of Music Education from Tarleton State University and Master of Music in Flute Performance from Texas Christian University. Leslie has served 19 years (so far!) in the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest as principal flutist and enjoys traveling and performing with this amazing group of musicians. She feels she is the luckiest girl to have been chosen to teach music for the superstar students at Schell Elementary and wakes up everyday inspired to learn more and more of the Kodály inspired method of teaching music. She really enjoys teaching with the best co-teacher ever at Schell – the terrific Rachel Eldridge. Mrs. Tyson is blessed with support from a wonderful husband and two amazing sons.
Chantell Pickles has taught music for over 24 years. Her first teaching experience was K-12 vocal and instrumental, and now she has the privilege of teaching music at Skaggs Elementary in PISD. Her K-12 Bachelor of Music Education degree is from the University of Wyoming, and her Master’s degree is from the University of Wisconsin specializing in elementary music curriculum. She also has a Level III certification in the Kodaly Method from the University of North Texas. Mrs. Pickles has directed many choirs, elementary school, honor choir, high school, and district choirs. She thoroughly enjoys the musical experience and joy of making music together by singing music expressively from the heart.
Hillary Brandise Leverton is a music specialist with one goal in mind: to inspire her students to excel and express themselves through music. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. She immediately began teaching elementary music for Plano ISD in the Fall of 2007.
This is Mr. Rowland's sixth year to participate in NTCC. He has now been teaching for 16 years in Denton ISD. He graduated from the University of North Texas where he majored music education with a concentration in voice and minor in piano. He then went on to get Kodaly and Orff certified in all levels. He continues to enjoy teaching elementary music and directs the Woodrow Wilson All-Star Choir. Outside of teaching music, Mr. Rowland enjoys traveling and spending time with his pugs, Lucy and Merlin. He would like to thank the parents and administration for all of their support to the Woodrow Wilson music program.