Ann Smith

Founder, Artistic, & Executive Director

 

After serving nearly 20 years in the public and private school systems of Texas, Ann Smith is now dedicating her musical expertise to the expansion of the 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, the North Texas Metroplex Children’s Choirs Inc., which is the home of three unique children’s choirs: the North Texas Children’s Choir (1996), the Texas Youth Chorale (2013), and the Texas International Choral Festival (2018).

As the Founder, Executive and Artistic Director, Mrs. Smith’s vision is to develop and grow each choir.  With each of the choirs, Mrs. Smith embraces and dedicates herself fully to the mission of NTMCC: Sharing the Messages of the Heart through musicianship, leadership, relationships, and vision.

Mrs. Smith attended Kansas State University on a bassoon scholarship, sang in the KSU Concert Choir, and studied choral music with Rod Walker. After three years at K-State, Mrs. Smith continued her education at Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State University, where she received a Baccalaureate of Science in Education (BSE) degree. She has also attended the University of North Texas to study oboe, and Texas Woman’s University to study voice.

In 2003 the Denton High School Chorale was selected as a 4-A Mixed Honor Choir to perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio, Texas under Mrs. Smith’s direction. That same year invitations came from the Pentagon and Kansas State University requesting DHS Chorale to sing with them at Carnegie Hall.  Between 1998 - 2003 invitations were received from some of the world’s greatest cathedrals in England, Scotland, Ireland, North America, Austria, and France.

Mrs. Smith holds affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association, the American Choral Director’s Association, and Chorus America.  In March of 2001 she was the recipient of the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award, and in February 2014 she received the Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) presented by the Greater Denton Arts Council. She has been a guest clinician and conductor throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.  Mrs. Smith was the first guest conductor for the 2016 Sunflower Choral Youth Festival in Junction City, Kansas.

 


 

Interview with Denton Record Chronicle

Published January 30, 2016