What is NTCC

The North Texas Children’s Choir, formerly the Metroplex Children’s Choir, began in 1995 as a simple dream.  The dream was for elementary-aged childen to have an enriching experience outside the traditional choral music classroom. Throughout the years, over 5,500 children have taken part in this audition process and festival concert.  It provides children with a challenge and a chance to grow musically, socially as they meet new friends, and emotionally as hearing older choirs/ensembles helps to visualize their future in music.

Our children come from 20 different schools throughout the North Texas area.   Each school may bring up to 12 auditioned singers. All singers are auditioned on the same music and technical skills by their choir teachers.  Singers have weekly rehearsals with their teachers after school, then three area rehearsals, and finally the first rehearsal as a complete choir the day before the performance with the guest conductor..

The first rehearsal as a full choir is at the Charles Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas on the Friday before the Saturday performance. The final rehearsal and performance are held the following day at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

NTCC is NOT affiliated with any school.  This is an after school program offered through NT Choirs working jointly with the music teachers in the schools.  The teachers are offering their time as volunteers to make this a truly remarkable experience for all the children

Unfortunately, our 25th anniversary, NTCC 2020/2021 has been cancelled due to Covid-19

Our 25th Anniversary has been deferred to the 2021/2022 Season!

Our Guest Conductors

1997-1999: Henry Leck of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir

Mr. Leck conducted our first three years of Metroplex Children’s Choir.  Mr. Leck also helped establish our vision and played the role of Mentor in our early years.  His love for music of the world helped build a foundation of similar music with our choir.

2000-2001: Ruth Dwyer of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir 

Mrs. Dwyer has conducted our choir on two separate occasions for two years each time.  Mrs. Dwyer brought her passion for teaching and love of music to our children and our Teacher/Conductors.  Ruth Dwyer was the guest conductor 2017 and NTCC has the honor of her conducting again in 2018.

2002-2004: Cynthia Knott of the Greater Dallas Children’s Chorus

 Mrs. Knott conducted our choir for three years and introduced to us her love for American music and composers.

2005-2006: Alyssa Coble of the Georgia Children’s Choir

 Mrs. Coble brought an incredibly sweet and tender sound to our choir as she worked with the singers.

2007-2008: Ruth Dwyer of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir 

Mrs. Dwyer has conducted our choir on two separate occasions for two years each time.  Mrs. Dwyer brought her passion for teaching and love of music to our children and our Teacher/Conductors.  Ruth Dwyer was the guest conductor 2017 and NTCC has the honor of her conducting again in 2018


2009-2011: Mark Bartel of Friends University and the Wichita Children’s Choir

Dr. Bartel was theour  conductor for years 13-15..  Dr. Bartel brought his love of music, children, and great choral conducting.  He inspired us with his conducting style and his ability to communicate with our choir.

2012-2013: Dr. Lynn Gackel of Baylor University

Dr. Gackel conducted the North Texas Children’s Choir for the 2012 and 2013 concerts.  Dr. Gackle inspired not only our children, but our teachers as well. Her teaching is superb and her kindness came from her heart. We will look forward to working with Dr. Gackle again!

2014-2015: Dr. Julie Yu, co-chair of the choral department at Kansas State University

Dr. Yu was our guest conductor for our 2014, 2015, and 2016 concerts. Dr. Yu brings energy, excitement, and a love for choral music to our concerts!

2016-2017: Ruth Dwyer of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir 

Mrs. Dwyer has conducted our choir for multiple years.  Mrs. Dwyer brought her passion for teaching and love of music to our children and our Teacher/Conductors.  

2017-2018:  Dr. Rollo Dilworth

Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, PA.  In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, he conducts the University Chorale. 

2018-2019: Dr. Julie Yu, co-chair of the choral department at Kansas State University

Dr. Yu was our guest conductor for our 2014, 2015, and 2016 concerts. Dr. Yu brings energy, excitement, and a love for choral music to our concerts! 

2019-2020: Ruth Dwyer of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir 

Mrs. Dwyer has conducted our choir on multiple occasions.  Mrs. Dwyer brought her passion for teaching and love of music to our children and our Teacher/Conductors.  

Our Prelude Choirs

1998-2003:  Denton High School Chorale, Ann Smith conducting

2011: Decatur High School and Liberty Chorale,  Jason Sneed and Ann Smith conducting

2012: Woodrow Wilson Elementary TMEA Honor Choir, Cecile Johnson conducting

2013: UNT University Singers with Dr. Richard Sparks conducting

2014: Harpool Middle School Nathan Dame Honor Choir

2015: Baylor University Bella Voce with Dr Lynne Gackle conducting

2016: The Kansas State Collegiate Chorale with Dr. Julie Yu conducting

2017: Plano East Varsity Men’s Choir with Danny Knight conducting

2018:  Northeastern State University Choir

2019:  Northwest High School

2020:  The Northeastern Sate University Singers directed by Dr. Jeffery Wall

2019/2020 NTCC Music Teachers/Directors

Sarah Riordan, Andrews Elementary

Julie Duncan, Baker Elementary

Laura Burton, Bethany Elementary

Ben Porter, Beverly Elementary

Virginia Asiatico, Daffron Elementary

Linda Ferris, Ferris Studios Elementary Choir

Aaron Trombrella, Hays Middle School

Kristina Dumas, Hightower Elementary

Chara Rollins, Huffman Elementary

Dena Anderson, Reynolds Middle School

Erin Pitts, Roanoke Elementary

Natalie Joyner, Rogers Middle School

Leslie Tyson, Schell Elementary

Chantell Pickles, Skaggs Elementary

Hillary Leverton, Stinson Elementary

Kayla Gentry, Thomson Elementary

Sue Bancroft Teacher of The Year Award

2001-02 Brenda Keen, Plano ISD, Hightower Elementary

2002-03 Jenny Estes, Denton ISD, Evers Elementary 

2003-04 Ben Porter, Plano ISD, Beverly Elementary

                 Michelle Corazao, Lewisville ISD, Ethridge Elementary     

2004-05 Cecile Johnson, Denton ISD, Woodrow Wilson Elementary

                 Stephnie Champion, Plano ISD, Huffman Elementary

2005-06 Amy Logan, Denton ISD, Strickland Middle School

                 Christina Wagner, Frisco ISD, Staley Middle School

2006-07 Christine Beutner, Denton ISD, Sam Houston Elementary

                 Phyllis Braund, Plano ISD, Andrews Elementary

2007-08 Jean Mundy, Plano ISD, Boggess Elementary

                 Judy Smith, Little Elm ISD, Zellars Elementary

2008-09 Kenny Allen, Plano ISD, Schell Elementary

2009-10 Joshua Taylor, Denton ISD, Navo Middle School

2010-11 Cecile Johnson, Denton ISD, Woodrow Wilson Elementary

2011-12 Nathan Dame, Denton ISD, Harpool Middle School

2012-13 Linda Ferris, Wortham ISD

2013-14 Ben Porter, Plano ISD, Beverly Elementary

2014-15 Hillary Leverton, Plano ISD, Stinson Elementary

2015-16 Megan Lamb, Krum ISD, Dodd Intermediate School

2016-17 Kayla Gentry, Northwest ISD, Cox Elementary

2017-18 Chara Rollins, Plano ISD, Huffman Elementary

2018-19 Brenda Keen, Plano ISD, Hightower Elementary

2019-20 Dena Anderson, Prosper ISD, Reynolds Middle

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