North Texas Children's Choir



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




    NTCC 2020 Guest Conductor:  Ruth Dwyer



    Texas Youth Choral Touring and Non Touring



    Through Ann Smith's inspired leadership, vision and musical expertise, the North Texas Children's Choir (1996) has grown to include 225 students representing 20 North Texas Schools.  With the addition of the Texas Youth Chorale (2013) and the Texas International Choral Festival (2018), the North Texas Metroplex Children's Choir has developed a reputation as high-level singers that perform in Dallas at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and throughout the world.


    In addition to her NTMCC activities, Smith has been a guest clinician and conductor locally throughout North Texas; regionally as the first guest conductor for the 2016 Sunflower Choral Youth Festival in Junction City, Kansas; and internationally in Sydney, Australia and throughout Europe.  Under her direction, in 2003, the Denton High School Chorale was chosen by the Texas Music Educators to be an Honor Choir that performed at the TMEA convention in San Antonio.  Also in 2003 the DHS Chorale performed for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon and with the Kansas State University Choir at Carnegie Hall.






    TYC Choir Conductor:  Ann Smith





    Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Bryan Hiroto Stenson attended St. Mary's International School where his parents teach music and choir. He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While there, he was very active in the choral program and sang with their award-winning Choir of the West under the direction of Richard Nance. He was also actively involved in the PLU opera program, where he starred in productions such as Semele (Jupiter), Albert Herring (Albert), and Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein). Following graduation, he was accepted into the Tacoma Opera Young Artist Program, and served a year-long music internship with the Tacoma Youth Chorus and Charles Wright Academy under the guidance of Judith Herrington. This conducting experience led him to pursue a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, he served as Conducting Fellow for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Assistant Conductor of the Butler Chorale under the direction of Eric Stark and Henry Leck. During this time he prepared and performed numerous major choral symphonic works including Verdi's Requiem, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, and Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.  He went on to teach music in Arlington County, Virginia and served as director of the Bel Canto ensemble with the Children’s Chorus of Washington. In 2014 he auditioned for The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" and won a seat as a member of The U.S. Army Voices. In addition, he has served as the artistic director for the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg, and currently is a DMA candidate at George Mason University





    TYC Assistant Conductor: Bryan Stenson




     Texas Children's Choral




    Kayla Gentry is beginning her 12th year as a music teacher 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, school districts, and professional organizations in Texas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. She currently lives in Argyle, TX with her husband Grant, and two sweet little girls, Erin and Ruari.





    TCC Choir Conductor:  Kayla Gentry