Arlington Children’s Chorus Board of Directors for 2016-2017
Colleen Holland, President
Virginia DeMarce, Vice President
Chun-Xue Ren, Secretary
Kimberly Peretti, Member
Melissa DeWitt, Member
Kevin Carr, Founder and Artistic Director
As a well-regarded elementary school music educator in the Arlington Public School System, Mr. Carr has always loved creating the opportunity for school-aged children to excel in choral music. He believes anyone can sing, and is known for his many contributions to music education in the elementary school setting, where he combines musical and artistic skills to enable beginning as well as experienced singers to express themselves through music.
As a conductor, he has prepared choruses for numerous performances. His groups have been guests at the White House, The National Gallery of Art, and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. They have entertained audiences at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort and various national conferences. The Children’ s Chorus has been featured on WTOP radio, News Channel 8, and Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C. Mr. Carr and his elementary chorus are also featured in the Reuters International Video “ Music and the Brain.”
Prior to forming the Arlington Children’ s Chorus, Mr. Carr was the founding director of The Alexandria Choral Society Children’ s Chorus and completed ten years of service with that organization. He is beloved by his choristers and parents alike.
Taylor Simpson, Music Director
Taylor Simpson joined the Arlington Children’s Chorus in the fall of 2016. Along with the ACC, she teaches private piano and voice lessons and after-school music enrichment programs with Piano Keys 4 Kids. A lyric soprano, Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music from Liberty University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from George Mason University. Favorite past roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme. Taylor looks forward to spending the summer of 2017 studying the role of Mimi again in Novafeltria, Italy.