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.
Sheila Epstein, Accompanist
Sheila Epstein resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia. She is founder and president of Keyboard Music Studio, a private studio specializing in piano and double bass lessons.
Ms. Epstein has been in the Northern Virginia area since 1974, performing, teaching, coaching and accompanying in a wide variety of venues. She has been the pianist for the Mount Vernon Swing Band and the Dixieland Band and has performed with the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra (now the Washington Philharmonic Orchestra), the Arlington Symphony, the Georgetown Symphony, the McLean Symphony. She was also the accompanist for the Alexandria Choral Society Children’s Chorus for 9 years, performing under the baton of Kevin Carr.
She has played numerous musical shows both at the professional level and in the Fairfax County public and private schools. Currently, in addition to her teaching schedule and her work with the ACC, Ms. Epstein also accompanies the Little River Glen Chorus. She provides piano accompaniment for singers, church choirs and instrumentalists in the area. She also presents many sing along programs at various senior retirement facilities throughout the region.
Ms. Epstein is an active member in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, of which she is a past president and currently a co-chairperson of the Original Composition Competition.