Stephen Roddy, Founder and Director
Stephen Roddy is the Founder & Director of the 200-voice Houston Children’s Chorus. This auditioned group of children represents the very finest of Houston’s young musicians. They are frequently called upon to represent Houston at local and worldwide civic and cultural events, including 32 performances for the President of the United States. They perform over 40 concerts each year to an approximate audience of 750,000 people. They are regularly featured with the Houston Symphony and sang as back-up vocals to Josh Groban during the pre-game ceremonies of the Super Bowl in 2004. In 2008, the Children’s Chorus performed concerts in the major concert halls of Beijing and Shanghai as part of the 2008 Olympics cultural arts festival. In 2010, The Chorus performed with full orchestra at Carnegie Hall in the premiere of “Heartsongs,” a major composition on the poetry of Mattie Stepanek and commissioned by Houston Children’s Chorus.
An accomplished pianist, organist and conductor, Mr. Roddy has conducted state honor choir festivals in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Texas. A most recent concert involved 1,500 singers and a 100-piece orchestra at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles. He is in demand as a children’s music recording specialist and has directed or produced recordings for Silver-Burdett Ginn Music textbooks, Shawnee Press, Lifeway, Fred Bock Music Company, Warner Bros. Music, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Gerber Baby Foods, and United Way. Mr. Roddy has choral compositions published by Fred Bock Music Company, Gentry Publications, Shawnee Press, Harold Flammer, and Hal Leonard.
Prior to the founding of the Houston Children’s Chorus, Mr. Roddy served as organist/music associate at First Baptist Church of Houston, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Methodist Church, as well as Tallowood Baptist Church. He was the Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church of Houston for 10 years, and recently Director of Traditional Music and Fine Arts at Chapelwood United Methodist.
Mr. Roddy is a native of Dayton, Ohio and Memphis, Tennessee and is a graduate of Auburn University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Foundation for the Arts and on the Advisory Board for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Houston Masterworks Chorus.
Stepheny Scott, Director, Preparatory Choir and Music In The Schools
Stepheny A. Scott, a native Houstonian, is an accomplished pianist and teacher whose contributions and reputation have brought her numerous accolades and awards. Her preparatory studies in Houston were with Ms. Jessie Wilson and further private studies with Dr. Charles Rhinehart of Texas Southern University and Dr. Albert Hirsch of University of Houston. As a piano major at University of North Texas, Ms. Scott studied with Margaret Grubb.
In addition to recital performances, Ms. Scott has accompanied such groups as the Houston Ebony Opera Guild and other renowned vocalists and instrumentalists, and she has recorded on Gospel Music Workshop of America releases with major artists. As a piano instructor, she is known for an intensive teaching approach to grooming piano and vocal students for auditions for performing arts high schools, universities, and music conservatories. Ms. Scott is a music technician whose skills and knowledge continue to afford her the privilege of serving the community, locally and abroad. Ms. Scott is the mother of two sons – Stephan Andrew Harris, noted Houston musician and songwriter; and Kendrick Allen DeWitt Scott, renowned percussionist and jazz music educator.
Kaylie Kahlich, Vocal Coach and Rehearsal Assistant
Kaylie Kahlich, soprano, is a Houston-based artist with a deep love for the Texas classical music scene. Ms. Kahlich is pleased to join the Houston Children’s Chorus family as vocal coach and rehearsal assistant. Ms. Kahlich has a passion for choral music that began as a child in church choirs and community choruses, and is excited share her love of singing with the children of HCC.
Miss Kahlich recently received her Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Houston Moores School of Music as a student of Cynthia Clayton.
While at the Moores Opera Center, Kahlich performed the title role of Beatriz Rappaccini in Daniel Catán’s La hija de Rappaccini, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and the title role in David Carlson’s gripping operatic interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
Ms. Kahlich’s summer engagements have included performances of the title role in Donizetti’s Rita for Operativo Houston’s inaugural season, and Lady Billows in Britten’s comic gem Albert Herring with the Miami Summer Music Festival.
Ms. Kahlich earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University under the guidance of Dr. Randall Umstead. While at Baylor, Kaylie performed such roles as Dido in Henry Purcell’s Baroque masterpiece Dido & Aeneas, Blanche de la Force in Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with the Baylor Opera Theater.
A native of Texas, Kahlich has also enjoyed performances with ensembles across the Lone Star State. She has appeared as a soloist with the Texas Baroque Ensemble in both Handel’s Messiah and Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine. In her hometown of College Station, Ms. Kahlich has been a featured soloist with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, including a performance of the beloved “Aria” movement from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.