Founder and Director
Founder and Director
Stephen Roddy is the Founder & Director of the 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 more than 40 concerts each year to an approximate audience of 750,000 people. The Chorus is 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 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 in 1989, Mr. Roddy served as organist/music associate at First Baptist Church of Houston, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Methodist Church and Tallowood Baptist Church. He served as Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church of Houston for 10 years and recently as the 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.
Aaron Menke is the new Operations Manager of the Houston Children’s Chorus. In addition, he is the Founder/Operator of Katy Farmers Market in Katy, Texas.
Aaron Menke strives to work with a servant mindset as draws skills from a variety of experiences in music, business and ministry. As a percussionist, Aaron opened at Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Gala in Austin, Texas. Other performing musicians were Stephen Marley, Norah Jones and comedian, Robin William. He also toured the country twice with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps as a marimba player. As a vocalist, Aaron has performed with the University of Birmingham, England and recorded works of Durufle with Baylor University in Paris. In 2014, he received a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University where he studied percussion, piano, voice and guitar.
Aaron has a heart for ministry and also coffee. In 2018 Aaron served at First Baptist Church Robinson as a youth minister while managing a coffee business in downtown Waco, Texas. Additionally, in January of 2020, Aaron joined The Texas State Guard, a non -combat volunteer branch of the Texas Military Forces. He is training to be a Commissioned Officer and Chaplain, and he hopes to serve Texas in emergency and disaster situations.
Above all else, Aaron values spending time with his family. He enjoys teaching music and fishing with his 2 year old son, Matthias. Aaron and his wife of 3 years, Elizabeth, are expecting another son in September 2020. On a typical weekend, they enjoy participating in outdoor and recreational activities. One of their favorite things to do is take a ride in their 1971 Super Sport Chevrolet Chevelle.
Preparatory Choir Director & Concert Accompanist
Bryan Anderson enjoys a versatile career as a concert organist, church musician, and musical collaborator. The Diapason, which named Bryan to its “20 under 30” Class of 2017, called him “brilliant, yet quiet and unassuming.” In June 2019, Bryan won the Firmin Swinnen Second Prize at the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams.”Having performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, Bryan’s reputation as a sensitive and facile musician is well-established.
Bryan received his Master’s Degree in organ performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in May 2018, where he studied with Ken Cowan. Bryan’s undergraduate work was completed at the Curtis Institute of Music, resulting in his Bachelor’s Degree in organ with Alan Morrison. He received an Artist Diploma in harpsichord (studying with Leon Schelhase). Previous teachers were Jeannine Morrison, in piano, and Sarah Martin, in organ.
Chorus Rehearsal Assistant
Kathy Couch has been a Chemist for Shell Research for the past 30 years. Kathy has sung with the Beaumont Civic Opera, Houston Masterworks Chorus, and done numerous shows with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston. Currently, she sings in the Grace Presbyterian Chancel Choir, as well as serving as Vice President on the Houston Children’s Chorus Board.
Chorus Rehearsal Assistant & Office Intern
Joshua Fang, a senior at Bridgeland High School, has been involved with the Houston Children’s Chorus since the fall of 2014. After graduating from the Chorus in the summer of 2016, he joined the staff as a rehearsal assistant (and later as an office intern) in hopes of guiding the Choristers in their development as young musical artists. He has served three times as a chaperone for the annual Galveston Summer Music Funshop and has even accompanied the Chorus on a trip to Taiwan. He loves every part of Houston Children’s Chorus, and he feels honored to be able to serve the Chorus family.
Ribhu Nag has been involved with the Houston Children’s Chorus for the past 11 years, both as a Chorus member and Office Intern. Ribhu is currently a sophomore at Northwestern University as an Economics Major. While in high school, Ribhu was a part of the St. John’s School choir and performed numerous concerts both locally and at performance venues in the United Kingdom, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.