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.
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. She has recorded on Gospel Music Workshop of America 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.
Vocal Coach and Rehearsal Assistant