Chorale to Open Concert at the Meyerson with the Metroplex Children’s Choir

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The 70-member Liberty Christian Chorale will be a part of the prelude choir with Decatur High School that begins the 15th annual Metroplex Children’s Choir concert this Saturday, Jan. 29. 

Nineteen schools with 230 elementary students from the D/FW area will sing at the concert that will be at held at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, one of the top three symphony halls in the world. 

The performance is open to the public, and tickets are available at

The Woodrow Wilson Elementary Choir from Denton is an Honor Choir for the Texas Music Educators Association and will sing as part of the program. Cecile Johnson is the director. 

This year’s repertoire includes Faure, Martin, Stroope, Handel, Leavitt, Tindley, and a Russian Folk song. 

Liberty’s Chorale teacher, Ann Smith, began the Metroplex Children’s Choir to provide elementary-aged children of North Texas with a choral musical experience that exceeds the daily classroom setting. 

Smith said, “We achieve this goal by selecting challenging repertoire and performing in a venue of professional quality with a professional guest conductor.” 

This year’s conductor is Dr. Mark Bartel, and the accompanist is Daniel Stipe. Bartel is the director of Choral Music at Friends University, a Christian Liberal Arts College in Wichita, Kansas. 

Smith said, “I began the Metroplex Children’s Choir to enrich the lives of children through the power, joy, and beauty of music. 

“For any ensemble, having the chance to perform at the Meyerson is a dream come true.” 

The prelude choir, made up of high school students, performs for the younger singers at the beginning of the concert to inspire the younger students to continue in music throughout their high school career. 

Smith said, “It is my sincere wish that our performance will reflect our journey, and the applause we hear will be a reflection of what the audience feels in their hearts.”

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