One of the highlights of the annual December concert is the appearance of the 100 member children’s chorus. Seguin area schools alternate with schools in the New Braunfels area to give their best 4th and 5th grade singers an opportunity to sing with the orchestra. Songs are chosen by the children’s music teachers and arranged by MTS Music Director, David Mairs.
"I have so enjoyed being a part of the Mid-Texas Symphony educational and performance programs for the past 20+ years being in this area. My students have learned so much about all genres of music, from Medieval to Jazz, as they competed in (and won many trophies from) their Music Memory Contest (a UIL sanctioned contest). As my students have participated every other year with the Christmas Children's Chorus, I have had the privilege of seeing their eyes widen, and their chests swell with pride as they take the stage with the Mid-Texas Symphony to rehearse and perform. This is SPECIAL, and a memory they won't forget! Former students (grown with children of their own) have stated that they STILL remember songs from Music Memory, and/or singing with the orchestra. I have been, and continue to be blessed to be in an area with its own symphony, and one that does outreach to students in our community, promoting incredible learning and enrichment experiences.
- Cathy Clark
CATHY CLARK graduated with her Bachelors of Music Ed. from, what was then, Texas State University in 1986. She grew up singing in church choirs, Elementary, Jr. and Sr. High School choirs in Dallas, sang in choruses during her college years at both Centenary College and SWTSU, and since graduating, has sung in local church choirs, the NB Community Chorale, and the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus. Mrs. Clark has taught 2 years in Seguin ISD, 7 years in CISD, 22 years in NBISD.
Mrs. Clark's students have participated in Choir Clubs, Music Memory contests, Mid-Texas Symphony concerts (where she has served as Choir Mistress for the Children's Choirs), and she was one of the co-founders/directors of the NBISD Elementary Honor Choir from 2006-08, disbanded in 2008, and reinstated this Fall thanks to the support of the NBISD administration.
My name is Sue Ann Studdard and I am the music teacher at Clear Spring Elementary in Comal ISD. Every other year our district has the privilege to participate in the Christmas Concert of the Mid Texas Symphony by combining with NBISD to form a 100 member children’s choir. I prepare by meeting weekly with our school choir and we learn our music and polish our parts so when we come together we are ready to sing! What a unique opportunity it is for our students to perform on stage with this wonderful orchestra! Many have participated as an audience member in the student concerts so to be able to stand behind them and sing is quite an unforgettable experience! It not only exposes our students to the beauty of the symphony but it also brings our families together to enjoy this experience! Many have never attended a symphony performance. I am grateful for all the opportunities this wonderful orchestra provides for my students. It is truly a treasure for our community!