Meet Our Team

Texas Boys Choir has a unique story to tell. It begins in 1946 with the passion and vision of American choral conductor, George Bragg, and his relentless pursuit of excellence.

Kerra Simmons, Interim Artistic Director

Kerra Simmons earned her BM from the University of North Florida in Vocal Performance with a Choral Conducting cognate and her MM in Choral Conducting at Texas State University. Ms. Simmons has been involved with choral music since junior high and has sung in multiple Florida All-State Honor Choruses, the 2010 ACDA Southern Division Honor Choir, the 2014 ACDA Southern Division Collegiate Honor Choir with world-renowned conductor, Simon Halsey and most recently the 2016 ACDA Southwestern Division Collegiate Honor Choir. Ms. Simmons is currently the Interim Artistic Director of the world-renowned, GRAMMY © award winning Texas Boys Choir and Director of the Singing Girls of Texas, both of which rehearse at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. Additionally, Ms. Simmons teaches Music Theory and runs the satellite choir efforts for Texas Boys Choir.

Her experiences as a Soprano include opera roles in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and La Boheme, as well as multiple honors within the divisional competitions of North Florida’s chapter of NATS. Ms. Simmons began to pursue conducting in her undergraduate. At UNF, she was highly involved in Choral Leadership and was the Assistant Conductor to the UNF Chorale, UNF Chamber Singers, and UNF Women’s Chorus. During her time at Texas State, she was the Assistant Conductor of Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, University Singers, and the Texas State Chorale. She also assisted in creating an undergraduate lab choir and was the Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate conducting class.

After completing her Masters, Ms. Simmons used her gap year to teach Music and English in Seoul, South Korea where she rewrote an English as a second language music curriculum and taught ages 5 to 12. Ms. Simmons’ goal in her teaching is to not only inspire the singers to produce a beautiful sound but to also encourage them to tap into their individual and unique strengths as musicians and human beings. She believes in the power of music to bring together all people from different backgrounds and uses creative programming to intertwine various artistic mediums such as poetry and visual art. Her favorite pieces to conduct and teach are those of the non-Western tradition and her current research is in the advocacy and visibility of female composers. In her free time she likes to cook and hang out with her cat, Bubba.

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Alexis Nguyen, Production and Operations Assistant

Alexis Nguyen was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. She attended schools in the Keller Independent School District (ISD) and graduated in the top five percent of her high school. During these formative years, she was highly involved with the choirs under the direction of Leigh Ann McClure and Jennifer Randall.

Alexis is a recent alumna of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX. During her time at SMU, Alexis sang in choirs under the direction of Jodie Hill-Coke, Robert Ward, and Dr. Pamela Elrod-Huffman. In conjunction with Dr. Robert Bode and the Conservatory Singers of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), she participated in a featured performance of J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion for the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) Convention in 2016. Alexis completed her student teaching at J.J. Pearce High School and Richardson North Junior High School in Richardson ISD, and she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with Teacher Certification.

After graduating, Alexis was an Assistant Choral Director at Murphy Middle School in Plano ISD, working alongside Amber Evans and Melanie Altman. In addition to directing at Murphy, she continued her collaboration with the J.J. Pearce choirs as a private voice instructor. Her students earned Superior ratings at the Region 3 UIL Solo & Ensemble competition. The following year, Alexis served as the Manager of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra and other education programs for the Garland Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Arlington. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), and Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society.

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Jacob Wright, Production and Operations Assistant

Mr. Wright is a Texas - based flutist, pedagogue and fine arts manager with a particular enthusiasm for performing and premiering new works. Mr. Wright is an active and versatile artist that has performed in numerous solo and chamber recitals, as well as toured with large ensembles in order to bring his love of music to audiences all over Texas. His devotion to performance has led him to pursue many different areas of expertise and he has encompassed these traits into his unique style of playing; combing romantic gestures and phrases with more contemporary techniques and ideals.

Mr. Wright received his B.A. in Music Business from Hardin-Simmons University and a M.A. in Flute Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University. In his education, Mr. Wright performed in a variety of chamber music ensembles including; The Valhalla Wind Quintet, the TWU Flute Choir, Trio Minerva, The Graduate Flute Quartet and the Abilene New Music Collective. Mr. Wright has also served as principal flutist in the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra, Rockwall Philharmonic, HSU Concert Band and the Texas Woman’s University Wind Symphony. In 2014, he was the winner of the Hardin-Simmons University Collegiate Artist Concerto Competition where he performed the Khachaturian Violin (flute) Concerto with Orchestra.

As a promoter of interdisciplinary mediums and his work with The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Mr. Wright was able to assist with the planning and implementation of cultural and artistic events for the city of Abilene. In his time with the ACAC, he assisted with the management of the Broadway Series, HeARTS for the Arts, the Children Art’s and Literacy Festival, the Storybook Sculpture lighting project, and the Downtown Lighting project. He is excited to begin work with the TBC, the SGT, and the Academy Choirs.

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