Our Mentors

Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.

Kevin Carr

Founder and CEO

As a well-regarded elementary school music educator in the Arlington Public School System, Mr. Carr has always loved creating the opportunity for school-aged children to excel in choral music. He believes anyone can sing, and is known for his many contributions to music education in the elementary school setting, where he combines musical and artistic skills to enable beginning as well as experienced singers to express themselves through music.

As a conductor, he has prepared choruses for numerous performances. His groups have been guests at the White House, The National Gallery of Art, and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. They have entertained audiences at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort and various national conferences. The Children’s Chorus, under his leadership, has been featured on PBS’ Top of the Town, WTOP radio, News Channel 8, and Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C. Mr. Carr and his elementary chorus are also featured in the Reuters International Video “Music and the Brain.”

Prior to forming the Arlington Children’s Chorus, Mr. Carr was the founding director of The Alexandria Choral Society Children’s Chorus and completed ten years of service with that organization. He has taught children for over 27 years in Arlington, Fairfax and Zambia, Africa, and is beloved by his choristers and parents alike. 

 
 
 

Caleb McClay

Interim Artistic Director

Caleb teaches locally in Arlington as the choir director for Gunston Middle School. He has thoroughly enjoyed working under Mr. Carr as he transitioned into his current role of Interim Artistic Director. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Education which gives him the ideal background to lead the ACC’s Bel Canto and Troubadour tiers. Caleb is also an active member of several local community and semi-professional choirs, singing with the Choral Arts Society of Washington with Scott Tucker and Voce Chamber Singers with Richard Giarusso. His singing journey started with the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir when he was eight and he is excited to be bringing his experience to young students.

Taylor Simpson, Music Director, Dolces
Taylor Simpson, lyric soprano and music instructor, holds both a Bachelors and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. She enjoys performing both locally and abroad and her favorite past operatic roles include Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro and Mimi in La Boheme. Taylor joined the ACC in the fall of 2016. She also teaches voice and piano lessons at Harmonia School of Music & Art in Vienna, VA, and assists in managing after-school music enrichment programs with Piano Keys 4 Kids. As a teacher, Taylor focuses on musicianship, foundational music theory, and healthy technique. Her goal is to cultivate each child’s unique and amazing creativity, helping them learn to perform with excitement and confidence.

Linda Hemphill, Music Accompanist, Dolces
Linda joined the ACC in September, 2018 and works exclusively with the Dolces. For over 21 years, Linda has served as the Director of Music/Organist at Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, where she directs two handbell choirs and two singing choirs. Along with her daughter Lindsay, a professional flutist, she performs for wedding receptions, holiday gatherings, and other festive occasions. Linda is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Handbell Musicians of America, Choristers Guild, the National Notary Association, and the Editorial Freelancers Association. She retired at the end of 2009 after over 31 years as Director of Publications for the International and American Associations for Dental Research, after which she founded Hemphill Editing, LLC.

Volunteers

Cassidy Greenwalt
Colleen Holland
(former ACC President)
Harriet Morgan
Kathryn Utan
Laura Young
(former ACC President)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Board of Directors

 

Mimi Jara
Board President

Carl Smith
Treasurer

Robert Tuttle
Secretary

Jacqueline Kosz
Member

Rachel Nadjarian
Member

Helen Mobley Sauvage
Member

Evelyn Smith
Member

Didi Summers
Member