Vox Humana seeks to draw all persons into the embrace of the musical arts by producing world-class performances, by exploring avenues of music innovation, and by engaging new and diverse audiences in extraordinary musical and educational experiences.
Choral music has been one of the most profound sources for the elevation of the human spirit since the beginning of culture. To maintain this tradition and to contribute to the enrichment of community life Vox Humana aims to present performances and other artistic and educational opportunities of the highest professional quality. In doing so, the Dallas-based ensemble seeks to preserve choral masterpieces, encorage new composition, foster the advancement of the choral art, and nurture the development of musical interest and talent.
Enjoy quality presentations as our 24-voice professional mixed choir delivers excellent performances of contemporary music as well as traditional Western repertoire.
Our vision is to enrich community life through choral music, to foster advancement of choral arts, and to nurture the development of young choral talent.
David N. Childs, born in 1969 at Nelson, New Zealand, has a bachelor’s degree in composition and musicology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand. He also holds a Master of Music degree in conducting from the Florida State University, Tallahassee, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Childs is Director of Music at University Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas. He also served as tenured Associate Professor of Choral Studies at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, from 2001 to 2011.
Dr. Childs has received conducting instruction from Dr. Kenneth Fulton, Dr. André Thomas, and Professor Rodney Eichenberger, with additional instruction from Helmuth Rilling as a master class conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival.
He is an active clinician and adjudicator in the United States, working at the grade school, college, and community levels. Childs has conducted numerous All-State and honor choirs in various states and countries, including: Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, New Zealand, and Japan.
His compositions frequently appear at state festivals and workshops, and at American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) state, regional, and national conventions. They are performed in many parts of the world, including Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Australasia.
Dr. Childs has received commissions from around the globe, including Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. In 2008, he was commissioned to write a four-part choral (SATB) work for the 2009 American Choral Directors’ Association High School National Honor Choir.
In June 2009, he conducted a world premiere of his Requiem mass for chorus, soloists, and chamber orchestra, receiving a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall. In March 2011, he conducted a world premiere of his Festival Te Deum also for choir, orchestra, and soloists, which was likewise performed in Carnegie Hall. Currently he has more than 80 choral works in print.
Dr. Childs is married to Lesley French Childs, an assistant professor of laryngology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. They are the proud parents of daughters Emma and Aubrey.
The Board of Directors
Maurice Aguirre is the Vice President of Legislative Affairs & Senior Lobbyist for the DG Group, dividing his time between Washington D.C. and Dallas. He comes to the Vox Humana Board of Directors with extensive experience, knowledge, and maturity in the areas of Development and Fundraising. Included in his impressive resume are: Senior Vice President of Foundation Affairs & Corporate Communications and Chief of Development & Strategic Stewardship for the Picower Foundation & Charitable Trust (2005-2009); Dean of Institutional Advancement for the Dallas Community College District (2000-2005), and; Advisor to the Office of International Affairs, Presidency of Mexico. Vox Humana is delighted to welcome Mr. Aguirre as a recent addition to the Board of Directors, and looks forward to a valuable and fulfilling future with him.
Melinda Cotten is the children’s chorus master for The Dallas Opera, and she operates a private voice studio and workshops for singers. She is also a member of TCDA and TMEA, and a choral clinician and adjudicator. She and husband Larry live in Richardson, and have three children, Greg, Drew, and Katherine.
Robert Hinton, J.D. University of Houston, served as Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Dallas from 1973-1977 before becoming a partner with Burleson, Pate & Gibson from 1977-1992. A highly qualified and esteemed defense lawyer, Mr. Hinton currently practices from Robert Hinton & Associates, P.C. He specializes in Federal and State Criminal Defense, and he is a frequent Continuing Legal Education Author and Speaker.
Keenya R. Kelley is currently the Principal Owner of Kelley Tax Advisors, LLC. Prior to owning her firm, Kelley was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for a start-up technology company and has a board background in management, taxation and accounting. She is an avid consultant in helping entrepreneurs reach their full potential. She is currently pursuing a Master in Accountancy degree with CPA certification at Texas Woman’s University. She also holds a license as a Notary Public in the State of Texas. She maintains active membership in AICPA and the National Association of Black Accountants.
Sharon King is a proud alumnus of the Indiana University School of Music who has taught high school choral music for twenty years in the Garland ISD (Texas). Under her direction, Sharon’s choirs won numerous festivals and competitions and were consistently awarded top honors at the Texas UIL Contests. She has a private voice studio and is a sought after judge, clinician, and choreographer. Sharon is also involved with the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theater organization as a judge for productions throughout the Dallas Metroplex. She lives with her husband, Steve, and grandson, Steven, who is working on a degree in Church Recreation from Baylor University.
John Mitchell comes to the Board of Directors with extensive experience, having served as a former board member for The Charlotte Opera, NC; Dallas Opera, and; The Arts District Chorale. In addition he brings over 47 years of business experience: 17 years with Eastman Kodak Co., and 30 years in cable TV, telecommunications, internet, and security. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Rider University. He is married to Camilla, and has two children, two stepsons, and four grandchildren.
Lois Nagy, MD CCFP, is a retired family physician. She was a founding member of Vox Humana and joins David Childs in being one of only two remaining members of the original board. Lois has been a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Franklin, TN choir for many years, and she is a lifelong lover and supporter of the musical arts. She continues to faithfully conference call ‘in’ to the meetings from her home in Tennessee.
Bill Peebles is a managing partner of Intuitive Processes and Controls [IPAC]. He has over 20 years in developing corporate structured and portfolio lending strategies for banking industry institutions, in both the public and private sectors.
Robert Van Amburgh is a native Dallasite and has practiced law in the corporate and tax areas for over 30 years. His wife Sharon is a CPA and they have two daughters. Robert has previously served on the boards of the Lake Highlands Exchange Club (civic organization) and the Gladney Center in Fort Worth (the organization through which he and his wife adopted their children).