About us

The Coppell Community Chorale (CCC) is a volunteer-based, non-profit arts organization. As one of Coppell's oldest community organizations, the Chorale enriches and educates the Coppell community by demonstrating outstanding leadership in the performance and preservation of choral music. We are comprised of residents of Coppell and surrounding areas. We present two themed concerts per year, Fall and Spring, at the Coppell Arts Center.  We also have a Holiday Concert in December and a Community Concert in February, at varied locations in Coppell. 

 

Our Mission:

  • To promote, support and sustain interest in choral music by providing opportunities for singers of all ability levels to learn and perform under the direction of professional musicians. 

  •  To enrich and inspire the lives of members and audiences by presenting diverse, challenging and eclectic choral concerts to entertain and inspire our audiences and members. 

  •  To lead the Coppell arts community through performance, collaboration and outreach. 

In Addition, our select group, the Variations of the Coppell Community Chorale, performs at various local venues and events throughout the year. We hope to see you soon!

Interested in joining us? Learn more about Membership.

OUR STAFF

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John sauvey, CCC Music Director
associate director, variations
Associate Director, coppell children's chorus

John Sauvey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the University of North Texas.  He has performed with opera companies across the United States, including Fort Worth Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Lake George Opera.  Currently, John serves as the Director of Music Ministries for Ridglea Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, conducting the choral and instrumental ensembles since 2008.  He also serves as the Director of Music for Beth-El Congregation of Fort Worth, as cantorial soloist and conductor of the volunteer and professional choirs.  Previously, John served as choir director for Tarrant County College, South campus; and taught at Texas Wesleyan University.  John lives in Fort Worth with his husband, John and their two sons, Hayden and Johnny. 

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Nathan Benavides, variations director
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CCC

Nathan Benavides has been teaching choral music for since 2007 at the middle and high school level. His choirs have gained consistent success through-out his career.  In 2015, Mr. Benavides was named the Head Choir Director at Paschal High School. Mr. Benavides has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas-San Antonio. He received his Master's Degree in Conducting from Long Island University-CW Post in 2015 under the tutelage of Dr. Mark Shapiro. He is a member of ACDA, TCDA, and TMEA and enjoys singing professionally as a section leader with FUMC Fort Worth and chamber ensembles such as the Highland Park Chorale, adjudicating, and mentoring fellow musicians. His Boxer, Cadence, serves as the official mascot of the Paschal Choir Department. 

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ERIN BAKER, CHILDREN'S CHORUS DIRECTOR
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CCC

Erin Baker is a graduate of Coppell High School and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Voice and Music Education from Louisiana State University. She helped found the Pinkerton Cowpoke Chorale in 2016. Erin also served as the vocal coach for First United Methodist Church of Coppell's youth musical productions and as the musical director. Erin was honored as Pinkerton's Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. Erin currently teaches 5th Grade at Pinkerton Elementary in Coppell. She has a strong passion for music and working with youth, and is thrilled at the opportunity to combine these as director of the Coppell Children's Chorus and Associate Director of the Copppell Community Chorale.

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CAROLINE MAAs, accompanist

Caroline (Martin) Maas started taking piano lessons in the 2nd grade. She got her introduction into accompanying in 6th grade, where she accompanied one song per concert and continued to do so throughout junior high and high school. Caroline also accompanied solos and ensembles, the show choir, and directed and accompanied the children’s choir at her church.

 

Caroline got her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education (with a math concentration) from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL in 1997. Upon graduation, she moved to Dallas, TX and began teaching middle school math, then high school. Even though Caroline has always taught math, she still continued to be involved in the music program at each school by accompanying the choir for concerts and UIL contests and helping with solos for both band and choir.

Caroline joined the Coppell Community Chorale in 2000. Caroline currently teaches at Western Hills High School in Fort Worth and serves as Music Associate at Ridglea Presbyterian Church where she sings and plays in the praise band, sings in the Chancel Choir, and co-directs the Cherub Choir of 3 to 7 year olds! When Caroline is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jody, and chauffeuring her kids around to all their various activities.

CCC Board of Directors

Bethany Henze

President

Jon Wilson

Vice President - Outreach

Deb Wood

Vice President - Membership

Webmaster

Cathy Nelson

Treasurer

Cate Gussio

Secretary

Lori Wilson

Librarian

Soprano Section Rep.

Ashley Mouton

Show Production

Children's Chorus Operations Officer

Cyndi Shinn

Member Care

Amy Ruppersburg

Alto Section Rep.

Elodie Camaret

Tenor/Bass Section Rep.