Artistic Staff

Tammy Neukirchner

Ms. Neukirchner is the new Chorus Director for the Kettering Children’s Choir and the general music teacher/choir director at Beverly Gardens Elementary in the Mad River Local school district. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Virginia University and her Master’s degree from Marygrove College. Currently, in her 30th year of teaching, Ms. Neukirchner was named the Beverly Gardens Teacher of the Year in 2012 and 2019. Her elementary choirs have performed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force and Kings Island. In 2017, the BG choir was featured at the Ohio Statehouse for the State of Ohio Memorial Day program. She also enjoys the role of musical producer for productions at Stebbins High School, teaching piano lessons and serving as the pianist in various musical productions.

Bruce Swank

Mr. Swank is in his 18th year with KCC as director of Chorale, and teaches General Music. He holds music education degrees from Ohio State University and Indiana University. He holds a Kodaly Certificate and diploma from the Kodaly Center of America. He teachers general music in the Northmont City Schools and is an adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. 

Christina Smith

Mrs. Smith is the Artistic Director of KCC, as well as director of the Concert Choir. She earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Education from Bowling Green State University. Currently, in her 26th year as Director of Choirs at Stebbins High School, she has grown the program to include four curricular choirs as well as theatre classes. In addition, Christina worked as the Assistant Director for the Choirs of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and as an adjunct faculty member at WSU. Beyond her work at school and in the community, she travels throughout the state coaching choirs and adjudicating for the Ohio Music Education Association. When home, Christina enjoys musical theatre; performing and directing as time allows.

Dr. James Tipps

Director of Cappella is Dr. Tipps, who is beginning his 22nd year at Wright State University, where he is associate professor and coordinator of Music Education. His teaching load includes conducting, research, and methods classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in addition to conducting the Men’s Chorale and University Chorus. He holds a doctorate in music education from Florida State University. 

Sarah Smith

Sarah is the Music Skills Instructor and Assistant Conductor of Chorus and Chorale. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music (both in Music Education) with Kodaly Emphasis from Capital University. She is the elementary music teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Kettering. 

Sean Hurley

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Sean Hurley is an Air Force brat, who eventually grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio. Shaped by his music teachers in the Beavercreek City Schools District, Sean pursued both his Masters in Music Education and his Bachelor of Music Education from Miami University. While attending Miami, Sean met his wife Heather and have now joined the ranks of other Miami Mergers, a growing population of Miami Alumni who get married. Sean currently teaches in the Beavercreek City Schools District at Jacob Coy Middle School and has taught for over 12 years. Sean and Heather have a four year old daughter named Braelynn and a two year old son named Carrick, who keep things at home very interesting and makes him continually grateful he can sing nursery rhymes.

Dr. Natalie DeHorn

Artistic Director Emeritus Dr. Natalie DeHorn is a co-founder of the Kettering Children’s Choir.  She is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Michigan State University and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. DeHorn has received over 100 grants for the KCC and has received personal grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Ohio Arts Council.

Administrative Staff

Judy Schneider

Administrative Assistant

Dr. Ann Carbonell

Chief Financial Officer and Director of Fundraising

Pam Thompson

Rehearsal Assistant  

Judy Taylor

Travel Coordinator