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Carole Nelson

Artistic Director Emeritus

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Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls.     

                                                              — John Rutter


My Story

After over three decades of service to Houston Boychoir, Ms. Carole Nelson was named Artistic Director Emeritus as she stepped down from the role of Artistic Director, in 2023. 


Ms. Nelson was on the faculty of the Music Department at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts for 25 years as a choir director and the voice teacher. She left HSPVA to serve as the Artistic Director for Houston Boychoir. She has prepared choirs for work with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, the orchestra and opera program of the Moores School of Music, Opera in the Heights and the Houston Bach Society. Prepared works include: Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Boito’s Mephistopholes, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Boheme and both of Mahler’s Choral Symphonies No. 2 and No. 8.

She has led Houston Boychoir in concert tours of Washington DC, Chicago, New York, St. Louis and various cities throughout the United States. Foreign tours have included a fourteen-day tour of the Republic of China and most recently a concert tour of East Germany including Leipzig, Berlin and Dresden and led the choir in its debut in Carnegie Hall in 2008. Mostly recently the choir toured South Africa serving as youth ambassadors of Houston’s Cultural Arts.

Ms. Nelson is on the Board of the Southwest ACDA and she has presented choirs at national and state conferences. She is in demand as a clinician and director of Honor Choirs both locally and throughout the
United States.


Ms. Nelson has stepped down as Artistic Director but remains active in the HBC community funding raising

for the choir and as an HBC Board Member.


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