The NCC Team

Tyler Merideth

ncc program director

youth choir assistant conductor and collaborative pianist

Tyler Merideth is known for his dynamic conducting and creative approach to teaching, having guest conducted honor choirs in Tennessee and West Virginia and orchestras in Tennessee and Indiana. He has been an integral part of the W.O. Smith Music School Summer Camp since 2008. As a collaborative pianist, Merideth has contributed annually to the Tennessee All-State Choirs since 2005 and performed with the 2020 ACDA Southern Region Junior High Honor Choir in Mobile, Alabama. From 2007-2014 he served as the collaborative pianist and assistant conductor of the Nashville Youth Choir and has returned to the organization to reprise his role in 2021.  Merideth teaches Choir, Orchestra, and AP Music Theory at Hillwood High school. In 2022, Merideth was awarded MNPS Academy Teacher of the Year.  He also serves as the director of the MNPS Summer Choir Clinic. His published compositions and arrangements have been performed across the United States and abroad.

Robert King

Youth choir director

Robert King has been director of the Youth Choir since 2003.  A native of Nashville, Mr. King serves as Fine Arts Director at Lipscomb Academy where he has been director of choruses since 1984. Under his direction Lipscomb has participated in every State Choral Festival since its inception in 1988. They have been selected 6 times to perform for the TN Music Educators Association Convention, and performed at the 2001 MENC National Convention and the 2004 ACDA Southern Division conference. He is founder and director of the Lipscomb University Community Chorus. With experience teaching in kindergarten through university, King is a frequent adjudicator, clinician and lecturer on choral and rehearsal techniques. A past president of the Middle TN Vocal Association and the Tennessee American Choral Director’s Association, he currently serves on the TNACDA State Board.

James Wells

ncc artistic director and Touring choir Director

James Wells has served as a co-director of the Touring Choir since 2010 and now serves as the NCC Artistic Director. In a full-time role, Mr. Wells serves as the Director of Youth and Children’s Music at Brentwood United Methodist Church. He oversees all the music and arts activities for students pre-school through college. From 1995-2005, Mr. Wells was the music, choral, and drama teacher at Freedom Intermediate School (grades 5 and 6) in Franklin, Tennessee. Mr. Wells grew up in Murfreesboro, and studied with Dr. Madeline Bridges (recently retired NCC program director) while attending both MTSU and Belmont University for his music education. He often spends summer months touring with the BUMC youth choirs and has traveled throughout the U.S. conducting children and youth choirs for organizations, churches, and school festivals. James and his wife Amy recently celebrated 28 years of marriage and have two adult daughters who both spent time in NCC. In his free time Mr. Wells enjoys time with family, his dog Ruby, exercise, running and hiking. 

Jasmine Fripp

Jasmine Fripp

CONCERT choir Director

Jasmine Fripp is a Grammy-nominated music educator and the founder of The Passionate Black Educator, an educational platform that grew out of her passion for empowering educators and providing Black and Brown students with a quality holistic education through music. With seven years of teaching experience in public and charter schools, she has built award-winning choral programs and provided Black and Brown students with various opportunities to excel within and outside the world of music.

As The Passionate Black Educator, Jasmine encourages and empowers music educators of all cultural backgrounds to create student-centered classroom environments that promote anti-racism, culturally responsive pedagogy, and healing-centered teaching. Jasmine’s ability to fuse hip-hop, choral music, student-centered dialogue, and creative teaching strategies have led to her being

heavily sought after as a clinician by universities, school districts, and professional organizations Worldwide.

Jasmine holds a Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration in Choral Music from Winthrop University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Belmont University.

Danielle Taylor

Danielle Taylor

Preparatory Choir Director

Danielle Leigh Taylor is an award-winning music educator that has dedicated her life to impacting the next generation of musicians through high-quality, innovative music instruction. This two-time CMA Music Teacher of Excellence recipient has served as a music teacher in Nashville for over 8 years. Danielle has a wide variety of expertise including choral instruction, commercial music ensembles, class guitar, general music, and private music instruction. Her rehearsals are a place of joy, music-making, and self-discovery as students are empowered to become independent music-makers that can apply their musical knowledge to various real-world experiences. 

Mary Bond

Mary Bond

Curriculum Diorector

Mary Bond is thrilled to begin her tenure as the Curriculum Director for the Nashville Children’s Chorus in the fall. Mary has held positions with children’s and community chorus organizations across the country including the Cincinnati Boychoir, the Cincinnati Youth Choir, and the Madisonville Youth Chorus. Most recently, Mary served as the Conducting Apprentice for the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia, the country’s longest-standing choral organization, and as a vocal technician in the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choir Vocal Conservatory. In the summers, Mary serves as Senior Faculty and Junior Faculty Coordinator for the Poco a Poco Young Artist Training Festival in Streator, IL.

Mary received her BS in Music Education from Xavier University, and spent four years as a high school choral and theatre director in MNPS. She will complete her MM in Choral Conducting at Temple University in May ‘23, where she works with curricular choirs, mentors undergraduate conducting students, and served as Chorus Master for the ‘23 production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She can’t wait to return to Nashville, her adopted home, to make music with her amazing students and colleagues!

Samantha Altmann

touring choir assistant conductor

Samantha Altmann serves as an assistant conductor with the Touring Choir. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Samantha moved to Nashville to pursue her passion in Music Education at Belmont University. She studied with Dr. Madeline Bridges, the former NCC program director, her first two years at Belmont before stepping into an internship role with NCC. Over her 4 years with the Touring Choir, Samantha made the transition from intern to assistant conductor after graduating with her Bachelor of Music in 2020. Outside of NCC, Samantha continues her work with middle school voices as a Choir Director in the Metro-Nashville Public School system.

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

concert choir collaborative pianist

Sarah Williams moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 from the east coast of Virginia to pursue music at the Blair school of Music, Vanderbilt University. After receiving her Bachelors of Music she began working in Nashville as an accompanist at both Vanderbilt and Belmont University, Hillcrest United Methodist Church, and the WO Smith children’s choir and camp. She continued songwriting and recording her own music, accompanying for high-school musicals and rehearsals, and building a private piano studio. In 2018, Sarah continued her education at Belmont University, earning her Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy. She serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Vanderbilt University and long-time keyboard player for the Bridge Band at Woodmont Christian Church. Sarah is also involved in the Metro Nashville Public Schools Side by Side program and works with choir teachers in the district for concerts, performances, and other special events.

Michelle Cox Carr

Foundations choir assistant conductor and collaborative pianist

Michelle Cox Carr serves as assistant director and collaborative pianist for the Foundations Choir. Originally from Colorado, Michelle came to Nashville to study music education at Belmont University. With principal studies in both piano and voice as well as a minor in French, she graduated Cum Laude in 2005. Michelle accompanies for Harding Academy’s choral program as well as sings with the Nashville Chamber Singers. She has been teaching private voice and piano for over twenty years.  Michelle has been a part of NCC since 2007 and believes it to be one of the best educational resources in Nashville for young singers.

Kyle Hankins

touring choir collaborative pianist

Kyle Hankins currently serves as collaborative pianist for the Touring Choir. Kyle is a 1990 graduate of Belmont University with a major in Theory and Composition. After graduation, Kyle went on the road playing keyboards with country artist Lacy J. Dalton for five years returning to become a full time dad helping to raise three children (Madeline, Nicholas and Jonathan). Kyle frequently works with area high schools and theater companies as musical director/pianist for productions. Kyle is the worship leader at First Baptist in Madison, artist/musical editor for PianoDisc, independent session musician and the organist for the Nashville Predators a.k.a. “Krazy Kyle”. Kyle, his wife Paula and three kids live in East Nashville.

Directors Emeritus

Madeline Bridges

ncc director emeritus

Madeline Bridges served as NCC Program Director and Touring Choir Co-Conductor from 1990-2019.  Dr Bridges is Professor of Music Education in the School of Music at Belmont University, teaching in the area of Music Education.  She served as School of Music Associate Dean for fifteen years.

Madeline received her doctorate in music education from the University of Alabama, M.M. Ed. from George Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University, and B.M. in Piano Performance from Shorter College in Rome, GA.  She has taught music and music education in classrooms from kindergarten through the graduate level.

Having recently retired from serving for almost three decades as project director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a summer professional development week for K-12 arts teachers, Madeline is also past-president of Tennessee Music Education Association and past-president of the National Board of Directors of Choristers Guild.  She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Tennessee chapter of American Choral Directors Association and was elected to membership in Tennessee Music Education Association Hall of Fame.  She continues to be a frequent guest conductor and presenter through the United States.

Dr. Bridges has served as children’s choir director in churches of various denominations including Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian.  Madeline, with Michael Hawn, designed, implemented, and was a founding faculty member of the Choristers Guild Institute.  She authored/complied several pedagogical books for children’s choir leaders and elementary music teachers, including How to Lead Children’s Choirs (Convention Press), Sing Together, Children! (Choristers Guild), and (with John Feierabend) Book of Church Songs and Spirituals (GIA Press).

Josh Wright

Touring choir director emeritus

Josh Wright shared NCC program director responsibilities with Elaine Bailey and additionally serves as co-director of the Touring Choir with James Wells. Originally from Middle Tennessee, Josh developed a love of music by playing trumpet in middle and high school band.  He went on to earn both his Bachelor and Master of Music in Music Education degrees from Belmont University. During this time, he discovered a passion for helping young people develop as musicians.

Josh served the Donelson community as an elementary music specialist with Metro-Nashville Public Schools for 17 years before accepting a position in the Office of Strategic Investments working in grants management.  In 2016, he was honored as a “Music Teacher of Excellence” by the Country Music Association.  Additionally, he has completed two levels of Orff and Kodaly training.  He had the privilege of working with NCC from 2007-2022

Elaine Bailey


Elaine Bailey was the Preparatory (now Foundations) Choir director from 2002-2023, and from 2019-2022 shared NCC program director responsibilities with Josh Wright. Before directing Prep Choir, she was the choir’s accompanist, under the direction of Roberta Rodgers. A graduate of Belmont University (B.M. and M.M. in Music Education), Elaine taught music at Poplar Grove Elementary School in Franklin, taking early retirement in 2019. Since her retirement, she has served as an adjunct professor in Belmont’s School of Music. She also sings in Portara Ensemble, a semi-professional choral group.  Elaine has two adult children, and her daughter, Dr. Sarah Beth Bell, participated in NCC from 3rd grade through high school.