North Texas Gaelic Youth Chorus
The North Texas Gaelic Youth Chorus is a youth group of singers age 8-18 who perform Irish folk songs harmonized in a chorus. The songs are mostly in the Irish language (Gaelic) and are traditional in nature. The chorus is part of the North Texas School of Irish Music, a 501(C)3 non-profit that was formed to provide goals, structure, and performance opportunities for young people who are interested in learning Irish music.
The group has performed with many leading touring shows including 4 years now with:
- Celtic Woman,
- Irish Tenors,
- Celtic Tenors.
- Teada/Irish Christmas In America
- Danny O’Flaherty
They have played at the North Texas Irish Festival, Kimblefest – Scotland, the Texas Scottish Festival, Allen Arts Festival, Murphy International Festival, Murphy Maze Days, McKinney St. Patricks Festival, and many others. They recently released a CD called Reflections which has sold over 1200 copies in the first 4 months of 2016, and has been played on over 20 radio stations internationally as well as being featured on CelticRadio.net
Some of their music includes:
- Rince Philip A’ Cheoil,
- Down but the Sally Gardens
- Gleanntáin Ghlas’ Ghaoth Dobhair
- Don Oiche Ud I Mbeithil
- Coinnleach Ghlas an Fhómhair
Our program is taught by Karen Ballew, a Gaelic singer and traditional Irish harpist. She is a current performer with the leading Irish chorus in the world, Anuna and has peformed with them in Ireland as well recorded on their CD.