Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Meadows Chorale, Concert Choir and Diva Dolce

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Dedicated to performing excellence in the choral art, the choral program at SMU has a rich tradition dating back more than 40 years. Throughout this period, members of SMU choral ensembles have gone on to successful careers as vocalists, conductors, music educators and church music leaders, some achieving national and international acclaim in their field. The tradition continues this year with concerts by our outstanding mixed choirs, the Meadows Chorale and the Meadows Concert Choir, and our superb women’s ensemble, Diva Dolce, all under the direction of Pamela Elrod Huffman, Director of Choral Activities. Students of all ages and academic concentrations may audition for any of the SMU choirs. For more information about the choral program, contact Dr. Elrod Huffman at pelrod@smu.edu.

2013 – 2014 Choral Season

In lieu of admission (for all events except the City Performance Hall concert), please make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank (either in person at the concert or online at www.ntfb.org).

“Lux”

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir, and Diva Dolce
3 pm
Caruth Auditorium

Lux – the Latin word for “light” – is the inspiration for this concert. Join the Meadows choirs for an afternoon of illuminating music, where we explore light in its many interpretations and incarnations in our lives and in the universe around us.

“Light, leaf, foot, hand and wing…”

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir, and Diva Dolce
Guest Artists: Lovejoy High School Varsity Mixed Choir
8 pm
Caruth Auditorium

The title of this concert is taken from the Wendell Berry poem, “The Dark Around Us.” This poem – and the theme of our program – is a celebration of the communion of all living creatures, or, as Berry describes it, “one household, high and low.” We are especially honored to have as our guest performers the Varsity Mixed Choir of Lovejoy High School, under the direction of Bethany Green and SMU alumnus Christopher Mason.

Delicate Death

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Meadows Chorale
Diva Dolce
2 pm
Perkins Chapel

Combining two powerful works by contemporary American composers NIco Muhly and David Lang, this concert will explore mortality, rebirth, and renewal. Muhly’s “How Soon” incorporates the words of the George Herbert poem, “Mortification, in a mesmerizing setting for women’s choir and chamber ensemble. Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning Little Match Girl Passion, scored for mixed choir, soloists, and percussion, combines the children’s story by Hans Christian Andersen with paraphrased translations of texts from J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. The result is a poignant and deeply moving modern-day parable that moves from intense suffering to soothing hope.

Fields of Gold

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir, and Diva Dolce
3 pm
Dallas City Performance Hall
Students - $7
Adults - $13
Seniors (over 65) - $10

City Performance Hall, one of Dallas’ newest and most desirable concert venues, provides the setting for an afternoon of music about remembering, loss, and comfort.

“And All The Earth Shall Sing”

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir, and Diva Dolce
8 pm
Caruth Auditorium

One household, high and low,
And all the earth shall sing.

So ends the Wendell Berry poem that inspired our second concert of the season – these two phrases also serve as the theme for this final concert. Come join the Meadows choirs as we celebrate the never-ending song in our world and in all of us.

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