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 Chamber Singers, and our superb treble ensemble, Concordia (formerly 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. Huffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMU Choral Department 2021-2022
Meadows Chamber Singers (PERE 5114)
A select vocal ensemble comprised of the most advanced vocal talent in the university; open through audition to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major. Meadows Chamber Singers fulfills major ensemble requirements for SMU degree programs.
- Rehearsals: MWF 12:00 – 12:50 pm
Meadows Chorale (PERE 5113)
This large mixed choir is open through audition to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major. Meadows Chorale fulfills major ensemble requirements for SMU degree programs.
- Rehearsals: MWF 3:00 – 3:50 pm
Concordia (PERE 5116)
A treble choir that performs an eclectic mix of repertoire from chamber works to opera excerpts to standard choral works. Concordia is open to all undergraduate and graduate students (regardless of major) through audition. This choir fulfills major ensemble requirements for SMU degree programs.
- Rehearsals: TTH 12:30 – 1:50 pm
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Fall 2021 Auditions: Sunday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 25
Please note: Incoming Meadows voice majors will audition separately on Wednesday, August 18 – you do not need to audition again.
For all students who are new to the choral program, the audition will consist of vocalization, sight-reading, and the performance of a prepared solo from the standard classical vocal repertoire, such as an art song or aria (please note that you may be asked to sing only an excerpted portion of the selection, in order to keep the audition within the desired time limits). Although we prefer an art song or aria, if you are unable to prepare a solo of this nature, you may sing either “Amazing Grace” or “America” (“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”) instead. An accompanist will be provided.
An audition sign-up sheet will be posted outside the Choral Hall in mid-August – please select a time that is convenient for you. If you cannot audition during one of the posted times, contact Dr. Huffman immediately, and an alternative time will be arranged. Questions? Contact Dr. Pamela Elrod Huffman, Director of Choral Activities, at email@example.com.
A Song Unchanged
Thursday, October 7, 2021
“In the secret recesses of the heart, beyond the teachings of this world, calls a still small voice singing a song unchanged from the foundation of the world.” So begins Joan Borysenko’s poem, “Remembering,” and so begins the return to singing fully together again for the Meadows choirs. We hope you will join this first of many celebrations of the choral art in 2021-2022.
A Ring of Endless Light
Sunday, November 21, 2021
“A great ring of pure and endless light dazzles the darkness in my heart…” These beautiful words by Madeleine L’Engle are the inspiration for our musical exploration of this season of gratitude and light.
Thursday, March 3, 2022
First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
Join the Meadows choirs for a concert that honors the resiliency and imaginative powers of the human spirit.
Sunday, April 24, 2022
In our final performance of the 2021-2022 season, we explore what it means to both renew and reimagine our creativity as we continue to emerge from the challenges of the past two years. As part of that exploration, we are proud to present the world premiere of “Singing Forward,” a setting by composer William Averitt of a poem written especially for this project by his longtime collaborator, Robert Bode.