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Meadows Choirs

Dedicated to performing excellence in the choral art, the choral program at SMU has a rich tradition dating back more than 50 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 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. Huffman at pelrod@smu.edu.

SMU Choral Department
2019-2020

Meadows Chamber Singers

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

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

Diva Dolce

A treble choir that performs an eclectic mix of repertoire from chamber works to opera excerpts to standard choral works. Diva Dolce is open to all female 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 2019 Auditions: Sunday, August 25 – Wednesday, August 28

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.

Please note: Incoming voice majors will audition separately on Wednesday, August 21 – you do not need to audition again.

An audition sign-up sheet will be posted outside the Choral Hall – 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 pelrod@smu.edu.

2019 – 2020 CONCERT SEASON

In lieu of admission, please make a donation to Phoenix House (either in person at the concert or online at phoenixhouse.org).

Thursday, October 10, 2019
“Journey Home”

Meadows Chorale, Diva Dolce, Meadows Chamber Singers
Caruth Auditorium
7:30 pm

The Meadows choirs open the 2019-2020 concert season with an evening of music that explores visions of “home” in all of its forms, from spiritual to earthly.

Sunday, November 24, 2019
“What Was Said To the Rose”

Meadows Chorale, Diva Dolce, Meadows Chamber Singers
Caruth Auditorium
2:30 pm

“What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest…. “ These words from the 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi, are the inspiration for this program. The Meadows choirs will share music filled with gratitude and appreciation for the beauty in our lives – so much of which is quiet and simple.

Sunday, March 1, 2020
“Therefore, Music”

Meadows Chorale, Diva Dolce, Meadows Chamber Singers
Guest Artists: The Hockaday School Concert Choir
Caruth Auditorium
2:30 pm

For this concert, we look at the mysterious and loving tapestry of life, using Craig Hella Johnson’s “Therefore, Music,” as our inspiration. This piece – and the entire concert – celebrates “a litany of remembrance, a song of praise and gratitude and a chant of hope and wonder.” For this performance, we are especially honored to welcome the gifted young artists of The Hockaday School as our collaborators.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
“Beautiful City”

Meadows Chorale, Diva Dolce, Meadows Chamber Singers
Caruth Auditorium
7:30 pm

The Meadows choirs close the 2019-2020 concert season with a concert dedicated to our visions for a better world. Using Stephen Sondheim’s touching ballad, “Beautiful City,” as our inspiration, we will share music that takes us on a journey that includes trials and sorrow, but also joy and rebirth.

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