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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 three outstanding choirs: Meadows Concert Choir (our largest mixed choir), Diva Dolce (our superb women’s ensemble), and SMU’s top choral ensemble, the Meadows Chorale. Students of all ages and academic concentrations may audition for any of the SMU choirs. For more information about the choral program, contact Dr. Pamela Elrod Huffman, Director of Choral Activities, at

2015 - 2016 SMU Choral Season

In lieu of admission, we request that you make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank (either in person at the concert or online at Food donations must be non-perishable.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
“Soul Clap Its Hands and Sing!”
Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir, Diva Dolce
7:30 pm
Caruth Auditorium

The title of this performance is inspired by a line from the Yeats poem, “Sailing to Byzantium.” The underlying theme of the poem is a spiritual journey of the soul – a journey that ends with eternal life. Our concert features music that represents similar journeys – some troubled, some jubilant, some heavenly, and some earthly. Included on the program is Lukas Foss’ “Psalms,” a multi-movement work for choir and two pianos.

Thursday, November 12
Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir, Diva Dolce
7:00 pm
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
8011 Douglas Ave.
Dallas, TX

The Meadows choirs travel to St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church for this performance of music that explores the spiritual and physical places we call “home.” The centerpiece of the program is John Corigliano’s beautiful setting of the Dylan Thomas poem, “Fern Hill,” – the poet’s recollection of carefree childhood visits to his aunt’s farm in Wales.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Meadows Concert Choir and Diva Dolce
7:30 pm
Caruth Auditorium

The Meadows Concert Choir and Diva Dolce present a concert of choral works from a variety of genres, cultures, and stylistic periods – all woven together into a colorful musical textile.

Sunday, March 6, 2016
J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Meadows Chorale
The Conservatory Singers and Conservatory Orchestra, The University of Missouri, Kansas City
Dr. Robert Bode, guest conductor
7:30 pm
Highland Park United Methodist Church
3300 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX

Leonard Bernstein described Bach’s majestic depiction of the Passion story in the following way:

"Suddenly the chorus breaks into two antiphonal choruses. 'See him!' cries the first one. 'Whom?' asks the second. And the first answers: 'The Bridegroom see. See Him!' 'How?' 'So like a Lamb.' And then over and against all this questioning and answering and throbbing, the voices of a boy's choir sing out the chorale tune, 'O Lamb of God Most Holy,' piercing through the worldly pain with the icy-clear truth of redemption. The contrapuntal combination of the three different choruses is thrilling. There is nothing like it in all music."

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of the pinnacles of sacred music in the splendid architecture of Highland Park United Methodist Church.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
“Heavenly Images”
Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir, Diva Dolce
Special Guests:
Flower Mound High School Jaguar Chorale
Mark Rohwer and Lindsay Swartwood, conductors
Chris Winston, accompanist
7:30 pm
Caruth Auditorium

“When I consider your heavens….” The words of Psalm 8 serve as the basis for our final concert of the season – a musical look at the concept of heaven. From Tarik O’ Regan’s “The Ecstacies Above” – a setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Israfel” – to Franz Joseph Haydn’s celebratory chorus, “The Heavens Are Telling,” we will spend the evening gazing at a myriad of heavenly images. We are honored to be joined in this performance by the gifted young artists of Flower Mound High School.

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