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.

Dale Dietert

Senior Lecturer in Voice

Dale Dietert is a highly successful voice teacher and coach who has trained singing actors in their craft for over twenty-five years. He has served on the vocal faculties of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Texas State University as well as the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England), the International Institute of Vocal Arts (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Bel Canto Institute (Santa Barbara), the International Vocal Arts Institute (Tampa, Florida) and the Sommerakademie Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria). For twelve years in New York City Dietert had an accomplished private voice studio. In addition, he served as assistant conductor for Connecticut Grand Opera and Elysian Opera, was artistic director for the concert series Supper & Song and produced community outreach concerts for The American Theatre Wing. In 2005, he joined the voice faculty of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Dietert’s students have sung leading roles at The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Cincinnati May Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Aix en Provence Festival (France), Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Concert Royal, Fort Worth Opera Festival, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Pacific, Houston Grand Opera, Gran Teatre de Liceu (Barcelona), Opéra de National de Paris, De Nederlandse Oper (Amsterdam), Opera Bilbao, Berlin Staatsoper, Teatro di San Carlo (Naples), Théâtre du la Royal de Monnaie (Brussels) and Hamburg Opera, as well as with regional opera companies, symphonies, and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico. Dietert's students not only appear on the operatic stage, but also on Broadway and regional theatre. A former student recently appeared as Henrik in the revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters, Elaine Strich, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. In addition, his students continue to win major national and international awards. His student Mary Dunleavy, soprano, was awarded The Maria Callas Debut Award with The Dallas Opera.

Equally at home as a collaborative pianist with vocalists in recital, Dietert has appeared throughout North America and Europe, on all of the major concert stages in New York City and has toured under the auspices of Young Concert Artists. A highlight of his career was the collaboration with one of his mentors, the late French baritone Gérard Souzay, in the penultimate recital of his singing career at the Mozarteum during the Salzburg Festival.

Teaching

Private Vocal Instruction
Vocal Pedagogy
German Diction
English Diction
Classical and Romantic Song Literature

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