Southwestern Master Chorale

Principal Chorus of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

    Welcome to the official webpage of the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale!

    The Chorale is a long-established alliance of musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and advanced student musicians from the Southwestern Seminary School of Church Music.  The Chorale’s performances serve the community and the School of Church Music through a long-standing partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

    The Master Chorale provides an extraordinary opportunity for community singers and student singers alike.  There are few, if any choirs that perform with a top tier symphony orchestra many times each year.

    Since 1921, the Chorale has performed Handel’s Messiah each year at the Seminary and at Bass Hall. Both performances have become much anticipated local traditions.  The Chorale also commonly appears in multiple performances of Home For The Holidays with the Ft. Worth Symphony at the world class Bass Performance Hall in downtown Ft. Worth.  The Chorale also regularly appears as the primary chorus for the Symphony, most recently in Orff’s Carmina Burana in April of 2013.

    The Chorale has recorded 12 critically acclaimed compact discs and presented multiple American premiers, and in May, 2011, the Chorale, with the Southwestern Singers, premiered two works at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The two works--Peace Ascends by Dr. Stephen Johnson and Excursion by Dr. William “Mac” Davis--were performed with Mozart’s Requiem Mass to a large and enthusiastic audience.

    The Master Chorale has been under the direction of Dr. David Thye since 2007.


    For Information on Master Chorale performances, to audition, and for any other inquiry:


    Board President and Bass/Tenor Section Liaison: Mike McDaniel

    Board Member and Alto Section Liaison: Anne Treleven

    Board Member and Soprano Section Liaison: Robyn Toler

    Established 1908 Fort Worth, Texas