In addition to solo performing opportunities in recitals and master classes, the School of Church Music offers a variety of ensembles for students to gain experience in their performing areas and to acquaint themselves with a wide range of repertoire, from the masterpieces of oratorio literature to the latest in worship music for the church. Above all, the ensembles provide the opportunity for glorious moments of communal music making.
View the current concert schedule - includes major concerts including ensembles,
guests, and Master Chorale
View the current performance schedule - includes student recitals and Performance Lab dates
The 150-voice Master Chorale presents four major choral concerts annually, including a tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah every year since 1921. It is the resident chorus for the Fort Worth Symphony and frequently appears in its concerts at the acoustically superb Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Currently under the direction of David Thye, the Chorale has recorded 12 critically acclaimed compact discs and presented two American premieres, Jonathan Willcocks's A Great and Glorious Victory and Alexander Grechaninov's Kvalite Boga and three world premieres including Willcocks's From Darkness to Light and the premieres of Stephen Johnson's Peace Ascends and William "Mac" Davis's Excursion at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York City's Lincoln Center in 2011. Click here for more information about upcoming Master Chorale performances.
Southwestern Singers is a mixed vocal ensemble of 40 auditioned members. The choir, directed by Dr. John Simons, sings in chapel, presents concerts 2 -3 times annually. Southwestern Singers also joins with the Southwestern Master Chorale for annual performances of Handel's Messiah and Southwestern's annual Gala of Sacred Music concert. In 2011, the group performed with the Master Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, part of the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Southwestern Chamber Chorale is a select group of 12 singers chosen from the larger choir, and is directed by Dr. Tom Keumsup Song.
NewSound is a jazz lab band directed by Joe Hardin. NewSound provides an opportunity to explore new musical styles and to experience ways in which instrumental music can enhance corporate worship. Alhough most of its repertoire is sacred, the ensemble also performs secular jazz and popular selections. It performs regularly in chapel and concerts and has appeared at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Chapel Orchestra is directed by Joe Hardin and is open to the entire seminary community. The Orchestra leads the Seminary family in worship by providing music for Chapel each week.
The Chapel Choir performs once a week in one of the Seminary's three weekly chapel services. It is conducted by Leo Day, Dean of the School of Church Music, and is open to all students at Southwestern Seminary for either one or zero hours of credit. The choir rehearses on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Students who participate will receive chapel credit on the days they perform.