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South Dallas Concert Choir

South Dallas Concert Choir’s mission is to preserve and perform the Negro Spiritual, together with other genres of music, to educate and enhance the cultural life of our audience.   SDCC had its...

South Dallas Concert Choir

South Dallas Concert Choir’s mission is to preserve and perform the Negro Spiritual, together with other genres of music, to educate and enhance the cultural life of our audience.  

SDCC had its beginning in 1986 as a 15-member workshop choir through the South Dallas Cultural Center under the direction of James Spaights, a renowned concert pianist and popular Dallas musician.  The choir was incorporated in 1989 as a non-profit and received its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1990.

Mrs. Jowanda E. Jordan became the second director in 1995.  During her tenure, SDCC evolved into a highly respected organization that thrilled audiences across the Dallas Metroplex and Louisiana.  The choir performed for young audiences in schools within the Dallas Independent School District, which provided an opportunity for young minds to be exposed to and influenced by the music of their ancestors and countrymen. Mrs. Jordan led the choir in educating the community on the rich heritage and phenomenal contributions African Americans have made in the field of music.

Ms. Alfrelynn Roberts, a trained operatic soprano and accomplished musician, currently serves as the third director of the South Dallas Concert Choir. Under her leadership, which started in 2013, SDCC has grown to a membership of 41. We have broadened our repertoire to include a wider array of musical genres while still focusing our efforts on preservation of the Negro Spiritual. The group is well-versed in a variety of genres and can perform repertoire that includes classical music, show tunes, classic rhythm and blues, traditional and contemporary gospel in addition to Spirituals.

We have expanded our performances to larger and more diverse audiences and have performed with locally, nationally, and internationally known musicians. We continuously strive for professional growth and for greater opportunities to engage new audiences while continuing to serve our own culturally under-served and historically marginalized communities.

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