South Dallas Concert Choir
It all started when…
The South Dallas Concert Choir (SDCC) had its beginning in 1986 as a 15-member workshop choir through the South Dallas Cultural Center under the direction of James Spaights. The choir was made up of members who lived throughout the Dallas metropolitan area and has grown its membership to more than 35 members.
The South Dallas Concert Choir has been a nonprofit organization since 1990. In 1995, Mrs. Jowanda Jordan became the choir's second director and under her direction, the choir made many appearances around the city and released its first CD. Most significantly, the choir sang the original composition penned by Mrs. Jordan, "Lord, Keep the City" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A choral piece based on the last speech President Kennedy prepared, but never delivered. This compelling rendition has been requested from people across the country. A video was filmed and recorded in the Dallas Trade Mart where hundreds gathered 50 years prior to hear the unspoken words of President Kennedy.
Currently under the direction of Alfrelynn J. Roberts, the South Dallas Concert Choir sings extensively across the city of Dallas at different churches and venues such as the Charles Sammons Cancer Center, Dallas Bethlehem Center, the South Dallas Cultural Center, and in the AT&T Performing Arts Center of the Winspear Opera House. Season performances include a Christmas Concert (1st Monday in December), a Black History Program (3rd Saturday in February), Annual Seven Last Words Performance (Palm Sunday) and Juneteenth Commemorative Concert (3rd Saturday in June). Other performances include Spiritual festivals in Shreveport as well as a concert series sponsored by the Riverside United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. On June 28, 2018 the South Dallas Concert Choir was the featured choir for Opera Singer, Kathleen Battle on her Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey Tour. On October 13, 2018 the female singers of the South Dallas Concert Choir collaborated with the Women's Chorus of Dallas, New Arts Six and the Carter High School Girls Chorus to present "Rise Up and Sing." On January 26, 2019, the Dallas Metroplex Musicians' Association, an affiliate branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. honored the South Dallas Concert Choir with the prestigious "Supporter of the Arts" award during their 24th Annual Serita Doyle Lattimore Scholarship Luncheon.
The South Dallas Concert Choir celebrates 30+ years of singing for a community that has embraced the programming this ensemble has offered greater Dallas. With a membership that spans the Metroplex, members come from various denominations and religious experiences but share the common goal, to share the love of the Negro Spiritual with the community and celebrate the joys of singing.