Who We Are
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.
In 2013, Alfrelynn Roberts became the director of SDCC. The choir continues to sing extensively across the city of Dallas at churches and venues such as the Charles Sammons Cancer Center, Dallas Bethlehem Center, South Dallas Cultural Center, and AT&T Performing Arts Center of the Winspear Opera House. Other performances include Spiritual festivals in Shreveport and Dallas as well as a concert series sponsored by the Riverside United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. In 2018, SDCC was the featured choral ensemble for Kathleen Battle's Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey Tour. Other performance collaborations include Women's Chorus of Dallas, New Arts Six, St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church Music Ministry, New Hope Baptist Church Music Ministry, David WW. Carter High School and Irma Rangel Choral Departments. In 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 35+ years of singing for a community that has embraced the programming this ensemble offers greater Dallas. With a membership that spans the Metroplex, members come from various denominations and religious experiences and share a common goal: to share the love of the Negro Spiritual with the community and celebrate the joys of singing.
Why We Sing
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.
The South Dallas Concert Choir is a performance-oriented community singing group that was formed for charitable purposes to provide a unique opportunity to educate and enhance the cultural life of the community by preserving and performing Negro Spirituals in their original form. It is the intent of this Choir to unite the voices and the multi-talents of its members as a means of sharing God’s gift of song. All people are welcome, regardless of race or creed.