In 2020, amid historic protests over the killings of unarmed Black Americans, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas’ leadership took a long, hard look at our organization’s contributions to Dallas and North Texas communities. While we have women of color and LGBTQ+ representation at every level of Chorus leadership and frequently perform and commission works by women composers, we recognize that there is much work to be done to fully operationalize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in practice and policy and to exemplify anti-racism in our organization. . . .
The composer of this song, Elaine Hagenberg, was inspired by a hymn that Scottish minister George Matheson wrote in 1882. After Matheson was blinded at the age of nineteen, his fiancé canceled their engagement, and he was cared for by his sister. He penned these words years later as he faced a painful reminder of his loss at his sister's wedding. The hopeful ascending lines represent renewed faith, and though lingering dissonance reminds us of past heartache, a beautiful promise remains "that morn shall tearless be.”
We hope this piece reminds you that there is beauty and joy to behold,
even through times of darkness.
As of July 12, 2020, the United States of America has lost 137,414 people to COVID-19. In this original song by Will Varner, The Women's Chorus of Dallas pays tribute to the lives lost and the ongoing efforts to combat the spread of this deadly disease.
The Women's Chorus of Dallas joined Hugh Jackman, of X-Men, Les Miserables, and The Greatest Showman fame, onstage at American Airlines Center on June 19, 2019.
"For several years I've been attending, following and supporting a group that is a model for how to overcome all of the partisan nonsense we face every day. Instead of debating or hating, they do it by creating. They sing. And they do it with an excellence that has earned an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in May. . . . " by Kevin Sloan, Contributor