Programs

Singer Incentives

For every rehearsal or performance in which a singing member successfully participates, that member is entitled to receive their choice of a crisp $2 bill or an all-day Dallas Area Rapid Transportation (DART) voucher. While these do come at an expense for the organization, they are invaluable to the singer.

Voice Academy

This class is offered to any member of the Dallas Street Choir wishing to improve their vocal technique and general musical aptitude. The class is offered weekly and is open to the first 5-6 singers who register. There is no pre-requisite and singers are welcome to attend regularly or when convenient.

Sheila Baker, the instructor, is a member of The Dallas Opera Chorus and teaches privately throughout the DFW area. She received her master’s degree in voice performance from LSU.

Frederica von Stade Honorary Scholarship for Continuing Education

In November 2015, we launched the Frederica von Stade Honorary Scholarship for Continuing Education. This competitive scholarship, to be given semi-annually, assists Dallas Street Choir members achieve their personal education goals. Also launched in 2015 was the Dallas Street Choir Voice Academy—a program where select members received small-group voice instruction from a professional singer.

2017-2018 Academic Study: The Power of Communal Song: Understanding the Meaning of Choir in the Lives of Homeless and Formerly Homeless Individual

The Dallas Street Choir and researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington are collaborating on a unique study to assess the meaning of communal song in the lives of individuals who are homeless or formerly homeless. The Dallas Street Choir was founded by Dr. Jonathan Palant in 2014 and offers a musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness and severe disadvantage. Its secondary aim is to deconstruct stereotypes about homelessness and poverty. Nearly a quarter of the Choir’s membership lives on the street, and over 1,000 individuals have attended at least one rehearsal since the program began.

In this groundbreaking study, professors from the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work and the Department of Music will seek to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the meaning of choir participation among members of the Dallas Street Choir?
  2. What is the essence of this participation for members of the Dallas Street Choir?
  3. What is the impact of choir participation on members’ ability to manage the stress of homelessness, mental health, physical health, and social inclusion?
  4. How does participation in the choir relate to mental health, physical health, and sense of social inclusion?

The researchers will be conducting surveys, as well as in-depth interviews with choir members to access first-hand accounts of their experiences in the choir. Data collection will begin March 1 and continue through early May, 2017. The Dallas Street Choir will use these results to support its efforts in grant getting, as well as to disseminate its innovative program nationwide.

Research Team:

Dr. Anne Nordberg, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work
Dr. Courtney Cronley, Assistant Professor,University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work
Dr. John Wayman, Assistant Professor,University of Texas at Arlington School of Music