Viola Dacus, mezzo-soprano, has performed regionally as a recitalist as well as in opera and oratorio venues. She has performed with such organizations as Baton Rouge Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Mississippi Opera, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, members of the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Manhattan Philharmonic in a performance of Verdi's Requiem at Carnegie Hall. She has performed concerts throughout the Southeast as well as in Israel, Jordan, and Greece. With the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in 2011 she performed Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood, a song cycle composed for her by award winning composer James Sclater. More recent performances include a recital of Schubert Lieder, Mississippi Opera's "A World of Opera" Gala Concert, Handel's Messiah with the the Starkville/MSU Symphony, and Benjamin Britten's Phaedra with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming performances include The Old Maid and the Thief with Mississippi Opera, Handel's Messiah, an all Cole Porter program, Brahm's Liebeslieder Waltzes on the James S. Sclater Chamber Series at MC, and as mezzo-soprano soloist for the New York premiere of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living at Carnegie Hall, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).
Dr. Dacus received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees (both in Vocal Performance) from Louisiana State University. The subject of her doctoral monograph was the songs of German born composer Felix Wolfes. She continues to promote his lieder in both recital and lecture recital formats including presentations at both the Texoma and the Southern Regional Conferences of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is currently President of the Mississippi Chapter of NATS. She is also listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission's Artist Roster.
Dr. Dacus has served on the faculties of Phillips University in Enid, OK and Oklahoma State University, as well as having held interim positions at Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University. She joined the Mississippi College faculty in 2001 and is currently Part-time Instructor of Voice.
MUS 450 - Song Literature I
TT, 12:00-1:15, 406 Aven Hall
MUS - Applied Voice
M-F, TBA, 207 Aven Hall
- Applied Voice
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