Apply to MC
Submit your app.
Viola Dacus, mezzo-soprano, has performed regionally as a recitalist, as well as in opera and oratorio venues with such organizations as Baton Rouge Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Mississippi Opera, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and members of the Louisiana Philharmonic. She has sung in New York's Carnegie Hall in performances of Verdi's Requiem and two performances of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living (including the New York premiere). She has sung concerts in Israel, Jordan, and Greece in addition to concerts throughout the southeastern U.S. With the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra she has sung Mahler's Ruckert Lieder, Benjamin Britten's Phaedra, and Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood, a song cycle composed for her by award winning composer James Sclater. Recent engagements include multiple performances of In the Still of the Night: Songs of Cole Porter; the world premiere of James Sclater's Summer Solstice at Night for mezzo-soprano and string quartet; selections from Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in Jackson, MS; Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with Mississippi Opera; Vivaldi's Gloria in Jackson; Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living in Brookhaven, MS; songs of James Sclater in Hattiesburg, MS; and Brahms's Two Songs for Alto and Viola with the Mississippi Chabre Music Guild. Upcoming engagements include a classical Christmas recital in Brookhaven, MS, a program of opera duets and a new piece by James Sclater, and a return to Carnegie Hall for the New York premiere of Kim Andre Arnesen's Requiem, 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 has promoted 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 has served as Vice-president and 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 Assistant Professor of Music and Voice Area Coordinator.
Submit your app.
Mississippi College's physical address is 200 S. Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39056.