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Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, Director

The 40-voice A Cappella Choir is the premiere choral ensemble of the University of Texas at Arlington. Comprised primarily of undergraduate and graduate vocal music majors, the choir’s diversity is representative of the UT Arlington student body, which is ranked the 6th most ethnically diverse undergraduate population in the nation. The A Cappella Choir gave invited performances at the 2014 and 2019 conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, the 2019 National Collegiate Choral Organization conference, served as Ensemble-in-Residence for the National Student Conducting Competition at the American Choral Directors Association convention in Salt Lake City in February 2015, and was invited to perform at the Southwestern Division Conferences of ACDA in 2016 and 2022. The choir frequently performs with professional organizations around the region, including with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Chorale, and the Texas Ballet Theatre. In June 2015, members of the choir appeared with the Rolling Stones in concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In 2017, the choir commissioned and premiered “Serenity” by Daniel Elder, which was recently published by Walton Music. The choir released its first album in 2013, “The Road Home,” which has been broadcast nationally on NPR’s “With Heart and Voice,” and was named a finalist in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Performance.


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