The DeSoto High School A Cappella Choir will be touring London, England from March 8-16, 2017. To begin this exciting Tour, they will present their “London Experience Concert,” in DeSoto on February 26, 2017, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 1700 North Westmoreland Road in DeSoto, Texas with two performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Come support them financially (all donations are tax-deductible) and experience the wonderful repertoire they have prepared to perform across the world.
Touring London is an opportunity of a lifetime with an educational component for our students and community. They will take the world stage and perform in amazing, ancient places for an international audience. Singing in a cathedral built in 1043 AD is an experience that will never be forgotten and sharing those moments with family and friends is priceless. They will be traveling as ambassadors of DeSoto ISD, the community, state and nation. An international performance tour is an experience they will remember forever.
The performance tour consists of:
- Formal Concert at Collegiate Church of St. Mary’s Warwick – March 10
- Concert at Christ Church in Oxford – March 11
- Formal Concert at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden and Eucharist – March 15
- Informal Performance at the Palace of Versai
- Sunday morning service performance
The tour will start off in Oxford, home of one of the world’s greatest universities and a seat of learning since the 12th century and visit one of the area colleges. They will then travel to Stratford‐upon‐Avon and visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. They will visit the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and the Parliament area, cruise down the Thames River, tour the City of London, and observe changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
Other attractions include the London Eye, attendance of the Lion King in West End, St. Paul’s Cathedral where they will enjoy an Evensong, and The Beatles London Walking Tour where they will stop to sing “Yesterday.”
About DeSoto HS A Cappella Choir
The A Cappella Choir is an auditioned, varsity mixed choir composed of freshman through seniors who exhibit high levels of commitment and dedication to DHS and its overall success. Members of this choir maintain a high academic standing while taking AP and Pre-AP classes. They are active in a multitude of school, community, and religious activities including: athletics, theatre, cheerleading, dance, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Texas Association of Future Educators, and various other organizations. They are under the direction of Pamela Dawson, Director of Choral Activities and Jesse Cannon II, Assistant Director.
Each choir member has put a great deal of energy, practice and hard work into qualifying to perform on this important and educational tour. In the past few years, the A Cappella Choir has competed in the International Heritage Festival in Toronto, California, and Atlanta where they have won both festivals as 1st Place winners and Highest Overall Score. Most recently they traveled to Washington in March 2015, where they participated in the Festival of Gold.
DeSoto High School is a 6A high school with an enrollment of over 3,000 students in grades 9-12. DeSoto, Texas is a suburban city found 15 miles southwest of Dallas. The district is comprised of 77% African American and 68% of economically-disadvantaged students.