Dallas Chamber Symphony

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Dallas Chamber Symphony (DCS)
Founded 2011
Concert hall City Performance Hall
Principal conductor Richard McKay
Website www.dallaschambersymphony.org

The Dallas Chamber Symphony (DCS) is an American chamber orchestra that performs in the City Performance Hall in the Dallas, Texas Arts District. Founded in 2011, and led by Artistic Director, Richard McKay; the DCS presented its first season in 2012, and performs most of its concerts in the Dallas City Performance Hall.[1]

Critics have described the DCS as “extremely adroit”, “fresh” and “innovative.”[2] The orchestra has been lauded for its film series, which pairs classic silent films with newly commissioned scores.

Canadian violinist Jing Wang is the concertmaster. He also serves as the concertmaster for the Dallas Opera.[3][4]

Artistic Director and Conductor[edit]

Richard McKay, the DCS’s Artistic Director and Conductor, earned his doctorate in orchestral conducting with Gustav Meier & Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory. While there, he was Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Conservatory orchestras and operas.[5]

McKay’s earned a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Gerhardt Zimmermann and David Neely.

He has served as The University of Texas’ Music Director of the University Orchestra, and also worked with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Originally trained as a pianist, he earned his BM in piano performance.

Performance Venues[edit]

The DCS performs its main concert series in Dallas City Performance Hall, which opened in 2012. Designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP, the center is in the heart of the Dallas Art’s District.[6][7]

The Piano Competition is held primarily at Southern Methodist University’s Owen Arts Center.[8]

International Piano Competition[edit]

The DCS International Piano Competition took place for the first time in Dallas, Texas, from March 14–16, 2013. The symphony partners with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and offers its participants master classes, performance opportunities, private lessons and the chance to play with the symphony itself in the spring of 2013.[9]

World premieres[edit]

In November, 2012, the DCS premiered a new film score to the silent-film comedy A Sailor-Made Man, starring Harold Lloyd. The score was commissioned specifically by the symphony as part of their film series and was composed by Brian Satterwhite.[10]

On February 26, 2013, as part of its film series, the DCS Premiered a new all-strings film score to the silent-film horror classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, starring Conrad Veidt. As with A Sailor-Made Man, the score was commissioned by the symphony and was composed by Brian Satterwhite.[11][12]

Educational Partners[edit]

The DCS partners closely with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts for its International Piano Competition.

In 2014, the Dallas Chamber Symphony partnered with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) for an educational concert performed at City Performance Hall in conjunction with the release of their iPad music curriculum,[13] "The Sights and Sounds of the Symphony," by Barbara Vance and Richard McKay.[14]


  1. ^ "Dallas Chamber Symphony Website". 
  2. ^ "Dallas Observer 11-2012". 
  3. ^ "Dallas Chamber Symphony". 
  4. ^ "Ensemble75 Website". 
  5. ^ "William Richard McKay Website". 
  6. ^ "Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP". 
  7. ^ "DallasCulture.org". 
  8. ^ "DCS International Piano Competition Venues List". 
  9. ^ "DCS International Piano Competition". 
  10. ^ "Dallas Chamber Symphony Sailor Made Man Event Page". 
  11. ^ "Dallas Observer Review of Cabinet of Dr. Caligari". 
  12. ^ "DCS Summary of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Program". 
  13. ^ Frosini, Teresa. "DISD Students Attend Dallas Chamber Symphony". CBS Local News. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Zeeble, Bill. "Mesquite School and Dallas Chamber Symphony Pair up for a Unique Classroom Experience". KERA local Dallas. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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