TTU Home School of Music Ensembles The Matador Singers

The Matador Singers

Joseph Svendsen, Conductor
Barbara K. Lamont, graduate assistant, accompanist

The Matador SingersThe Texas Tech University Matador Singers (formerly the Men's Chorus) was originally established in 2000 as a musical outlet for all male students who enjoy the camaraderie of choral singing, performing a wide variety of musical styles, including classical works, spirituals, folksongs, barbershop, jazz standards, opera choruses, and spirit songs.

From the founding efforts of graduate students Jesse Tennyson and Robert Wray, and through the fine leadership of former directors Dr. Michael Marcades and Dr. John Hollins, the men developed into a respected School of Music ensemble. In recent years the ensemble served as the opera chorus in the TTU Music Theatre's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, performed at various community and campus events, and was featured at the TTU College of Visual and Performing Arts Gala presentation "A Night on Broadway," at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

Now under the direction of Professor Karl Dent, the Matador Singers has expanded its membership to 50 singers, and has renewed its vision to support the University as a fine choral ensemble singing artistically performed arrangements of artistic, accessible and entertaining music. This mission as "singing ambassadors" for the University is gaining success and recognition for this fine organization. Chancellor Kent Hance has recently stated "I am proud of these men" and has acclaimed their contribution as "outstanding."

The Matador Singers has gained substantial recognition at the University and community levels performing in numerous events. In addition to regular appearances on the School of Music choral concert schedule, this ensemble has opened the arts season for the College of Visual & Performing Arts; has sung at numerous Techsan Memorial Services and Alumni Association Dinners; has done outreach of singing for middle school male singers and local retirement communities; and, for the past four years, has performed The National Anthem at the TTU Homecoming football game, earning the distinctive honor as the first TTU choral organization to be invited to sing for this event.

Matador Singers perform the National Anthem

Photo by Josh Barron

Matador Singers – Fall 2013 Schedule

Friday, 9/20Matador Singers Retreat (Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2-8pm)
Friday, 10/4 Middle School Choral Festival (during class)
Friday, 10/11Kaleidoscope Concert – All TTU Choirs (8pm, HRH)
Saturday, 10/12  Homecoming Game - National Anthem (Time TBA)
Monday, 11/11 Fall Concert – “Veteran’s Day Concert” (8:00pm, HRH)
Tuesday, 12/3 Carol Concert (8:00pm, HRH)


Membership in the Matador Singers is open by audition to all registered male TTU students who have choral singing experience, who enjoy the fellowship of male singers, and who wish to serve the University as "singing ambassadors."

The men rehearse in the School of Music's Choral Rehearsal Hall (M01) on M-W-F, 2:00-2:50, and register under the course number MUEN 3101-207 (undergraduate credit) or MUEN 5101-207 (graduate credit) – one credit hour. Please click on News & Events for more information on auditions.

Prospective members should contact:
Karl Dent, Professor of Music