Mississippi College

Viola Dacus

About Me


Viola Dacus, mezzo-soprano, has performed regionally as a recitalist as well as in opera and oratorio venues.  She has performed with such organizations as Baton Rouge Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Mississippi Opera, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, members of the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Manhattan Philharmonic in a performance of Verdi's Requiem at Carnegie Hall.  She has performed concerts throughout the Southeast as well as in Israel, Jordan, and Greece.  With the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in 2011 she performed Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood, a song cycle composed for her by award winning composer James Sclater.  More recently she has performed Benjamin Britten's Phaedra with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The Old Maid and the Thief with Mississippi Opera, Handel's Messiah, multiple performances of In the Still of the Night: Songs of Cole Porter, selections from Vivaldi's Gloria on the James S. Sclater Chamber Series at MC, and as mezzo-soprano soloist for the New York premiere of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living at Carnegie Hall. Upcoming performances include the world premiere of James Sclater's Summer Solstice at Night on the James S. Sclater Chamber Music Series, selections from Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, and a return to Carnegie Hall for Forrest's Requiem for the Living, 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 continues to promote 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.

Class Schedule

Spring 2014

  • MUS 451 - Song Literature II
    TT, 12:00-1:05, Aven 406

Fall 2014

  • MUS 161 - Vocal Diction
    MWF, 8:00-8:50, Aven 326
  • MUS 450 - Song Literature I
    TT, 12:00-1:05, Aven 406

Spring 2015

  • MUS - Applied Voice
    M-F, TBA, 207 Aven Hall
  • MUS 162 - Vocal Diction
    MWF, 8:00-8:50, Aven 326