Local Artist Spotlight: Kelsey Reinhart

As part of our Local Artist Spotlight series, we are thrilled to feature local composer, Kelsey Reinhart, in our upcoming concert: Sacred Poetry.

Mrs. Reinhart, currently serving in her 5th year of teaching, is thrilled to start her first year as head director at Lake Highlands Junior High School. She graduated from Texas Tech University in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Music, including a double major in composition and music education. First published by TFS Music Publications in 2012 for her piece “Irish Blessing”, Mrs. Reinhart has since published various works with Hal Leonard Publications. Additionally, several​ of her pieces have been included in TCDA new music reading sessions. Mrs. Reinhart is tremendously grateful to have received the following prestigious awards: the 2017 Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition and the 2017 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize; where she was also commissioned to write a piece for the O.A.K.E. National Youth Choir.

As a product of Lake Highlands, Mrs. Reinhart was active in choir and band throughout her junior high and high school careers and is excited to be back home! When she is not teaching or composing, Mrs. Reinhart likes to spend time trying new restaurants and coffee shops with her husband or snuggling with her two cats, Porter and Luna.

You’ll have the opportunity to visit with Kelsey at either of our concerts:

First performance:

Friday, September 9 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church
3232 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX 76015
Second performance:
Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
6121 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX 75214
We hope to see you there!

Sacred Poetry – The Music of England and America

We are starting our 2022-2023 season with two performances of a concert program that will offer a glimpse into the English sensibility of blending sacred themes and idioms with poetry from the 15th to the 20th century. Moreover, the performance will be exploring how England’s tradition, as well as the common language, influence America’s traditions.
The program will feature choral works by English composers such as Thomas Tallis, Charles Parry, Charles Stanford, Imogen Holst, and John Rutter. Also included in this program are works by American composers Stephen Paulus, Jake Runestad, and Alice Parker.
*** Admission is free for both performances! ***
(Links below will take you to the event invites)
First performance:
Friday, September 9 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church
3232 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX 76015
Second performance:
Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
6121 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX 75214

Vocal Auditions

If you have a passion for singing and a love of sacred music then you’re in luck! We are currently auditioning all voice parts for our upcoming season.

To schedule an audition, please submit a performance resume with the following information to info@inspiratamusic.com:
– a list of performance experience
– any musical training/background

Auditions will consist of:
– vocalization
– sight reading
– a prepared selection (music will be provided)

We look forward to meeting you!

Reflections – A Lenten Concert

Spend an evening with Inspirata during this Lenten season as we contemplate and prepare ourselves for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ at Easter.

We will have 2 performances:
Advent Lutheran Church in Arlington on Friday, Mar. 18
Zion Lutheran Church in Dallas on Sunday, Mar. 27

With works from Bairstow, Hogan, Gjeilo, Palestrina and others, our selections provide a backdrop for introspection and penitence as we explore the meaning of Lent and chronical the events of Holy Week.

We hope you’ll join us for this very special concert.

Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Join us as we celebrate the Christmas season with an inspiring collection of motets and hymns!  With the opportunity to sing along to some of your favorite songs, this event is open to all ages and admission is free.

We will have 2 performances:
Advent Lutheran Church in Arlington on Dec. 17
Zion Lutheran Church in Dallas on Dec. 18

This concert will include works by Arnesen, Clausen, Gjeilo, Stopford and others.

We hope to see you there!

CANCELLED: Reflections Concert

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and well-being of our audience and singers, we are cancelling our Reflections concert which was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22.

This was not an easy decision to make but given the current state of the coronavirus pandemic we felt this to be the most prudent course of action.

At this time, we hope that you will join us in praying for all those who have been affected by the virus and encourage everyone to do their part to help prevent further spread of the virus.

We thank you for your understanding,
The Singers of Inspirata

Reflections – A Lenten Concert

As we begin this season of Lent, we hope you’ll consider making our upcoming program a part of your Lenten celebration.

Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 pm

Cathedral Guadalupe
2215 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201

With works by Bairstow, Tavener, Palestrina and many others, you won’t want to miss it!

Bass! How Low Can You Go?

We’d like to introduce you to the newest member of Inspirata, Wendell Valdez!

Wendell joins us as a Bass and currently calls Dallas, TX, home after living in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma over the years. Born and raised in Metro Manila, Philippines, he grew up singing in choirs and taking piano lessons. He and his family emigrated to the United States when he was in his late teens. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a BBA in Computer Information Systems.

While attending ULM, Wendell studied private voice and sang with the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. On occasion, he accompanied other voice students and was a pianist for a couple of choral ensembles on campus. After college, he sang with church choirs and performed in musicals that include Bella Vista Players’ production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ where he played the role of Motel the tailor, and Arkansas Public Theatre’s production of ‘The Music Man’ where he played the role of Olin Britt, the barbershop quartet’s bass.

In Dallas, Wendell sang with the Chancel Choir and Vox Nova at First United Methodist Church, was staff accompanist for FUMC children’s choirs, and performed with the Arts District Chorale for 5 seasons. Currently, he sings with the Chancel Choir at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church and the Mobile Music Ministry ensemble that performs at various nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Dallas metroplex.

Please join us in welcoming Wendell to Inspirata!