Southwestern Adventist University's (SWAU) 29th annual A Night at the Meyerson concert was hosted on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas, Texas. This performance was the culmination of the Southwestern Music Festival, which took place during the weekend and welcomed over 100 high school students from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Florida, and Massachusetts.
The objective of the night's event was to advance musical accomplishment among young musicians and raise funds for music scholarships.
Dr. Devon Howard, chair of the Department of Music, described the effort that took place to make the night of grandeur come to life. "Preparation for the Meyerson concert is a year-round process for all involved,” Dr. Howard shares. “Faculty work months in advance to line up musicians and repertoire each year. Then all participants, spend countless hours learning, preparing, and perfecting the music to get everything ready to peak performance level by the time the concert occurs."
Each year, elite composers and musicians are selected to participate in the festival based on their distinctive abilities, unique style, and outstanding reputations. This year, SWAU was honored to have British composer Philip Stopford and guest soloist Jolyon Pegis.
This year's concert featured high energetic and inspiring performances, including pieces from history, new works, and the annual world premiere. This year the musical composition entitled God is Our Hope and Strength by Philip Stopford debuted. The orchestra performed the first movement of Dvořák's cello concerto with cellist Jolyon Pegis from the Dallas Symphony. Along with these compositions, the orchestra also performed Debussy, Beethoven, and Verdi. Some of the highlights of this year's choir performance included an exciting acapella version of the Star-Spangled Banner and a riveting arrangement of Lift Every Voice and Sing in honor of Black History Month.
The generosity of the sponsors and donors will allow SWAU to continue producing world-class God-focused music education for the coming years. For updates and information about the next year’s Night at the Meyerson, as well as to view photos from this year's concert, visit
Special thanks to the sponsors and donors that made A Night at the Meyerson possible:
Lane & Renee Sensabaugh
Civitas Senior Living
Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Fort Worth South
Texas Health Medical Associates
Texico Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Arkansas/Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Huguley Emergency Physicians
Ian & Jan Curnow
Oklahoma Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
SWAU Board of Trustees
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Todd & Melinda Goodman