The Singing Women of Texas, founded as a one-performance choir recruited to sing at the 1994 Baptist Church Music Conference, celebrated its 20th year of ministry in 2014. Texas Baptists now sponsor eight chapters of SWOT across the state. Singing Women of Texas chapters are comprised of church staff members, church choir members, as well as music educators in schools and universities. Each chapter sets its own by-laws and guidelines. Costs for dues and concert dress will vary with each chapter.
What does being a Texas Singing Woman entail? Typically, each area chapter meets together once a month for an afternoon of rehearsal and an evening concert at a local church or other ministry venue. Often, two or more chapters come together for a music mission trip or a special concert event. As a combined choir, the Singing Women of Texas have been featured at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meetings, Baptist Church Music Conference sessions, as well as the Alleluia! Church Music Conference. They have crossed the Texas borders to sing and share the gospel throughout the United States, including more recent tours to New England and the southeastern states.
Although much has changed over the years, the consistent mission of these dedicated women remains: to glorify God and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through music; to provide opportunities for Christian growth, inspiration, fellowship and mission service; and to encourage musical excellence within the local church.
To find out how you can become a member, contact the chapter nearest you.
North Central Texas
Megan Smallwood, Director
Permian Basin Texas
Lisa Gentry, Director
Sharon Rainwater, Director
Glynna Penney, Director
West Central Texas
Carla Lowery, Director