Silver Serenaders of Texas


Mary Crawford

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In 2010 the choir was reorganized and a Corporate Staff was established; to include a
President and CEO to serve and give continuity for the Silver Serenaders of Texas, Inc. for our leadership team.

Mary Crawford worked with Baylor Health Care System Foundation serving many Presidents. Applying the skills and techniques and her love for music she has been a great addition to the team.

Artistic Director

Chett Haynes

Chett Haynes was appointed Artistic Director in October 2011.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas and Dallas Theological Seminary. He served as music minister in various Dallas County posts for more than 25 years before becoming the Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church Waxahachie in 2008.


Chett is an accomplished soloist and musical conductor, and will lead the Silver Serenaders on to even greater  achievements in the future.

Assistant Director

Aaron Ledford

In February 2015, Aaron Ledford was appointed as Assistant Director. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and Central Baptist College, and has served in church music ministry for 15 years. He has been a guest soloist and worship leader for church events all over the United States.

Aaron currently holds the position of Minister of Administration and Worship at Inglewood Baptist Church, Grand Prairie, TX.           

Patsy Summey

Krista Tinsley

Alice Zaccarello

Norma Camp*

Emily Whatley*

Marilyn Souders*

Ron Simpson*

Henry Thomas*

Board of Directors

2021-2022 DIRECTORS

Dennis Jeter (Chairperson)

Vacant (Vice-Chairperson)
Millie Strickland* (Secretary of Board)

Durhl Caussey

Tom Chapman

Angie Hammond

Ginger Lindsay

Jolette McHargue

Wayne Musgrave

Rev. Donnie Page

*Also officer of choir, serving 1-year term--

all others  elected for 3-year terms.

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We want to be a witness to the good news of Jesus Christ through the musical arts. Our goal is to promote community service, patriotism, and Christianity. If you love music and good, Christian fellowship, perhaps this is the place for you.


You can help us make a difference in the lives of senior citizens and the community with your generous tax-deductible gifts.

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The Chorale, directed by Aaron Ledford, adds a much needed extension to our ministry. This smaller group allows us to perform in different venues, such as Senior Adult Centers, Residential and Assisted Living Centers, and small community events. Call  214-668-9843 to speak to a representative about booking the Silver Serenader Chorale at Christmas time.

Our Founders


James F. and Betty Palmer founded the Silver Serenaders of Texas Senior Adult Choir in 1981 at Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas. At the time the choir was known as the Sunset Serenaders. In 1996, the present name was adopted, the organization was incorporated, and a Board of Directors from the community and the choir was installed.


Jim is a graduate of Baylor University as well as a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Betty also graduated from Baylor University. In 1993, Jim and Betty Palmer were presented the Award of Excellence for service to senior adults by Baylor University. They led the Silver Serenaders of Texas for over 30 years before retiring.


Following its incorporation as a non-profit corporation in the State of Texas, the Silver Serenaders of Texas was designated in 1997 by the Internal Service as a 501(c)(3) corporation. At this point, the choir removed itself from its long association with Cliff Temple Baptist Church and became an interdenominational community choir with corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas. The choir rehearses at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas. Although the choir has no formal affiliation with this wonderful church, it does have a covenant relationship of mutual support with the church, and counts it as a most supportive friend.

In its long history, the Silver Serenaders has performed throughout the United States, including Hawaii, as well as overseas in Israel. The choir has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Distinguished Choral Concert Series, as well as at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Numerous collegiate venues have included Baylor University, Sul Ross University, Dallas Baptist University, Hardin Simmons University, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, and Southern Methodist University. Countless churches have been privileged to hear America's premier Senior Adult Choir over the years.


The Silver Serenaders continue to bring music with a message to audiences everywhere.

Jim and Betty Palmer