Dr. Betsy Cook WeberProfessor of Music
Director of Choral Studies
office: MSM 156
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Dr. Betsy Cook Weber is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. She teaches a full load of coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels, oversees the large and varied choral area at the Moores School, and is also active internationally as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer. Before coming to the University of Houston, Weber taught vocal music, K-12, in the public schools.
Choirs under Weber’s direction, including the Moores School Concert Chorale, have been featured at multiple state and national conventions. Internationally, Chorale has won prizes and received acclaim at prestigious competitions in Wales and France. In May of 2013, Weber led the Chorale to a first-place finish as one of only ten choirs world-wide selected to compete in the famous International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany.
Comments about her choral work include "de luxe singing, eliciting admiration and gratitude," "wonderfully elegant and humorous," "sophisticated choir --- expertly prepared and with a finely-tuned corporate ear."
She has prepared singers for Da Camera, for early music orchestras Ars Lyrica and Mercury Houston, and is also routinely called upon to prepare singers for touring shows, including Josh Groban, NBC’s Clash of the Choirs, Telemundo’s Latin Grammy’s, Star Wars in Concert, and Andrea Bocelli.
In the fall of 2014, Weber became director of the Houston Symphony Chorus. She served from 1990 - 1997 as Assistant and, later, Associate Director of this historic ensemble, helping prepare major works for renowned conductors including Robert Shaw, Christoph Eschenbach, Roger Wagner, Nicholas McKegan, and Christopher Seaman.
Weber is the 13th person and 1st woman to receive the Texas Choral Director Association’s coveted Texas Choirmaster Award and is editor of the Betsy Cook Weber choral series with Alliance Music Publishing.
She holds degrees from the University of North Texas, Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), and the University of Houston.