Faculty | Voice/Opera
Betsy Cook Weber
Director of Choral Studies
office: MSM 156
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Education: Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University, a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, N.J.), and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Houston. Postgraduate study as a Music Fellow at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).
Professional Experience: in addition to overseeing the varied activities of the Moores School choral area, Dr. Weber directs the top large choral ensemble, the Moores School Concert Chorale, and also directs the University Women’s Chorus. She also teaches various courses in conducting, choral literature, and rehearsal techniques.
Dr. Weber is highly active as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter internationally. Under her direction, Concert Chorale has sung for the national American Choral Directors’ Association convention in Miami (2007), two Texas Music Educators Association conventions (2005 & 2008), and for the prestigious Eesteddfod in Wales, UK, at which event Chorale won or placed in every category in which they entered (Chamber Choir/first place, Mixed Choir/second place, Youth Choir/third place).
She served for seven years as Assistant and later Associate, Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus. Her duties with the Houston Symphony Chorus included assisting in the preparation of large choral-orchestral works for conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Shaw, Robert Page, Peter Schrier, and Nicholas McKeegan among many others. She is highly sought-after and active as a conductor, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator.
Before coming to the University of Houston, Dr. Weber taught public-school vocal music (K-12). While there, she helped design various curricula, and her choirs received numerous awards and prizes. She was one of the founding directors of the all-district Spring Branch Boys Choir and also directed the Spring Branch Girls Choir.
Publications: Dr. Weber's research activities include the editing of choral/instrumental works of the 18th century composer, Michael Haydn. Publications include Litanie della Madonna (1782), "Regina coeli," "Kyrie," and "Dixit Dominus."
Professional Affiliations: American Choral Directors' Association, the Texas Choral Directors' Association, the Texas Music Educators' Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Pi Kappa Lambda.