Moores School Symphony Orchestra

Moores School Symphony

UH Moores School Orchestras
Moores School Symphony Orchestra

Franz Anton Krager, Director of Orchestral Studies

Michelle Perrin Blair, General Manager – University Orchestras
Arne Almroth, General Manager – Moores Opera Center
Kris Chapman, Manager, Equipment & Library – University Orchestras

Orchestra members click here for audition & scheduling information.

The 110+ member Moores School Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) is conducted by UH Director of Orchestras, Franz Anton Krager.  As a major ensemble, the MSSO performs as a musical partner with many of the MSM’s departments and studios.  The high level of its performances has been hailed by international artists and critics alike as a student ensemble of professional quality and versatility.  The MSSO appears regularly with world-class performing artists, and has been featured at several Texas Music Educators Association conventions, as well as at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  The MSSO enjoys frequent airing on "KUHA Classical 91.7" and "The Front Row," and can be heard on compact disc on the Albany Records and Newport Classic labels.

Membership in the MSSO is open, by audition, to all graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Houston.  During a typical school year, the MSSO performs an average of twice monthly, and engages all of the major orchestral genres including full orchestra, chamber orchestra, opera, oratorio, and ballet.  The MSSO collaborates on a regular basis with the Moores Opera Center, Moores School Choirs, and the Houston Ballet Academy.  It is a leading ensemble in the area of new music as well as being an important repository for the standard literature.  The MSSO also sponsors the Moores School Concerto Competition, held annually.  As an accompanying ensemble, the MSSO performs with soloists including MSM faculty, major guest artists, and students selected through the Moores School Concerto Competition.  Many MSSO graduates have gone on to become professional level orchestra musicians, conductors, and leading music educators in the field. 

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Fall 2014 Performance Repertoire


Moores School Symphony Orchestra
Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C# minor
conducted by Professor Franz Anton Krager
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2:30pm

Moores School Opera Orchestra
Offenbach, Tales of Hoffman

October 24, 25, & 27 at 7:30 pm
October 26, at 2:30 pm

Moores School Chamber Orchestra
Ginastera, Variaciones Concertantes
Moores Concerto Competition Winner (TBA)-Vocal Division
Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
conducted by Michelle Perrin Blair, Arne Almroth, & Kris Chapman
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30pm

Moores School Symphony Orchestra
Moores Concert Competition Winner (TBA)-String Division
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 Pathetique
conducted by Ming Liu
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30pm