UH Moores School Orchestras
Moores School Symphony Orchestra
Franz Anton Krager, Director of Orchestral Studies
Arne Almroth, General Manager – Moores Opera Center
Baha Lee, Manager, Equipment & Library – University Orchestras
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.