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
Jacob Sustaita, General Manager – Moores Opera Center
Carlos Guillermo Jung, Manager, Equipment & Library – University Orchestras
Arne Almroth, Consultant – 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. 

For more information, contact General Manager, Michelle Perrin Blair, at


Spring 2014 Performance Repertoire


Moores School Opera Orchestra
Menotti, The Consul
January 23, 25, & 26 at 7:30pm

Rossini, The Barber of Seville
January 24 & 27 at 7:30pm
January 26 at 2pm

Moores School Symphony Orchestra
Brahms, Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
conducted by Monzer Hourani
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:30pm
conducted by Franz Krager
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

Moores School Symphony Orchestra
Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor
Abbey Simon, piano
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

Moores School Opera Orchestra
Floyd, Cold Sassy Tree
April 4, 5, & 7 at 7:30pm
April 6 at 2pm

Moores School Ballet Orchestra with Houston Ballet II
Tchaikovsky, String Serenade & 
Sleeping Beauty, Act III
Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:30pm

Moores School Symphony Orchestra with Moores School Choruses
Bernstein, Candide (concert version)
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30pm