Getting Better with Age
The Texas Music Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season and 115 rising stars arrived at the Moores School to take part in an intensive four week orchestral fellowship program. Musicians arrived from around the world to develop their skills in orchestral, chamber music and solo performance. The festival kicked off with a "Welcome to Texas Bar-B-Q" and, in just one short week, the orchestra was ready to perform at the opening concert of the festival to a packed house. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Dr. David Tomatz, Texas Music Festival co-founder and former director of Moores. It was truly a night to remember. Conductor Franz Krager led the orchestra in an emotionally breathtaking performance of Mahler's 2nd Symphony. Following the concert, guests and performers raised their glasses to toast the 25th anniversary of the festival and enjoyed a 6-foot long birthday cake! Week two commenced with a concert performance of Wagner's The “Ring” Without Words, featuring the festival's Young Artist Competition winner, harpist Caitlyn Mehrtens. The orchestra was led by guest concertmaster Leon Spierer and conducted by his son, Carlos Spierer.
Plan to attend the grand finale concert on June 28th for some of the best music in town! For more information about the Texas Music Festival, visit their website at www.tmf.uh.edu.
25th Texas Music Festival
The Texas Music Festival will celebrate its 25th birthday this summer! The festival kicks off with a celebratory opening concert featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (Resurrection) on Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. The opening concert will pay tribute to TMF founder and former Moores School director, Dr. David Tomatz, who passed away early this year. The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival® was founded in 1990 to provide young professional musicians with a challenging musical environment in which to develop skills in orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance. The intensive four-week orchestral fellowship program on the University of Houston campus is guided by renowned guest conductors, members of Houston’s orchestras, faculty from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music, and other distinguished artists. For more details and ticket information visit the Texas Music Festival website here.
On Their Way
A new class of U of H Moores School graduates is on their way to greater heights and new challenges. Moores School grads celebrated with peers, professors, mentors, family and friends at the annual Moores Graduation Celebration. The event, dedicated to honoring graduates, included a program filled with remarks from director, Dr. David Ashley White and Moores faculty, musical performances, award presentations and the recognition of all the grads. The festivities continued post-program with a dessert reception for all graduates and their families and friends. The following Friday evening, graduates proudly bid a final farewell at their University of Houston commencement ceremony. The Moores School is thrilled to announce the graduation of 5 doctoral, 29 masters and 60 undergraduate students. Many of the graduates will remain in Houston and begin teaching in public schools, pursuing higher education and career opportunities. Congrats to all our graduates and GO COOGS!
Talk of the Town
The Moores School of Music celebrated fifteen years under the directorship of Dr. David Ashley White on April 26 with a CANDIDE dinner concert. Family, colleagues and guests arrived to the Moores Opera House in festive attire for a meet and greet with the guest of honor before making their way to dinner in one of the school’s largest rehearsal spaces. About 200 dinner guests were welcomed into Moores rehearsal hall 185 to find tables draped in Cougar red and accessorized with spring floral centerpieces. Our gracious dinner chair Diane Gendel, spoke eloquently about the legacy of Dr. White. Dr. Andrew Davis, the incoming director of the Moores School proudly announced the establishment of the David Ashley White Scholarship, which will benefit students of the Moores School. The esteemed Moores Seraphim Sax Quartet performed a sprightly and quirky piece to entertain the guests and added to the excitement of the evening. After enjoying a savory dinner, the crowd flocked to the Moores Opera House for a concert version of Bernstein's crazy, zany opera, Candide. The evening concluded with a post-concert champagne and dessert reception for all concert attendees. Moores Society president, Beverly Kaufman gave a humorous toast before Dr. White was showered with vocal tributes from various Moores performing ensembles and Greek organizations. The night was truly one to be remembered.
Business as Usual
The Moores Society gathered to conclude the academic year with the 2013-2014 Annual Meeting. Board members filled the UH Alumni Center’s Melcher Board Room excited to recap the year and look to a promising future for the Society, The Moores School and University of Houston. President Beverly Kaufman, thanked board members for their loyal dedication and service to the Moores School of Music. Nominating Committee chair, Shirley Rose, announced the slate of perspective Board of Trustees members. Please join us in congratulating the following Moores Society members on their election to the board of trustees!
- Phillip Berquist
- Joyce Frassanito
- Jay Marks
- Cathy McNamara
- Earl Ray Monk
- Marie LeNôtre
- Nancy Strohmer
- Ann Tomatz
What an unforgettable evening at the Moores Opera House as guests enjoyed a sold-out concert and performance by the Moores School Orchestra and Houston Ballet II. Dancers from the Houston Ballet Academy delighted the audience with their classical ballet performance. The Moores School Orchestra, conducted by Franz Anton Krager, inspired guests as our talented student musicians played Serenade, Op. 48 by Tchaikovsky and Graduation Ball by Strauss.
A special part of the evening was the presentation of awards to honorees from the Moores Society and the Houston Ballet. Moores Society President Beverly Kaufman proudly presented the Vivacious Volunteer Award to our very own Board of Advisor member, Joann Crassas, for her spirit of volunteerism in our community. Houston Ballet Academy Director Shelly Power presented the Academy Award to Sharon Erskine for her tireless volunteer efforts on behalf of that organization.
Well-wishers spotted in the crowd included Alan Austin, Darlene Clark, Patricia Cooper, Bill Crassas, Corey and Andrew Davis, Harriet and Gil Gertner, Cathy and Bill McNamara, Nancy and Hans Strohmer, David Ashley White, Anne Woods and Jo Dee and Cliff Wright.
A Night to Remember
Congratulations on the very successful It’s About Time…27th Annual Dinner Concert, which was held on March 27, 2014 at the Wortham Theater Center. Sincere appreciation goes to event chairs Eleanor Connan and Beth Madison, as well as to our esteemed honorary chairs, David Gockley and Patrick Summers.
This year, we were privileged to recognize Carlisle Floyd with the John Moores Award. It was a wonderful occasion for us to honor this great American opera composer. Carlisle came to Houston in 1976 to become an M.D. Anderson Professor at the University of Houston and, along with David Gockley, to co-found the Houston Opera Studio.
Our Moores School of Music opera students- Gwendolyn Alfred, Leah Bobbey, Eric Lindsey and Heath Martin- amazed the audience during the course of the evening with exhilarating musical arias from several of Carlisle Floyd’s well known works. HGO Studio member, Natalya Romaniw, also delighted the crowd with her performance of “Ain’t It a Pretty Night” from Susannah.
The Moores School comprises more than 550 students drawn from around the world, all of whom choose to come here because of our distinguished faculty, outstanding student ensembles, and world-class facilities. Your support of the dinner concert will help fund scholarships, special projects and educational opportunities for our talented students. Check out event photos here.
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It's About Time
Beth Madison and Eleanor Connan cordially invite you to return to the deep south and celebrate the rich history of the Moores School of Music! Join us for the 27th Annual Moores Society It’s About Time...Dinner Concert Gala. honoring Carlisle Floyd, one of the foremost composers and librettists of opera in the world today. With this event, we will recognize his rich history with the University of Houston's School of Music and the Houston Grand Opera. The dinner concert gala will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Wortham Theater Center and will be a night to remember. David Gockley and Patrick Summers are serving as our Honorary Chairs and they will be joined by a vibrant national and international host committee.
We hope you will attend the dinner concert gala and invite your friends. The incomparable Ernie Manouse will be our emcee and this memorable evening will feature exhilarating musical arias performed by award winning Moores School of Music students and Houston Grand Opera Studio. Celebrate the past as we look to the future to raise funds for scholarships, special projects and provide educational opportunities for the talented students at the Moores School of Music.
The Moores School is one of the premier music schools in America. The commitment to academic excellence and the highest performance standards has ensured its role as a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of Houston, the region, the country and around the world.
We look forward to your being a part of our exciting, unforgettable evening.
Please contact Patricia Cooper at 713-743-1304 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase tickets or for more information on the dinner concert gala.
Dinner is Served
What a memorable evening for the Moores Society! Gala chairs Eleanor Connan and Beth Madison recently welcomed guests to the It’s About Time…Dinner Concert Underwriters Dinner at the lovely home of Betty and Jess Tutor, our gracious hosts. It was the perfect setting for an intimate dinner with spectacular flowers, beautiful place settings, delectable food and a warm, inviting ambiance. Eleanor and Beth thanked guests for their support of the dinner concert and it was a wonderful opportunity to talk about the collaboration between the Moores School of Music and Houston Grand Opera. We are honored to recognize Carlisle Floyd, the dean of American opera composers, at our event on March 27, 2014 at the Wortham as we return to the deep south and celebrate the rich history of University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.
Guests at the dinner included Sybil Roos, Margaret Alkek Williams, Marie Bosarge, Rudy Avelar, Frances Marzio, Kelly Fawcett Somoza, Robin Angly, Sallymoon Benz, Beverly Kaufman, Andrew Davis and David Ashley White. Moores School student, Brittany Ruhmann, played piano and it was indeed a special night to remember.
Partygoers were in the mood to celebrate at the kickoff of the Moores School of Music Society’s Dinner Concert Gala. Musicians from our very own Moores School of Music’s jazz program, Darrel Materum, Gerald Massoud and Trent Minter, entertained guests with their sounds and what a memorable evening! Gala chairs Beth Madison and Eleanor Connan welcomed guests to the spectacular Chateau Carnarvon and excited the crowd with their announcement that renowned opera composer, Carlisle Floyd, will be the honoree at the It’s About Time…Dinner Concert. David Gockley and Patrick Summers are the honorary chairs for this stellar evening, which will take place on March 27, 2014 at the Wortham Theater Center. An international host committee of opera luminaries will toast Mr. Floyd as he receives the John Moores Award for his outstanding contribution to music.
The kickoff party crowd included Marie Bosarge, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel, Frances Marzio, Beau Miller, Rhonda Sweeney, Shirley and Don Rose, Helen and Jim Shaffer, Joann and Bill Crassas, Mariglynn and Stephen Glenn, Diane and Harry Gendel, Marie and Alain LeNôtre, Sharon Lietzow, Shirley and Jay Marks, Jackie and Malcolm Mazow, Janis and Cliff Landry, Rudy Avelar, Susan and Ed Osterberg, Carol Lee and Ken Robertson, Barbara and Ulyesse LeGrange, Kathi and Bill Rovere, Beverly Kaufman, Corey and Andrew Davis, Sally and Norman Reynolds, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Nan Schissler and Dr. David Ashley White.
Talk That Talk
Just recently Moores Society board members and trustees convened for a meeting to discuss the latest in Moores Society news and prepare for the exciting months ahead. Moores Society trustee, Sallymoon Benz, graciously hosted the meeting in the elegant Garden Room at the Houstonian Estates Condominiums. President Beverly Kaufman led the meeting with reports from the Executive Board, the Moores Development office, and Moores Director, David Ashely White. At the conclusion of the meeting Sallymoon treated guests to a lovely cocktail reception, which included delectable sips and bites. Special thanks to Sallymoon for her hospitality and continued support of the Moores School of Music.
The Moores School of Music Alumni Association (MSMAA) kicked off the month of Valentine’s with an alumni mixer during the MSM’s International Piano Festival. The black and white themed mixer came after a phenomenal performance by Emmy-nominated and billboard chart-topping piano duo, Anderson & Roe. Top-40 hits sounded while alumni visited over savory sweet bites and tastes of vino, with informative tidbits from the UH Alumni Association and MSM alumni relations rep, Correan Barker, with a raffle drawing featuring a 7 item prize bundle… Meanwhile… Music educators and performers alike took San Antonio by storm for the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention (TMEA). Amidst the 4-day convention which happens to be the largest music education convention in the U.S., alumni of the Moores School of Music assembled for a nocturnal reception at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel. 250+ Moores alumni accompanied by current MSM students, faculty, staff and guests filled a ballroom glowing with tea lights, lined with cocktail tables and touting a full-service bar and tasty hors d'oevures. MSM Director, David Ashley White presented Rick Ghinelli with the Moores Outstanding Alumni Award shortly before the event concluded with the singing of the University’s alma mater. GO COOGS!
Striking a Chord
Moores Society patrons and guests indulged in sounds heard at the 31st Moores School of Music annual International Piano Festival. The weekend-long festival opened with a recital by MSM professor and renowned award-winning pianist, Abbey Simon. Abbey has been recognized as one of the grand masters of piano, and is hailed as a super-virtuoso whose performances in the concert halls of the world are eagerly anticipated by music lovers and professional musicians who come to hear him. After being delighted by sounds of Chopin, Schumann and Beethoven, Moores Society members toasted Abbey and the festival with a champagne reception in the Moores Opera House.
One of a Kind
We are pleased to announce that Governor Rick Perry has appointed Beth Madison to the University of Houston System Board of Regents.
Beth has played an active role with the Moores Society through the years and she is currently chairing, along with her good friend Eleanor Connan, the 27th Annual It's About Time...Dinner Concert Gala on March 27, 2014 at the Wortham Theater Center. Beth is a shareholder and managing director of Higginbotham and Associates, and co-founder of Madison Benefits Group.
She is senior board chairman of the Houston Grand Opera, board secretary of the Alley Theatre, and a board member and past president of the World Affairs Council of Houston. She is an inductee of the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce 2013 Women's Hall of Fame and recipient of the 2010 UH President's Medallion for distinguished alumni.
Beth received her bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and she is proud to be a Cougar! Please join us in congratulating her on this well-deserved honor.
New and Improved
Improvements are now underway at the Grove, the green space bounded by the Moores School of Music, School of Theatre & Dance, Valenti School of Communications and the Fine Arts Building! Learn more here.
Carlisle Floyd returns to Houston for the second production of his opera “Cold Sassy Tree” by the UH Moores Opera Center. Get the full story here: http://www.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2014/March/0310CST.php
Beth Madison, named Ambassador for 2014 Women of Distinction
The Moores Society wishes to congratulate Beth Madison on being named Ambassador for the 2014 Women of Distinction. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Beth actively serves the community and is a dedicated supporter of the Moores School of Music, the University of Houston and many other worthwhile organizations in our city. Beth and her dear friend, Eleanor Connan, are chairing the Moores Society’s It’s About Time…27th Annual Dinner Concert, which will take place on March 27th at the Wortham. The southern themed event will honor Carlisle Floyd, the renowned dean of American opera composers. Beth has a real passion for music and we are thrilled that she will be honored at the Winter Ball in January.
Lucille’s was the setting for a southern style luncheon kicking off the It’s About Time…Dinner Concert benefit for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Friends from near and far were on hand to greet the legendary Carlisle Floyd, the dean of American opera composers, who had flown in from his home in Tallahassee for the event.
Beth Madison and Eleanor Connan are chairing the annual gala next March and David Gockley and Patrick Summers are the honorary chairs. Carlisle Floyd will receive the John Moores Award at the dinner concert and the Moores Society will salute his rich history with the U of H School of Music and the Houston Grand Opera.
Spotted in the luncheon crowd were Eleanor Connan, Carlisle Floyd, Marie Bosarge, Diane Gendel, Kelly Somoza, Barbara LeGrange, Frances Baxter, Marie LeNotre, Carol Lee Robertson, Nancy Strohmer, Kathi Rovere, Phyllis Williams, Beth Wolff, UH Dean John Roberts and Moores School Director, David Ashley White. See more photos here.
Meet and Greet
Excitement was in the air as the Moores Society hosted a party to kick off their 2013-2014 membership campaign. What a night to remember! A beautiful, clear fall evening with a crisp note of cool in the air as guests enjoyed sips and delectable small bites while mixing and mingling with friends.
Moores Society president, Beverly Kaufman, and membership chairs, Mary Ann and David McKeithan, made everyone feel welcome at the party and encouraged guests to join the Society. As they explained, membership dues in the Moores Society make such a difference and fund scholarships, special projects and educational opportunities for the talented students at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. UH President Renu Khator thanked the Moores Society for their continued support and spoke about all of the wonderful things going on at the university with her usual enthusiasm and charm.
For more information on joining the Moores Society, please contact Correan Barker at 713-743-3168 or via e-mail at email@example.com or Patricia Cooper at 713-743-1304 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. See more event photos here.
To New Beginnings
The Moores School of Music Alumni Association (MSMAA) celebrated its new beginnings on November 15th with a kickoff party. Moores School alumni, faculty and staff dashed over to the festively decorated Moores Opera House lobby for a pre-jazz concert bash. Read more and see a few photos here!
The Moores School of Music boasts one of the top collegiate opera programs in the country and its Director, Buck Ross and student performers are a force to be reckoned with. The National Opera Association recently presented the program with national honors for the third year in a row. The University of Houston’s Mike Emery reports and you can read the full story here.
Moores Society Board member, Nancy Strohmer, named Woman of Distinction
The Moores Society is proud to announce that our Rev Up for Moores! luncheon chair, Nancy Strohmer, has been selected as one of the 2014 Women of Distinction. Nancy chaired our 2013 Up, Up & Away! Dinner Concert and graciously gives her time and talent in support of the Moores School of Music Society and other philanthropic organizations in our community. She will be recognized at the Winter Ball in January and we congratulate Nancy on this well-deserved honor!