The University of Houston’s Moores School of Music (MSM) delivers memorable performances and produces world class artists. While MSM’s students receive expert training from award-winning faculty members, they also benefit from being part of the MSM community.
Now, former UH musicians can continue to bond with past classmates. The MSM Alumni Association (MSMAA) offers former music majors and UH students who participated in MSM ensembles an opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. It also offers professional networking opportunities for former Cougar musicians.
“It's a great thing to see happen at my alma mater,” said Ryan Gabbart, MSM alumnus and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies. “Many alums from the school have gone on to important roles in the arts scene of Houston and beyond. It's nice to have a place where we can meet up and call ‘home’.”
The MSM Alumni Association officially kicks off at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 15 during a special reception in the lobby of the Moores Opera House. Alums are invited to catch up with both longtime friends and their former professors. Following the reception, all alums in attendance are invited to the UH Jazz Orchestra/Terence Blanchard performance in the opera house. Music alums will receive complementary admission to this performance.
“Music students spend so many hours studying, practicing, performing and socializing that they become an extended family,” said Chris Foster, MSM graduate adviser and alumnus. “The MSM Alumni Association allows us to reconnect with other music students who were like family members. Events like the one on Friday will be like a class reunion.”
Alums can become a part of MSMAA by simply updating their information on the UH Alumni Association website (designating Moores School of Music Alumni). There is no cost for membership. For complete details on how to join or designate gifts to the Moores School of Music, visit this site.
“We are all trained performers, but that's only a small portion of the scope of MSM alumni,” Gabbart said. “The range of talents within MSM has always been vast, and it is a wondrous thing to look how our alums have applied these skills.”