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2019 News

Alumni Spotlight: From Leading Baritone to Leading Arts Administration
Baritone Jared Guest finds a new passion in arts administration within a thriving operatic career.
Moores School of Music Celebrates Renowned UH Choir with Send-Off Concert
Director of Choral Studies Betsy Cook Weber talks upcoming performance and overseas competition.
Alumni Spotlight: Justin Langham’s Musical Journey to Houston and Back Again
Moores School of Music alumnus shares an inside look at his touring group Deux Voix and musical success since graduation.
Space City New Music Festival braces for second liftoff
Composer, educator, and UH Alumn Martin Quiroga Jr.’s wants to demystify contemporary instrumental music.
Prize Winners Announced at Texas Music Festival Young Artist Competition
Violist Brian Bires has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Texas Music Festival Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition
Encore Houston, Episode 106: Texas Music Festival
Musicians from the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival perform works by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Texas Music Festival closes with a powerful Mahler Sixth
Led by conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech, the ensemble delivered it with a power and fervor that amounted to a celebration on its own terms — a display of what these young musicians could accomplish after just one month of playing together.
UH Alumnus Takes Bronze Medal In International Piano Competition
Rising classical music star Kenny Broberg has accomplished what only a handful of American pianists have done before - win a medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition1st prize at the 2019 Texas Music Festival Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition
UH Alumnus Kenny Broberg Takes Bronze Medal in International Piano Competition
UH Music Professor Calls Former Student a ‘Poet of the Piano’
The “gift of music to the city” attracts talent from around the world and exhibits the best of what Houston has to share.
Texas Music Festival celebrates 30th season
The “gift of music to the city” attracts talent from around the world and exhibits the best of what Houston has to share.
Texas Music Festival Celebrates Three Decades and Counting
The summertime powerhouse kicks off next week in The Woodlands.
The Power of Expression
UH Violist Plays Texas Music Festival, Composes Piece for Houston Symphony
Heights resident plays key role in Texas Music Festival
Music has been an integral part of Alan Austin’s life since he was a young violinist in North Carolina.
Texas Music Festival takes shape in June
Music lovers have to go no further than the University of Houston and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this June to see rising stars share their talents at the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival.
Lizzo On Feminism, Self-Love And Bringing 'Hallelujah Moments' To Stage
The former Moores School of Music student’s third studio album reveals a deep vulnerability.
Texas Music Festival Turns 30
“I wanted all of our soloists to be former students who have gone out into the world and done something extraordinary. What better way to showcase what we have built here?,” says Alan Austin, TMF general and artistic director.
Houston Symphony Celebrates Houston's Refugee Communities with RESILIENT SOUNDS
Students from the UH Moores School of Music and School of Theatre & Dance are collaborating on this special concert at White Oak Music Hall on June 11.
UH Composer Releases Works Inspired by Shakespearian Actor
Alejandro Basulto reimagines Will Kemp dancing through Latin America for commissioned recording.
Texas Music Festival to Celebrate 30th Anniversary Season
For this musical milestone, the festival welcomes three former TMF Fellows to the stage as guest artists.
02-19-Success Story: UH Alumnus Now Major American Orchestra Associate Conductor
Moores School of Music (MSM) alumnus Roger Kalia rings in the new year as the Orange County Pacific Symphony’s associate conductor.
02-11-UH Alumna Wins Grammy for ‘Best Opera Recording’
Jessica Jones honored at 61st annual Grammy Awards.
Meet the Artists: Renowned Pianists to Perform at 36th International Piano Festival
UH Moores School of Music presents the annual audience favorite, full of exciting performances and masterclasses, from January 31 – February 2, 2019.

2018 News

KGMCA Welcomes Esteemed Piano Professor to Moores School of Music
Todd Van Kekerix brings collaborative teaching approach to Preparatory and Continuing Studies Program.
UH Musicologist Wins ASCAP’s Timothy White Award for His Biography of John Latouche
Howard Pollack explores an obscure but fascinating lyricist in his seventh book.
Musicians outside Moores School find home in student org
An Organization to promote music interest of players who primarily are not music majors at school
‘The Debasers’ Shines a Spotlight on Compelling Band Drama
Upcoming UH student-written play follows a group of fun yet flawed musicians on their rocky road to stardom.
2018 – 2019 Opera Season is Right Around the Corner
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Moores School of Music Graduate Student Continues to Rack Up International Awards
Carlos Cordero won top prize at the 2018 Japan International Choral Composition Competition.
UH Alum Sings Way to Top Spot at Prestigious Competition in Hungary
Galeano Salas Wins Grand Prix, Invitations to Future Opera Festivals.
Colour of Music Festival Comes to UH
Sept. 12-16 Event Showcases Black Professional Classical Musicians
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts to Host Colour of Music Festival
Five-day festival will showcase musicians, composers, and classical-music scholars of African descent
Moores School of Music: A Place Where Your Passion Will Meet Excellence
A place where your passion will meet excellence
UH Singers Head to Hungary!
Concert Chorale invited to prestigious Béla Bartók International Choir Competition.
Texas Music Festival to Cap 2018 Season with Grammy-Winning Maestro Hans Graf
Graf returns for his first Houston to present the grand finale concert.
The Texas Music Festival At UH Is Paving The Way For Diversity In Classical Music
The long-time festival attracts top young musicians from around world to Houston, enriching our present and future music scene.
Timothy Hester to Perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 at Texas Music Festival
The Moores School of Music professor celebrates his 27th year with the festival.
Coming Full Circle with the Texas Music Festival
First-time TMF Orchestra Fellow Chris Grijalva performs at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, a stage with special meaning to him.
UH Trumpet Player Up for Musical Challenge
Megan Wade moves closer to her dream with the Texas Music Festival.
Hear Music Made Famous in “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Texas Music Festival
“Cosmic Beginnings” features music by Strauss on June 9.
KGMCA Musician Joins Elite Rank of Performers at Texas Music Festival
Elena Murphy, one of only three UH clarinet graduate students, performs as a TMF orchestra fellow.
Texas Music Festival Goes to Space
Conductor Franz Anton Krager has a blast with Houston Life.
Raise Your Hand: UH Student Hopes to Elevate Music Education
Christine Oakes wins new scholarship for aspiring teachers.
Hans Graf Returning to Houston for Texas Music Festival
TMF welcomes the Grammy Award-winning maestro to UH for a concert featuring three Shostakovich works.
University of Houston Applauds KGMCA Musicologist for Outstanding Research
Moores Professor of Music Howard Pollack researches and writes about music, often by way of critically acclaimed biographies of composers.
Nationally Known Expert in Piano Teaching to Lead UH Moores School of Music
Courtney Crappell steps into the role of director on June 1.
Music Fit for a Queen or Two
Arts+Culture Texas salutes Ars Lyrica Houston’s vivid “Long Live the Queen” performance, featuring UH’s Concert Chorale.
Texas Music Festival to Pack Star Power with ‘Cosmic Beginnings’
TMF launches the 2018 Orchestra Series with a space spectacular pairing of Strauss and Holst space-themed masterpieces.
So, You’re Thinking of Going to the Opera…in Jeans
Moores Opera House makes opera accessible through captivating stories and expressive acting that’ll leave you saying “Oh, I’ve been through that before.”
The Cost of Competition
Hitting the high note isn’t the only obstacle UH vocal student Kanisha Feliciano has to overcome at the Mondavi Center.
Houston Symphony’s Grammy Award-Winning Opera Staged by UH Alumna
Moores Opera House Manager Kristin Johnson (B.A. Vocal Performance Education ’99) stage directed the striking production of “Wozzeck.”
KGMCA Announces Inaugural Marie T. Bosarge Affiliated Fellowship
Moores School of Music student to spend summer residency at American Academy in Rome.
An Invitation to Perform
SingRAE Choir, led by UH alumna Alyssa Plumb (M.M. ’09), sings at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Convention.
Major Opera-tunity: Moores Singers Win at National Opera Association Competition
NOA awards Brian Yeakley (M.M. Applied Music ’14) and Katherine DeYoung (M.M. Vocal Performance ’18) for outstanding performances.
Meet the Musicians: Jazz Festival
Enjoy the 21st annual Jazz Festival from February 23 – 24 at Moores School of Music.
Fridays at Moores Continues with a Night of Murder, Mystery and Intrigue
Find out “Whodunit” with AURA Contemporary Ensemble on March 2.
A Hope and a Prayer: MSM Student Wins VoxPopuli Award at International Competition
Carlos Cordero (M.M. Composition ’18) sets St. Teresa of Avila’s prayer “Nada Te Turbe” to music for mixed choir.
UH Alumnus and Cliburn Medalist Returns for International Piano Festival
Kenny Broberg will perform Friday, February 2 at Moores Opera House.
Meet the Musicians: IPF
From the newly-minted to the well-seasoned — the International Piano Festival brings some of the world’s best artists to the Moores Opera House.
Public Art of the UH System Hosts ‘An Evening with Frank Stella’
Public Art of the UH System Hosts ‘An Evening with Frank Stella’
Strings Attached
Moores School of Music partners with the Houston Youth Symphony to offer a hands-on internship to music education students.


Capturing the Short, Glamorous Life of John Latouche
The New York Times reviews Moores School of Music professor Howard Pollack’s biography of the temperamental but beloved lyricist.The New York Times reviews Moores School of Music professor Howard Pollack’s biography of the temperamental but beloved lyricist.
Another Year, Another Big Win for Moores Opera Center
The National Opera Association awards UH for “The Inspector” and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Meet Alan E. Hicks, Associate Producer, Stage Director and Assistant Professor at the Moores Opera Center
The Moores School of Music’s new Jack-of-all-trades talks teaching philosophy, Houston’s performing arts scene and the January operas.
History in the Re-Making: MSM Professor Revives Historical Mass
Jeffrey Sposato partners with Mendelssohn’s conservatory to bring 200-year-old music to life.
Ignite Your Creativity: Study Music at KGMCA
Study International spotlights the Moores School of Music.
Houston Grand Opera Honors Veterans with Profound Concert Series
MSM alumnus Mark Buller (D.M.A. ’15) tapped for capstone “Veterans Songbook” composition.
The Best of Both Worlds: Moores School of Music Sends Coogs Abroad to Music Capitol
A new exchange program allows UH students to study at prestigious conservatory in Leipzig, Germany.
UH School Of Music Offers New Performance Series
Houston Matters talks to MSM's Blake Wilkins about the new music series Fridays at Moores.
Recitals Honor Late Violinist Fredell Lack
Sharman Plesner, a former student of Fredell Lack, tells Houston Matters how her upcoming recital honors her late mentor.
Comedy and World Premiere Highlight UH Moores Opera Season
The 2017-18 opera season kicks off with "The Love for Three Oranges."
'Fridays at Moores’ Offers a Fresh Spin on Date Night
City Book talks to Associate Professor Rob Smith about the new music series and making chamber music cool.
Legacy of Legendary Instructor Honored with Violin Series
The Moores School of Music kicks off the Fredell Lack Legacy Violin Series on September 17 with a recital by Maurice Sklar.
Remembering Fredell Lack, Virtuoso Violinist and Beloved Professor
The University of Houston professor inspired countless students during her 50-year tenure at the Moores School of Music.
NPR Showcases Works by Moores School of Music Professor
‘Pipedreams’ highlights three works by David Ashley White.
Success Story: Moores School of Music Alumnus Secures ‘Dream Job’
James Rodriguez (DMA Vocal Performance ’15) will head the vocal pedagogy program at Texas Christian University.
Texas Music Festival’s Brett Mitchell Loves Football, Just Like You
Our guest conductor brings a decidedly everyman vibe to the conductor’s podium.
Voice of an Angel: UH Alumna Lands Lead Role in New York City Opera Debut
Kirsten Chambers (MM Vocal Performance ’03) shines in “Angels in America.”
UH Alumnus Wins Silver at Prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition
Kenny Broberg (BM Piano '16) is first Cougar to place at the "Olympics of classical music."
Texas Music Festival Kicks Off with Spanish-Speaking Opera’s Greatest Star
Opening celebration on June 10 pays tribute to visionary composer Daniel Catán.
Moores School of Music Alumna is Key Player in 2017 Texas Music Festival
Yan Shen to perform on piano during the grand opening and closing night.
Broadway World Looks Forward to the 2017 Texas Music Festival
Expect to be engaged, enraptured and invigorated when classical music's rising stars perform major classical and contemporary works.
Dallas Chamber Symphony Closes Season With Moores School of Music Alumnus
Pianist Kenny Broberg (BM '16) provided the "indisputable high point" of the evening.
Performance at Moores Opera House Sets Stage for Nation’s First Spanish Creative Writing Ph.D.
AURA Contemporary Ensemble partners with UH's Hispanic Studies department to present "In Search Of" on April 24.
UH Alumnus and Acclaimed Pianist to Perform in Ballet Orchestra Concert
The Moores School of Music and Houston Ballet Academy present a unique collaboration on April 13.
Meet Amanda Levy (MM Vocal Performance ’18), UH’s Juliet
Romeo & Juliet” premieres tonight at the Moores Opera House.
UH Mezzo-Soprano Wins Top Prize at National Voice Competition
Kristin Lewis Foundation awards Naomi Brigell (MM Vocal Performance ’17) vocal training in Vienna.
Piano Alumnus Brings Music to Life on International Stage
Kenny Broberg (BM Piano ’16) will represent U.S. at the 2017 Van Cliburn Competition.
Faculty Spotlight: Nancy Weems, Madison Endowed Professor of Piano
Q&A with the chair of the piano program at the UH Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.
Cougar Music Camps Welcome Texas Students to UH
Registration is now open for Moores School of Music band and choir camps.
Alumnus Lands Starring Role in "Hamilton"
Jonathan Kirkland (Master of Music ’12) talks hard work, singing success with The Daily Cougar.
Moores School of Music’s Concert Chorale Invited to Sing at Nationwide Conferences
Dr. Betsy Cook Weber, director of choral studies, leads UH choir to two high-profile performances.
Moores School of Music Alumnus Joins Cast of the Broadway Smash Hit 'Hamilton'
Jonathan Kirkland (Master of Music ’12) takes the stage in Chicago as George Washington.


The International Piano Festival Invites Houstonians to a Weekend of Recitals, Master Classes
The festival will feature world famous pianists Lucas Debargue, Danny Driver, Ann Schein and Abbey Simon.
Moores Opera Center Places Second in National Opera Association Competition
UH celebrates its sixth consecutive win with the imaginative production of “Anna Karenina” directed by Buck Ross.
UH Moment: Mariachi Violinist
“Mariachi music is very spontaneous; it’s very on the spot. There’s no time to think. Everything is in the moment.”
UH Moores Opera Center to Celebrate 30th Season of Performances
Moores Opera Center offers Houstonians a first look at new works
Rick Lowe joins University of Houston art faculty
You can call the genius "professor" now.
Artist, Activist Tania Bruguera to Deliver UH Mitchell Artist Lecture
Provocative Political Artist to Share Insights on Campus, Reservations Begin July 6
UH Music Faculty in the Spotlight During Texas Music Festival’s Perspectives Series
The festival showcases emerging and professional talent from around the globe.