Message from the Director
The mission of the Moores School of Music is to provide a comprehensive training program for gifted musicians in one of the finest public university schools of music in the nation.
We have nearly 100 outstanding faculty who come from the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, La Scala, and numerous other of the finest professional music organizations in the world. We have over 600 students from the world over, in fields ranging from music performance to music education to musicology. And we produce over 300 concerts and events annually, on-campus in our three beautiful performance spaces—including the world-renowned Moores Opera House—and off-campus in the city of Houston. The school is a dynamic, exciting place—one that mirrors the vibrant, multicultural, and artistically vital city in which it is located.
We invite you to learn more about the Moores School of Music on our website, pay us a visit, or join us at one of our many public performances.
Margaret M. Alkek and Margaret Alkek Williams Endowed Chair
The Moores School of Music is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music and a member of the Texas Association of Music Schools.
The Moores School of Music's commitment to academic excellence and the highest performance standards has made the institution a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of this city. With its 80-member faculty and more than 600 music majors, the Moores School of Music's thriving programs place it in the forefront of music schools today. With the addition of its beautiful, new, state-of-the-art Moores School of Music building, the school is uniquely poised to be a vanguard institution for the twenty-first century.
Although the primary mission of the Moores School is to educate and train professional performers and teachers, the school also serves the community at large with its public concerts and class offerings. The Moores School division of Preparatory and Continuing Studies is a multi-faceted program which provides private and classroom instruction to all ages.
Undergraduate and graduate degrees through the doctoral level are offered in theory, performance, composition, music history, pedagogy, conducting, and music education. Through the excellence of its curriculum, the distinction of its faculty, the success of its graduates, and its alliances with the city's esteemed arts organizations - the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Society for the Performing Arts, and others - the school enjoys a reputation which brings students to Houston from throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, South and Central America, and the Far East.
As 80 percent of the university's music graduates remain in this area, it is readily apparent that the Moores School of Music provides a major infusion of superbly trained musicians into professional performance organizations, churches, public and private schools, and studios—indeed, into every aspect of the city's musical life. The Moores School of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools.