Briana Kruse Betsy Weber


As a teenager, Betsy Cook Weber was not a rock ‘n' roller. Unlike many of her peers at Houston's Sterling High School, she preferred a much different sound.

"I listened to a lot of classical music," said Weber, director of undergraduate choral studies at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music (MSM). "I didn't dare tell anyone. I don't know why, but I was really secretive about that."

Weber doesn't hide her passion for the classics anymore. She uses it to fuel students' enthusiasm for music both in the classroom and on stage. Lately, these energies have been focused on readying student singers for the performance of a lifetime.

Thanks to her direction and inspiration, the Moores Concert Chorale will perform and compete at the renowned choir festival Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod in Wales July 6 - 12. For four decades, this annual event has attracted the best choirs in the world, and the Moores Chorale is among only four U.S. groups that were selected for it.