2019 News 08-14-2019 Alumni Spotlight: From Leading Baritone to Leading Arts Administration Baritone Jared Guest finds a new passion in arts administration within a thriving operatic career. 08-13-2019 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. 08-05-2019 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. 07-07-2019 Space City New Music Festival braces for second liftoff Composer, educator, and UH Alumn Martin Quiroga Jr.’s wants to demystify contemporary instrumental music. 07-06-2019 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 07-01-2019 Encore Houston, Episode 106: Texas Music Festival Musicians from the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival perform works by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov. 06-30-2019 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. 06-28-2019 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 06-27-2019 UH Alumnus Kenny Broberg Takes Bronze Medal in International Piano Competition UH Music Professor Calls Former Student a ‘Poet of the Piano’ 06-03-2019 Texas-Music-Festival-celebrates-30th-season-13913999 The “gift of music to the city” attracts talent from around the world and exhibits the best of what Houston has to share. 06-03-2019 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. 05-31-2019 Texas Music Festival Celebrates Three Decades and Counting The summertime powerhouse kicks off next week in The Woodlands. 05-29-2019 The Power of Expression UH Violist Plays Texas Music Festival, Composes Piece for Houston Symphony 05-28-2019 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. 05-24-2019 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. 05-23-2019 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. 05-09-2019 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. 05-02-2019 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. 04-29-2019 UH Composer Releases Works Inspired by Shakespearian Actor Alejandro Basulto reimagines Will Kemp dancing through Latin America for commissioned recording. 04-10-2019 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. 02-19-2019 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. 02-11-2019 02-11-UH Alumna Wins Grammy for ‘Best Opera Recording’ Jessica Jones honored at 61st annual Grammy Awards. 01-28-2019 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 12-14-2018 KGMCA Welcomes Esteemed Piano Professor to Moores School of Music Todd Van Kekerix brings collaborative teaching approach to Preparatory and Continuing Studies Program. 11-27-2018 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. 11-19-2018 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 10-29-2018 ‘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. 09-28-2018 2018 – 2019 Opera Season is Right Around the Corner Lede information 09-27-2018 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. 09-24-2018 UH Alum Sings Way to Top Spot at Prestigious Competition in Hungary Galeano Salas Wins Grand Prix, Invitations to Future Opera Festivals. 09-06-2018 Colour of Music Festival Comes to UH Sept. 12-16 Event Showcases Black Professional Classical Musicians 07-09-2018 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 07-02-2018 Moores School of Music: A Place Where Your Passion Will Meet Excellence A place where your passion will meet excellence 06-28-2018 UH Singers Head to Hungary! Concert Chorale invited to prestigious Béla Bartók International Choir Competition. 06-26-2018 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. 06-21-2018 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. 06-15-2018 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. 06-14-2018 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. 06-01-2018 UH Trumpet Player Up for Musical Challenge Megan Wade moves closer to her dream with the Texas Music Festival. 06-01-2018 Hear Music Made Famous in “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Texas Music Festival “Cosmic Beginnings” features music by Strauss on June 9. 05-31-2018 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. 05-30-2018 Texas Music Festival Goes to Space Conductor Franz Anton Krager has a blast with Houston Life. 05-23-2018 Raise Your Hand: UH Student Hopes to Elevate Music Education Christine Oakes wins new scholarship for aspiring teachers. 05-18-2018 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. 05-16-2018 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. 05-14-2018 Nationally Known Expert in Piano Teaching to Lead UH Moores School of Music Courtney Crappell steps into the role of director on June 1. 04-12-2018 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. 04-05-2018 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. 03-26-2018 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.” 03-22-2018 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. 03-01-2018 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.” 02-28-2018 KGMCA Announces Inaugural Marie T. Bosarge Affiliated Fellowship Moores School of Music student to spend summer residency at American Academy in Rome. 02-22-2018 An Invitation to Perform SingRAE Choir, led by UH alumna Alyssa Plumb (M.M. ’09), sings at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. 02-21-2018 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. 02-20-2018 Meet the Musicians: Jazz Festival Enjoy the 21st annual Jazz Festival from February 23 – 24 at Moores School of Music. 02-16-2018 Fridays at Moores Continues with a Night of Murder, Mystery and Intrigue Find out “Whodunit” with AURA Contemporary Ensemble on March 2. 02-09-2018 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. 01-30-2018 UH Alumnus and Cliburn Medalist Returns for International Piano Festival Kenny Broberg will perform Friday, February 2 at Moores Opera House. 01-19-2018 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. 01-10-2018 Public Art of the UH System Hosts ‘An Evening with Frank Stella’ Public Art of the UH System Hosts ‘An Evening with Frank Stella’ 01-08-2018 Strings Attached Moores School of Music partners with the Houston Youth Symphony to offer a hands-on internship to music education students. 2017 12-20-2017 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. 12-19-2017 Another Year, Another Big Win for Moores Opera Center The National Opera Association awards UH for “The Inspector” and “Romeo and Juliet.” 12-14-2017 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. 12-13-2017 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. 11-23-2017 Ignite Your Creativity: Study Music at KGMCA Study International spotlights the Moores School of Music. 11-20-2017 Houston Grand Opera Honors Veterans with Profound Concert Series MSM alumnus Mark Buller (D.M.A. ’15) tapped for capstone “Veterans Songbook” composition. 11-15-2017 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. 11-10-2017 UH School Of Music Offers New Performance Series Houston Matters talks to MSM's Blake Wilkins about the new music series Fridays at Moores. 11-03-2017 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. 10-17-2017 Comedy and World Premiere Highlight UH Moores Opera Season The 2017-18 opera season kicks off with "The Love for Three Oranges." 09-25-2017 '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. 09-14-2017 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. 09-13-2017 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. 08-04-2017 NPR Showcases Works by Moores School of Music Professor ‘Pipedreams’ highlights three works by David Ashley White. 06-23-2017 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. 06-21-2017 Texas Music Festival’s Brett Mitchell Loves Football, Just Like You Our guest conductor brings a decidedly everyman vibe to the conductor’s podium. 06-12-2017 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.” 06-11-2017 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." 06-06-2017 Texas Music Festival Kicks Off with Spanish-Speaking Opera’s Greatest Star Opening celebration on June 10 pays tribute to visionary composer Daniel Catán. 05-31-2017 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. 04-27-2017 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. 04-20-2017 Dallas Chamber Symphony Closes Season With Moores School of Music Alumnus Pianist Kenny Broberg (BM '16) provided the "indisputable high point" of the evening. 04-19-2017 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. 04-07-2017 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. 04-07-2017 Meet Amanda Levy (MM Vocal Performance ’18), UH’s Juliet Romeo & Juliet” premieres tonight at the Moores Opera House. 03-30-2017 UH Mezzo-Soprano Wins Top Prize at National Voice Competition Kristin Lewis Foundation awards Naomi Brigell (MM Vocal Performance ’17) vocal training in Vienna. 03-27-2017 Piano Alumnus Brings Music to Life on International Stage Kenny Broberg (BM Piano ’16) will represent U.S. at the 2017 Van Cliburn Competition. 03-21-2017 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. 03-01-2017 Cougar Music Camps Welcome Texas Students to UH Registration is now open for Moores School of Music band and choir camps. 02-28-2017 Alumnus Lands Starring Role in "Hamilton" Jonathan Kirkland (Master of Music ’12) talks hard work, singing success with The Daily Cougar. 02-01-2017 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. 01-04-2017 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. 2016 12-09-2016 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. 11-15-2016 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. 08-03-2016 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.” 07-19-2016 UH Moores Opera Center to Celebrate 30th Season of Performances Moores Opera Center offers Houstonians a first look at new works 06-30-2016 Rick Lowe joins University of Houston art faculty You can call the genius "professor" now. 06-10-2016 Artist, Activist Tania Bruguera to Deliver UH Mitchell Artist Lecture Provocative Political Artist to Share Insights on Campus, Reservations Begin July 6 06-07-2016 UH Music Faculty in the Spotlight During Texas Music Festival’s Perspectives Series The festival showcases emerging and professional talent from around the globe.