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UH Moores School Orchestras

Moores School Symphony

UH Moores School Orchestras
Moores School Symphony Orchestra

Franz Anton Krager, Director of Orchestral Studies

Myles Nardinger General Manager & Assistant Conductor, Moores School Orchestras
Alejandro Basulto-Martinez  Manager and Assistant Conductor, Moores Opera Center
Anna Maria Gkouni Orchestra General Staff and Assistant Conductor
Charles Jeong  Orchestra General Staff and Assistant Conductor

The Moores School Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) is conducted by UH Director of Orchestras, Franz Anton Krager.  As a major ensemble with over 110 members, the MSSO performs as a musical partner with many of the Moores School of Music's (MSM) departments and studios.  The high level of its performances has been hailed by international artists and critics alike as a student ensemble of professional quality and versatility.  The MSSO appears regularly with world-class performing artists and has been featured at several Texas Music Educators Association conventions, as well as at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  They can be heard on compact disc on the Divine Art (Métier), Albany, MSR Classics, Newport, and HDTT labels.

Membership in the MSSO is open by audition, to all graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Houston.  During a typical school year, the MSSO performs an average of twice monthly, and engages all of the major orchestral genres including full orchestra, chamber orchestra, opera, oratorio, and ballet.  The MSSO collaborates on a regular basis with the Moores Opera Center, Moores School Choirs, and the Houston Ballet Academy.  It is a leading ensemble in the area of new music as well as being an important repository for the standard literature.  The MSSO also sponsors the annual Moores School Concerto Competition.  As an accompanying ensemble, the MSSO performs with soloists including MSM faculty, major guest artists, and students selected through the Moores School Concerto Competition.  Many MSSO graduates have gone on to become professional level orchestra musicians, conductors, and leading music educators in the field.