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Barbara Hill Moore - Soprano

Southern Methodist University

BARBARA HILL MOORE, Soprano and Professor of Voice at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts since 1974, served as Department Head from 1977 through 1992. She received the B.S. from Lincoln University in Missouri and the M.S. as a Graduate Fellow from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. A favorite of orchestral conductors, Ms. Hill Moore has performed such varied works as Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 , De Falla's El Amor Brujo , Brahms' Requiem , Berlioz' Cleopatra , Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with orchestras and companies throughout the United States and Europe, including Kiel and Nuremberg, Germany Symphony orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Greensboro, NC Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and eight concerts with the Dallas Symphony. She is a frequent performer in Europe, especially Germany where she has sung concerts of American music every year since 1983. Berliners know Ms. Hill Moore for her interpretation of the role of Jenny in Kurt Weill's Three Penny Opera , which she performed there 39 times on stage and television. Recognized by European critics as an exciting, artistic performer, Ms. Hill Moore's concerts of American Art Songs have been featured in summer festivals since 1985. Ms. Hill Moore and bass, Louis Nabors sang concerts in the German cities of Nuremberg, Heroldsberg, Hessisch Oldendorf, Ottenstein Hannover and in Ancona, Italy in 2002 and in Hannover and Bemerode, Germany in December 2003. They will return to Italy, Switzerland and France in 2004 to sing concerts of African-American Art Songs.


This concert season, former students of Ms. Hill Moore (Laura Claycomb and Beth Clayton), sang to rave reviews with the Houston and Dallas opera companies. Others will sing at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Toronto Opera, the Salzburg Festival, La Scala, Paris, Houston, Santa Fe, Dallas, San Francisco and other major companies and theaters throughout the world. Ms. Hill Moore has presented Master Classes for teachers and singers in universities in England, Germany, Korea, South Africa and throughout America.


Barbara Hill Moore is President of the Board and founder of the Bruce Foote Memorial Scholarship Foundation in honor of her former teacher, SMU colleague and friend, Bruce Foote. The Foote Scholarship is awarded annually to minority students in vocal performance at SMU. The recipient for the years of 2003-2005 is Patrick Tikolo, from King Williams Town, South Africa. Patrick received the Artist Certificate in Vocal Performance in December 2002 and is a candidate for the MM in Voice in 2005.


A Past President of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and national NATS Foundation Board Member, Ms. Hill Moore has frequent Finalists and Winners in the Regional and District NATS Competitions, ten First Place Winners in the Artist and College Divisions of the National Opera Association Competition and six Finalists in the Metropolitan Opera Competition.

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