Wes Moore - Music Faculty

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Wes C. Moore (wesm@dbu.edu)

Wes Moore, chairman of the Department of Music and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, has received critical acclaim as a performer in opera and oratorio, as well as many concert appearances throughout the United States. Mr. Moore has performed with the symphony orchestras of Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Naples, Florida, Fort Worth, Lewisville, Northeast Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, Fort Worth Early Music, and the Texas Camerata. He has performed many of the major baritone oratorio roles such as: Elijah, Haydn's Creation and Missa Brevis, Ein Deutsches Requiem, the requiems of Mozart, Faure, and Dvorak, Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Schubert's Mass in C, Stravinsky's Mass, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Vaughn Williams' Hodie and In Terra Pax. He has also been a soloist in many of the cantatas of J.S. Bach, as well as his Christmas Oratorio and St. Matthew Passion.

He has sung roles with the Fort Worth Opera, Regal Opera, Arlington Opera, Orange Coast Lyric Opera, Texas Gilbert & Sullivan Company and the Chinese/American Opera Theatre of Dallas. Stage credits include: Germont in La Traviata, Peter in Hansel & Gretel, Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Yakuside in Madama Butterfly, Horace Tabor in the Ballad of Baby Doe, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Giuseppi in The Gondoliers, Strephon in Iolanthe, and Ruthven Murgatroyd in Ruddigore.

An interest in song literature has led Mr. Moore into the performance of a large body of German lieder, as well as 20th century American art song. He has recently premiered several new works including John Dribus's Life Cycle and Camilo Salazar's En Joselito. He is a frequent lecture/recitalist at universities, community concert series, and churches where he has presented programs on modernism -postmodernism in the performance practice of art song, as well as given master classes in both solo and choral singing techniques. His students, in addition to being cast in professional opera and musical theater roles, have completed and are pursuing graduate studies in voice at such places as the Manhattan School of Music, Southern Methodist University, University of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is an on-site visitor with the National Association of Schools of Music, where he has made numerous visits to colleges and universities around the nation.

At DBU, in addition to his administrative duties, he teaches private voice, and advises the undergraduate vocal performance majors. He holds voice degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwestern Seminary as well as the D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas. He has done additional study at Oklahoma State University and Yale University. Memberships include National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, and Phi Kappa Lambda. Other teachers and coaches include, Jack Pearson, Frank Stovall, Joan Wall, Edward Baird, and Harold Heiberg.

 

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