About Barbara Hill Moore

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Professor of Voice

Barbara Hill Moore, Meadows Foundation Distinguished Professor of Voice in Meadows School of the Arts at SMU since 1974, served as Department Chair from 1977 through 1992. Prior to her SMU appointment (1969-1974), Professor Hill Moore taught at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, the St. Louis Public School System and the St. Louis Archdiocese. She received the B.S. from Lincoln University of Missouri and the M.S. as a graduate Fellow from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.

Ms. Hill Moore has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed frequently in Western Europe, especially Germany, where she sang in opera, concert and recital, premiering the works of many American composers. She sang in Theater Des Westens in Berlin, was guest with the Nürnberg and Kiel Symphony Orchestras and sang concerts of American music annually from 1983 through 2009. A frequent performer in the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and throughout northern Germany, Ms. Hill Moore sang with such international artists as Justus Franz and Leonard Bernstein on the celebration of his 70th Birthday. She was frequently invited to the Zelt Music Festival in Freiburg, Germany where she premiered songs composed for her by American composer Simon Sargon. Opera lovers in Berlin know Ms. Hill Moore for her interpretation of Jenny in Kurt Weill’s Three Penny Opera, which she sang in more than 50 performances in Berlin and Cologne and repeated the role with the Pittsburg Opera in Philadelphia. She sang the role of Serena in the 50th Anniversary performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Charleston, South Carolina. Afterwards, she sang the role of Bess in concert and in opera productions throughout Europe and North America. Other roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the title roles in Dido and Aeneas and Aida. Recent performances include the Berlioz Les Nuits D’ete with the Sherman Symphony, Porgy and Bess with the Victoria Symphony and solo recitals in Nürnberg, Hannover, Hameln and Heilbronn, Germany and Numana and Ancona, Italy.

In 1990, Professor Hill Moore founded Spiritual Voices, an ensemble of five soloists and accompanist specializing in the performance of the earliest composed Negro Spirituals. Spiritual Voices has sung concerts in the United States including recent performances in Texas, North Carolina and Washington, DC. Their concerts in Europe since 1994 include performances in Saarbrücken, Saarlouis, Hannover, Hameln, Eutin, Stuttgart and many other cities in Germany. Spiritual Voices sang a Christmas Concert Tour in six cities in December 2013 in northern Germany and in including Hannover, Fischbeck/Hameln and Weilheim near Stuttgart. Ms Hill Moore has traveled with Sherow-Tatum and the Men’s Chorus of the Hamilton Park Baptist Church in Dallas, presenting concerts of spirituals throughout Brazil. She frequently collaborates annually with Mr. Sherow-Tatum and the Men’s Chorus in concerts for the Foote Foundation to benefit minority students studying voice at SMU.

Professor Hill Moore has presented Master Classes throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2000 she began a long relationship with the University of South Africa in Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, the University of Cape Town, the University of Western Cape near Cape Town, the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa where she has presented annual seminars and Master Classes. She has also worked with students in townships, churches and provinces to provide lessons and scholarship opportunities for talented singers to come to America for study. In August 2005, she was invited to return for the third time to the international music camp for singers in Kwangju, Korea. In March of 2007, Professor Hill Moore presented Master Classes at Seoul National University, Korean National University of Arts, Ewha Women’s University and the University of Kwangju, Korea.

In June 2008, Professor Hill Moore was named to a distinguished panel of four Master Teachers in the Internship Program sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). The NATS Intern Program is an exciting and innovative venture that seeks to pair experienced and recognized master teachers of voice with talented young members of NATS. Within a format designed to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas and techniques, the goal is to improve substantially the studio teaching skills of these promising young teachers. In addition to her work as a Master Teacher in Asia and Africa, Barbara Hill Moore is also a member of the distinguished artist faculty of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival located just south of Naples, Italy where she has taught in summer since 2004.

In January of 2006, Professor Hill Moore served on the distinguished artist panel of the UNISA Foundation International Competition in Singing held in Pretoria, South Africa. In the summer of 2011 she founded and directed an international study program through SMU, teaching and directing a class in musical theater, held at the Opera School of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. SMU students enrolled in the program studied South African History and Literature and traveled in South Africa to the Drakkensberg Mountains, the Hluhluve-Imfolozi Game Reserve and throughout the cities of Durban and Cape Town. Students in this program also performed Highlights from West Side Story in 2011 with South African dance, drums and traditional rhythms in honor of the brilliant work of composer Leonard Bernstein and the international celebration of the ninetieth year since his birth. In 2013, SMU students returned to UKZN to present four performances of South Pacific to critical acclaim.

Barbara Hill Moore is President of the Board and founder of the Bruce Foote Memorial Scholarship Foundation in honor of her former teacher, NATS member, SMU colleague and friend, Bruce Foote. The Foundation, established in 1995 provides significant financial assistance throughout the year to singers of any gender, race or ethnicity for excellence in singing. However, the Foote Awards have been given since 1989. The Foote Scholar is chosen annually by the Foote Advisory Board on the basis of talent, career potential, scholarship and need and receives a $1000 award. The Foote Scholars in 2013 were baritone artist student, Njabulo Mthimkhulu and graduate tenor Jae Wook Lee. In addition to the Foote Memorial Scholarship Award, the Foote Foundation will award scholarships in access of $50,000 in the 2012-2013 academic years to South African students through special support made possible by the David M. Crowley Foundation. Additional information on the Foote Foundation and the Foundation Scholarship may be found by logging on to: http://www.smu.edu/FooteFoundation/.

Students of Ms. Hill Moore will sing this year with opera companies throughout the world, including the Houston Opera, Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, La Scala, Salzburg Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Opera, Paris Opera, Berlin Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Cape Town Opera. Professor Hill Moore was chosen as one of the four Master Teachers in the 2008 Intern Program for beginning teachers sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Barbara Hill Moore is a recipient of the prestigious M Award. In May 2005, she was named the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Professor of Voice and in 2009-2010 she was named SMU Distinguished University Citizens. In March 2010, the South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Incorporated honored Professor Hill Moore as a Trailblazer for excellence in education at the Women’s History Museum in Dallas and in April 2010, she was an Honoree for Excellence in Education at the national meeting of the Veteran Feminists of America in Dallas.