About Barbara Hill-Moore

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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 frequently performed 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 invited on many occasions to sing in 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 with the Houston Ebony Opera and the title roles in Dido and Aeneas and Aida. Most recent performances include the Samuel Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the SMU Symphony Orchestra, Hector Berlioz’ Les Nuits D’ete with the Sherman Symphony, Porgy and Bess with the Victoria Symphony and solo recitals in Nürnberg, Hannover, Hameln Heilbronn and Weilheim, Germany and Numana and Ancona, Italy. In October 2017 Ms. Hill Moore was invited to sing a concert of American music in the 7th International Festival of Strings in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Professor Hill Moore founded SPIRITUAL VOICES in 1990. The ensemble of five soloists and accompanist specializes 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 throughout the country. SPIRITUAL VOICES sang a Christmas Concert Tour in six cities in December 2016 in northern Germany and including Hannover, Bückeburg, Fischbeck/Hameln and Weilheim near Stuttgart and the Bishop of that region has invited the ensemble to return in December 2018. 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 collaborates annually with Mr. Sherow-Tatum and the Men’s Chorus in benefit concerts for the Foote Foundation to provide financial support for minority students studying voice at SMU.

Professor Hill Moore’s recent focus has been in serving as Master Teacher, mentor and advisor, to aspiring young vocal artists in classes, private lessons, and advisory sessions, throughout the United States and South Africa. She has worked with singers in 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, University of the North-west in Potchefstroom, Nelson Mandela University (previously known as the University of Port Elizabeth), the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University (near Cape Town) 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, Professor Hill Moore was invited to return for the third time to the international music camp for singers in Kwangju, Korea and 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 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 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 January of 2006, Professor Hill Moore served on the distinguished artist panel of the UNISA Foundation 5th International Voice Competition, held in Pretoria, South Africa. January 20-February 3, 2018, she was invited to serve again on the distinguished artist panel of performers and educators from England, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, South America, South Africa and the U. S. to adjudicate the UNISA 6th International Competition in Voice.

In the summer of 2011 Professional Hill Moore founded and directed an international study abroad program through SMU, teaching and directing a class in musical theater, hosted by the Opera School and Choral Academy (OSCA) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. The program will move to Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in May 2019. SMU students enrolled in the program study courses Ethics and Human Rights as well as South African History and Culture and they travel in South Africa to the Drakkensberg Mountains, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and throughout the cities of Durban and Cape Town. Students in this program performed West Side Story with South African dance, drums and traditional rhythms. In 2013, SMU students returned to UKZN to present four performances of South Pacific to critical acclaim. In June 2014 the SMU in SA program collaborated with the Durban Department of Parks and Recreation to present four performance of Carousel in the City Hall Concert Theater, the Howard College Campus and the Zuma High School Theater. SMU returned to Durban in 2016 to collaborate with UKZN students and faculty in presenting four acclaimed performance of the musical Oklahoma! We will rework the musical South Pacific in 2019 with students and faculty at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.

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 Schollmaier Scholar Awards and the Foote Memorial Scholarship Awards will exceed $50,000 in the 2016-2018 academic years to South African tenors, Ndumiso Nyoka and Esewu Nobela, and Angelica Mata Esparza and Ricardo Ceballos de la Mora of Mexico, through special support made possible by the Rae and Ed Schollmaier Foundation. Additional information on the Foote Foundation and the Foote Foundation Scholarships 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.

Professor Hill Moore, along with SMU students and colleagues collaborated with Rosalyn Story, Dallas musician and author of the novel Wading Home, Mary Alice Rich, composer of the opera Wading Home, and singers from Texas and the Southwest, to produce the opera premiere in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the tremendous suffering in its’ aftermath. The Dallas premiere, April 2, at 7:30 PM in the Dallas Arts District Theater was made possible by a grant from Spynx. The Dallas performance was so well-received that Professor Hill Moore began a project to take the entire company of singers and orchestra to the people of New Orleans. With support from the Meadows School of the Arts, between July and September 2015, Professor Hill Moore, author, Rosalyn Story and composer, Mary Alice Rich raised more than $50,000. The Wading Home company of 52 persons traveled to New Orleans to collaborate with Loyola University faculty, 30 singers from Loyola University Chamber Singers, New Orleans Opera Creole, Chalmette High School's Chorus CHS Voices of 40 children, SMU’s SYZYGY and others presented Wading Home on September 12 and 13, at the Louis J. Roussel Hall of Loyola University. The company returned to Dallas for a final performance on September 15, at the Dallas Arts District Theater and has been invited to take the production to Nelson Mandela University, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Pretoria, South Africa in May 25 through June 9, of 2018. In Port Elizabeth, SMU students, faculty and alumni will join singers from Nelson Mandela University and the entire Eastern Cape Children’s Choir for performances of Wading Home. The SMU ensemble will join singers from the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and Cape Town Children’s choirs for performances. The SMU students and alumni are honored to collaborate with joint ensembles from the University of Pretoria, the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of South Africa in the final South African performances of Wading Home.