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Barbara Hill Moore

Professor of Voice

Barbara Hill Moore, Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor of Voice in Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, has taught at SMU since 1974 and served as department chair from 1977 through 1992.

Prior to her SMU appointment (1969-74), Professor Hill Moore taught at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., the St. Louis Public School System and the St. Louis Archdiocese. She received a B.S. from Lincoln University of Missouri and an M.S. as a graduate Fellow from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

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, 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 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, repeating 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, S.C. Afterward, 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’été with the Sherman Symphony of Sherman, Texas, Porgy and Bess with the Victoria Symphony of Victoria, Texas and solo recitals in Nürnberg, Hannover, Hameln and Heilbronn, Germany and Numana and Ancona, Italy.

In 1990, Hill Moore founded Spiritual Voices, an ensemble of five soloists and an 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, D.C. 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, including Hannover, Fischbeck/Hameln and Weilheim near Stuttgart. 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 an international music camp for singers in Kwangju, Korea. In March 2007, 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, Hill Moore was named to a distinguished panel of four master teachers in the Intern 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, 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 2006, 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 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.

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. The Foote Scholar, who receives a $1,000 award, is chosen annually by the Foote Advisory Board on the basis of talent, career potential, scholarship and need. The Foote Scholars in 2013 were baritone artist student Njabulo Mthimkhulu and graduate tenor Jae Wook Lee.

Students of 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.

Hill Moore is a recipient of the prestigious SMU “M” Award, the highest recognition bestowed upon students, faculty, staff and administrators on the SMU Campus by members of the SMU community. In May 2005, she was named the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor of Voice and in 2009-10 she was named as an SMU Distinguished University Citizen. In March 2010, the South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club Inc. honored Professor Hill Moore as a Trailblazer for excellence in education at the Women’s History Museum in Dallas. In April 2010, she was an Honoree for Excellence in Education at the national meeting of the Veteran Feminists of America in Dallas.

Concert Performances

Recent Recitals Include: Performances in Hannover, Hameln, Eutin and Stuttgart, Germany with Spiritual Voices in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Annual Foote Foundation Benefit Concerts in support of SMU graduate students.

Orchestra Concerts Include: Dallas Symphony, Nuremberg Symphony, Kiel Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Victoria Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta.

Opera Performances

George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (roles of Bess and Serena), produced in Berlin, Germany; Charleston, S.C.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Dallas, Texas; Jackson, Miss.; Shreveport, La.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Chicago, Ill.

Kurt Weill, Die Dreigroschenoper (Spelunken Jenny), produced in Berlin, Germany (39 performances); Cologne, Germany (8 performances); and Philadelphia, Pa. (3 performances).

Robert Xavier Rodriguez Le Diable Amoureux (the title role), produced in Dallas, Texas (PBS: KERA-TV Channel 13).

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira), produced in Houston, Texas, Houston Ebony Opera.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Die Zauberflöte (First Lady/Pamina), produced in Saint Louis Opera Theater and Shreveport (La.) Opera.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le Nozze Di Figaro (Countess), produced in Eutin, Germany.

Noel Stevens, The Enchanted Canary (Title role World Premiere), produced in Jefferson City, Mo.


Professional Training: University of Illinois, M.S. in Music Education; Lincoln University of Missouri, B.S. in Music Education
Private Teachers: Hermanus Baer, Bruce Foote and Horst Günter
Coaches: Virginia Babikian, Martin Issep, Madame Re' Koster and John Wustman

Professional Experience

Professor of Voice, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1974 to present
Professor of Voice, Amalfi Coast Music Festival Summer Opera Institute 2004 to present
Department Head, Voice Department, Division of Music, SMU, 1977-92
Assistant Professor of Voice, Millikin University, School of Music, Decatur, Ill., 1969-74
Music Specialist, St. Louis Public School System, St. Louis, Mo., 1967-69
Music Teacher, St. Louis Archdiocese, Most Holy Name of Jesus School, 1966-67
Supervisor of Music, Kinloch Public Schools, Kinloch, Mo., 1965-66


True to My Own Voice: The ethical challenges in transmitting talent. Cary M. McGuire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.


Meadows Foundation Distinguished Professor 2005
Mu Phi Epsilon Initiation into ACME 2006 (Artist Composers, Musicologists & Educators)
National Endowment of the Arts Recitalist's Grant 1986
Schollmaier Travel Grant 2000
Meadows Travel Grant 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
SMU Provost Travel Grant 2004
SMU Research Travel Grant 2005
Tower Fellowship Award 2003
National Graduate Fellowship Board Appointment 1994-2010
SMU M Award 2008 and SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award 2009-10
Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Award
Presented in Recital at National Convention by Pi Kappa Lambda


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