Houston Girls Chorus welcomes new artistic team
AFA is pleased to welcome Amy Moore and Stefanie Stephens as the new co-artistic directors of AFA’s Houston Girls Chorus. Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Stephens take over leadership of the ensemble from Kimberly Tobola, who stepped down following the 2016-17 season. Amber Jamison remains conductor of the Houston Girls Chorus Prep Choir.
Upon being named to the position, Amy Moore stated, “I am delighted and honored to have been chosen to co-direct AFA’s Houston Girls Chorus! The level of talent in this organization is truly extraordinary and the prospect of making music with such an outstanding group of young musicians is very exciting. It promises to be an exciting year of making music and guiding these young ladies along their musical journey.” Mrs. Stephens added, “I am humbled to be a part of such an amazing organization such as Houston Girls Chorus. This can be described as nothing short of an opportunity of a lifetime. I can’t wait to get started making wonderful music with these talented ladies!”
The Houston Girls Chorus 2017-18 season includes its annual concert series, as well as return invitations for collaborative projects from Houston Ballet and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
About Amy Moore:
Amy Moore is in her 21st year of teaching and her sixteenth year as a middle school head director in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. She is in her fourth year as head director at Salyards Middle School in Cypress, Texas. Her choirs receive consistent awards including numerous UIL Sweepstakes and Best in Class recognitions at competitions throughout the state. In 2008, the Labay Middle School Tenor Bass choir, under Mrs. Moore’s direction, was selected as TMEA honor choir and performed at the 2009 TMEA convention.
Mrs. Moore graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She was selected as the Labay Middle School “Spotlight Teacher” in 2008 and (most recently) as the Salyards Middle School “Spotlight Teacher” for 2016. Mrs. Moore is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the state. She has served as guest lecturer at Texas Tech and Sam Houston State Universities, has presented professional workshops at state conventions, and has had multiple articles published in the TMEA professional magazine, “The Southwestern Musician”. She has served on faculty for the AFA’s Summer Music Festival for the past six years, was a member of the Prescribed Music List selection committee for UIL, and (most recently) has been selected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Music Education. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. Her professional affiliations include TSTA, TMEA, TCDA and TMAA. Originally from Levelland, Texas, she lives in Houston with her husband of nineteen years and their three incredibly handsome and talented sons.
About Stefanie Stephens:
Stefanie Stephens has recently completed her 11th year as the choir director at Cook Middle School where she directs the Advanced Girls Choir, Intermediate Girls Choir, 7th/8th Grade Boys Choir, and the Sixth Grade Girls & Boys Choirs. Her choirs have consistently received sweepstakes awards at U.I.L. Concert & Sight-reading Contests as well as festivals around the state. In 2014, her Advanced Girls Choir was a Mark of Excellence National Winner. Stefanie also accompanies for choirs at Region XXVII All-Region concerts and other groups throughout the Houston area. Stefanie graduated from the University of Houston with her Bachelors of Music in 2006. Her professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, and TMAA. In addition to teaching, Stefanie enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Clay, and 9-year-old daughter, Shelby.