UH Moment

UH Moment: “Texas Music Festival”

The annual Texas Music Festival, which entertains thousands of music lovers every summer, is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.  Listen to this week’s UH Moment.


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The music has played for 20 years.  Immanuel and Helen Olshan began the Texas Music Festival (TMF) at the Moores School of Music to give promising young musicians a challenging environment to audition, hone their craft and perform with professional musicians, teachers and conductors. They envisioned a festival similar to ones they attended in Aspen, Colorado or Tanglewood estate in Lenox, Mass. 

Conductor at the stand“Students perform a different orchestra program every week,” said Alan Austin, director of the Texas Music Festival.  “They study chamber music with their fellow musicians.  They are coached and taught in private lessons by our faculty members who also perform, setting an example for the students.”

Austin, who was a student musician in the inaugural TMF, adds the festival has made Houston a musical destination.  Each festival features more than 30 performances in many venues, including UH Moores School of Music. 

The TMF attracts students from Houston and around the world, along with professional musicians and conductors.  This year’s festival features composer Christopher Theofanidis, alum of the Moores School of Music.  He will premier his composition “Symphony for Orchestra,” which was commissioned by the TMF, the Atlanta Symphony and the Savannah Music Festival

French Horn section“It’s my hope that we continue training the great, young musicians of today to be the great musicians of tomorrow,” Austin said. 

The Texas Music Festival is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston.  I’m Marisa Ramirez. 

Telling the stories of the University of Houston, this UH Moment is brought to you by KUHF, listener supported radio from the University of Houston.

Clips of previous performances are available here.