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The music career of James A. Moore has spanned over 50 years with choral directing experiences on the junior high, high school, university, community and professional level. He began his first choral directing experience as a high school student leader of his school’s glee club and seventeen year old Director of Music in a Gainesville Baptist Church. His life has touched countless others through the experience of making music. Jim Moore loves music, but more importantly loves the art of making music together.

He received his Bachelor of Music Education from East Texas Baptist University and his Masters of Music from University of North Texas. He was Director of Choral Activities at East Texas Baptist University from 1977-1980 and 1994 to his retirement in 2009 and currently sits as Faculty Emeritus. Previously, he served as the choral director of Irving High School for a total of eighteen years and was the founding director of the Irving Chorale where he was the director from 1987-1996. Jim Moore served as Minister of Music in numerous churches every year of his life from the age of 17 to his retirement at the age of 74. Twenty-five of those years were here at First Baptist Church, Farmers Branch.

His professional activities include two terms as Vice-President of the Texas Choral Directors Association, Vocal Division Chair and President of the Texas Music Educators Association, President of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, National President of the American Choral Directors Association and Southwestern Division President of ACDA. He also served on the Board of Directors for the International Federation for Choral Music. Mr. Moore was presented the prestigious Texas Choirmaster Award by the Texas Choral Directors Association for unparalleled leadership in the choral field.

Choirs under his direction performed at conventions for TMEA, TCDA, the Texas Association of Music Schools, the Music Educators National Conference, the ACDA Southwestern Division Convention and the National ACDA Convention. He has conducted choirs on tours to Canada, England, Central Europe, Spain, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mainland China. In addition, he has presented choral workshops and lectures in Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Hong Kong and China and served as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota, and a recipient of the East Texas Baptist University Alumni Association J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award.

The experience of making music together is a powerful one and Jim Moore knows firsthand the difference it can make in the school, the church and the community. He believes in the change it can make in both the performer and the listener.

The hope for this concert series is to provide a venue for the school, community, non-professional and professional performer. We will strive to highlight arts groups within our community as well as quality performers from the surrounding areas.