Meet Dr. Wes C. Moore

Dean, College of Fine Arts
Assistant Professor of Voice
Chair, Department of Music

Wes Moore
(214) 333-5331

Educational Background

  • B.M., Oklahoma Baptist University
  • M.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • D.M.A., University of North Texas

Dr. Wes C. Moore's Background

Dr. Wes Moore, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, has received critical acclaim as a performer in opera and oratorio, as well as for many concert appearances throughout the United States. Dr. Moore has performed with the symphony orchestras of Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Naples, Florida, Fort Worth, Lewisville, Northeast Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, Fort Worth Early Music, and the Texas Camerata. He has performed many of the major baritone oratorio roles such as Elijah, Haydn's Creation and Missa BrevisEin Deutsches Requiem, the requiems of Mozart, Faure, and Dvorak, Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Schubert's Mass in C, Stravinsky's Mass, Rossini's Stabat Mater, and Vaughn Williams' Hodie and In Terra Pax. He has also been a soloist in many of the cantatas of J.S. Bach, as well as Bach's Christmas Oratorio and St. Matthew Passion.

He has sung roles with the Fort Worth Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Regal Opera, Arlington Opera, Orange Coast Lyric Opera, Texas Gilbert & Sullivan Company, and the Chinese American Opera Theatre of Dallas. Stage credits include Germont in La Traviata, Peter in Hansel & Gretel, Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Yakuside in Madama Butterfly, Horace Tabor in the Ballad of Baby Doe, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Giuseppi in The Gondoliers, Strephon in Iolanthe, and Ruthven Murgatroyd in Ruddigore.

An interest in song literature has led Dr. Moore into the performance of a large body of German lieder, as well as 20th-century American art song. He has recently premiered several new works including John Dribus's Life Cycle and Camilo Salazar's En Joselito. He is a frequent lecture/recitalist at universities, community concert series, and churches where he has presented programs on modernism and postmodernism in the performance practice of art song, as well as given master classes in both solo and choral singing techniques. His students, in addition to being cast in professional opera and musical theater roles, are pursuing or have completed graduate studies in voice at such places as the Manhattan School of Music, University of Southern California, Southern Methodist University, University of Oklahoma, and Boston Conservatory, Dr. Moore is active with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) where he served on the Committee on Ethics, and is an on-site visitor where he has made numerous visits to colleges and universities around the nation. He is currently on the board of Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS) where he is serving as Director of 4-Year Private Institutions.

At DBU, in addition to his administrative duties, he teaches private voice and advises the undergraduate vocal performance majors. He holds voice degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Seminary, as well as the D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas. He has done additional study at Oklahoma State University and Yale University. Memberships include the National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, and Phi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Moore's teachers and coaches include Jack Pearson, Frank Stovall, Joan Wall, Edward Baird, and Harold Heiberg.