James Scott‘s musical career embraces over four decades of accomplishments as a performing musician, a teacher, and an administrator. Scott earned degrees in both flute and piano from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory with a doctoral thesis in the area of music theory, dealing with structural aspects of pre-serial Schoenberg and their relationship to late Brahms works. He served for many years as a faculty member and head of the music program at Rutgers University. Scott later became associate dean for instruction and professor of flute at Indiana University, performing as principal flutist of the Indiana University Festival Orchestra with which he appeared as soloist in Lukas Foss’ Renaissance Concerto under the direction of the composer. He also served as Director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois before beginning his current work in 2001 as Dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. Teaching has remained central to his interests, and a number of his former students hold tenured and tenure-track positions in various universities. He continues to give master classes in this country and abroad. Other professional activities include his recent chairmanship of the Commission on Accreditation of the National Assn. of Schools of Music; and his presidency of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society; chairmanship of the College of Music Society Committee on Leadership and Administration; and membership on the boards of the Dallas Symphony. He is frequently asked to serve on evaluation teams for music programs in this country and abroad.
Principal Horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1976 to 2012, Gregory Hustis has been immersed in music his entire life. Both his mother and father were professional musicians, and after graduating from the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music, he began a career that has included being an orchestral player, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, recording artist, entrepreneur, and administrator. Hustis has performed all over the world, not only with the DSO, but at festivals in Canada, Sweden, South America, Latvia, Australia, and Japan. In the US he has been a featured performer at many festivals, including those in Sarasota, Aspen, Santa Fe, San Diego, Brevard, and Durango, Colorado, where he serves as Artistic Director of Music in the Mountains. Besides making countless orchestral, chamber music, and commercial recordings, he has premiered and subsequently recorded horn concertos by Joseph Schwantner, Simon Sargon, Eric Ewazen, and Augusta Read Thomas. He has served on numerous boards and was the co-founder of TrumCor, a company that manufactures and distributes mutes for brass instruments all over the world. Hustis has taught horn and chamber music for over 35 years at Southern Methodist University. He also presently serves as Director of both the Wind Ensemble and the University Orchestra at UTDallas.
Oneida Cramer received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Maryland, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical School, and worked in research in the field of Neuroendocrinology in Baltimore, Maryland and in Dallas, Texas until as assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical School she retired to raise a family in 1979. She returned to the work force pursuing research in 1991 and at the same time began to study writing as a graduate student at SMU. She worked as a contributing writer for People Newspapers from 1995 to 2003, during which time, she met and interviewed then artistic director Dorothea Kelley, for articles about the Dallas Chamber Music Society concert programs. She continued writing about and for the Dallas Chamber Music Society and joined the board in 2005. Soon after joining, she became the secretary. Because of her children’s participation in the New Conservatory of Dallas, she also volunteered and worked as Music Librarian, Special Projects Coordinator, and in 2005 became the Executive Coordinator until the New Conservatory of Dallas dissolved in 2014.
Recently retired, Chuck Moore served from 1995 to 2016 as Executive Director of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, a program encompassing 480 talented young musicians in 5 orchestras, a wind symphony, a flute choir and 6 jazz combos. During Mr. Moore’s tenure, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) added the Wind Symphony, the Sinfonietta, the Flute Choir, and the Jazz Program. In 20 years the total student enrollment in GDYO programs grew from 290 to an all-time high of 480, with over 800 students auditioning annually. The GDYO budget grew from $250,000 to $670,000 and to over $1 million in triennial tour years. In Mr. Moore’s 20 years at the GDYO, the top orchestra conducted by Richard Giangiulio performed 6 European Concert tours and 2 tours in China. In addition, the Wind Symphony toured China in 2008 and performed invitational concerts at the Texas Band Masters Convention in San Antonio in 2002 and 2013. The GDYO Flute Choir won performance invitations to National Flute Association Conventions in 2010, Anaheim and 2013, New Orleans. In addition to heading the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program, Moore has served on numerous boards. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and Perkins School of Theology, SMU.
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Dorothea Kelley (1906-2009)