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2019 TEXOMA Regional Conference

2019 TEXOMA Regional Conference (past event)

September 20-21 at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)

On Friday and Saturday, September 20-21 the TEXOMA Region of NOA will hold its first regional conference at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Conference session topics will range from those of interest for seasoned opera directors, singers and pianists, to sessions that are considered “student-friendly”. The conference will also feature an opportunity for participation in a Lightning Session. An individual Lightning Presentation is 8 minutes long and there will be five grouped together on one session. The topic for this year’s Lightning Session will be “Creative Solutions in Educational Opera Theater.”  In addition to sessions scheduled throughout the day, Director Hank Hammett and Coach/Pianist Kristin Roach will serve as clinicians and artists-in-residence for the day’s opera scenes showcase, in which students will be have the opportunity to coach a prepared Mozart opera scene which will be presented in a culminating scenes concert on Saturday.   Tables will also be available at the conference for those who want to feature recruitment materials for specific collegiate or summer artist programs in opera and voice.

View the Conference Schedule

Dear NOA Colleagues:

Barbara Hill-Moore
Barbara Hill-Moore

On behalf of the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University (SMU) I am pleased to extend a very warm welcome to the First TEXOMA (Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico) Regional Conference of the National Opera Association.  The Division of Music is pleased to host this meeting of seasoned opera directors, singers, coaches, accompanists, opera educators and opera enthusiasts to “student friendly sessions” on the subject of:

Bringing NEW Life to Mozart Recitatives, Arias and Ensembles

We welcome you, your students and your guests to experience sessions throughout the day with Guest Clinicians and Artists in Residence for the Conference, Hank Hammett, Director of the SMU Meadows Opera Theater and Kristin Roach, Coach/Pianist and Music Director of the Alamo City Opera and Spotlight on Opera and Lecturer in Opera at Texas State University.  These distinguished opera educators will provide opportunities for registered students to be coached and staged in Master Classes of Mozart opera scenes that will be presented in a short program of culminating scenes that will conclude the Conference on Saturday evening.  The Conference will open with a welcome reception and Semi-Staged Concert of Opera Duet Scenes.  Registrants will also be invited to participate in 8-minute long “Lightning Sessions” of five presenters on careers in opera, opera production and/or opera performance related topics. 

The operas of Mozart, and I, invite your presence on the campus of Southern Methodist University on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2019.

Warm greetings,
Barbara Hill Moore
Meadows Distinguished Professor of Voice
TEXOMA Regional Governor


Registration for this conference is just $50 for NOA members, $60 for non-members, and $15 for students.  Registration page and a complete schedule will be forthcoming.

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Questions can be directed to:
Professor Barbara Hill-Moore, NOA TEXOMA Regional Governor and Conference host:

Hank Hammett
Hank Hammett

Featured Clinicians

Baritone HANK HAMMETT is an artist teacher, award-winning director and acting coach who has trained singing actors in the organic fields of music, voice, theatre arts, acting technique and strategic performance skills for over three decades.  Hammett has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television and film, and continues to work at the world’s most prestigious opera houses and festivals, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Le Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam), Opéra de Montréal, ABAO Bilbao Opera, Concert Royal, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Glimmerglass Festival, The Dallas Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Portland Opera and Boston Lyric Opera.  As a singer, he is the winner of numerous awards including First Place in the Liederkranz Competition in New York and the Grand Prix winner of the Concours International d’Oratorio et de Lied in France.  A native of Dallas, Hammett is Director of Lyric Theatre at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and the director of The Dallas Opera’s touring productions of Bastien and Bastienne, Pépito and Doctor Miracle

Kristin Roach
Kristin Roach

A native of San Antonio, KRISTIN ROACH is in demand across the nation as a pianist, organist, vocal coach, and conductor.  In performances that encompass twenty states, Canada, Japan, and the former Soviet Union, she has collaborated with many of the world’s finest artists including Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Jerry Hadley, and Rosalind Elias.  She has prepared productions for the San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Brevard Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Institute, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Texas Tech University, and Texas Lutheran University.  Conducting credits include La Boheme, Liszt’s Christus, and the Artpace choral world premier of Gold Space City of God.  She is currently the Music Director of Opera Piccola of San Antonio and on the opera faculty at Texas State University.

Reviews of Kristin’s performances with South Texas musicians include phrases like “revelatory” and “infectious high-spirits.”  She has appeared as piano soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Antonio Wind Symphony, and Eastman Philharmonia, and as chamber musician with Camerata San Antonio, Chamber Music Amarillo, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings, and Cactus Pear Music Festival.  She has toured Europe with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, performing on the historic organs of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Church of the Madeleine, Ely Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and York University.  Her recordings include the Trinity Jazz Project, a self-produced collection of her original arrangements of hymn tunes, and classical works with the New World Symphony for Decca Records and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble for Sony Classical Records.  Her recording of chamber works by Miguel del Aguila with Camerata San Antonio, Salon Buenos Aires, has been nominated for two Latin Grammy® awards.

Ms. Roach maintains a private coaching studio, whose members include performers with numerous opera companies and apprentice programs, university faculty and students, chamber music groups, and church musicians.  She received her education at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music (Piano), a Performer’s Certificate in Piano, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance/Literature and Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music.

Featured Recitalists

Soprano Bronwen Forbay, Baritone Christian Bester, and pianist Sharon Lavery will present a recital on Friday evening, September 20th. See the recital program here.

Bronwen Forbay
Bronwen Forbay

Christian Bester
Christian Bester


Owen Fine Art Center
Southern Methodist University
6101 Bishop Boulevard

The Meadows School of the Arts is a unit of Southern Methodist University, located in Dallas, TX, with easy access to and from Dallas/Fort Worth airport (DFW).

Conference Parking Information and Link to Campus Map

The NOA/TEXOMA Conference will be held in the Music Building of the Owen Fine Art Center on the SMU Campus, located at 6101 Bishop Boulevard.  Visitor parking is available in the SMU Meadows Museum located one block from the Owen Fine Art Center at 5900 Bishop Boulevard.

You may consult the SMU campus map and the SMU parking guide.

Hotel information

For overnight accommodations we recommend the following hotels:

Magnolia Hotel/Dallas Park Cities
6070 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
TEL: (214) 750 6060

Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton
5300 E Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas, 75206
TEL: (214) 520 7969

The Hilton Dallas/Park Cities
5954 Luther Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
214 368 0400

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel – Dallas Campbell Centre
8250 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX  75206
(214) 691 8700

Hyatt House™ Dallas/Lincoln Park (*Rooms available for September 21 only)
8221 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX  75225
(214) 696 1555

The Lumen
6101 Hillcrest Avenue
Dallas, TX  75205
(214) 219 2400


Meadows School of the Arts
Meadows School of the Arts

O’Donnell Recital Hall
O’Donnell Recital Hall