Featured Artists

MARY CARMEN HINES, soprano, makes her Houston Masterworks Chorus debut as the soloist for Mozart's Requiem. A native of Livingston, Texas, Ms. Hines received degrees in music from Sam Houston State University. She has been a part of Seagle Opera Colony in New York and Inspiration Point Opera in Arkansas. She was most recently seen in the role of Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffman, as well as Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Hines performs frequently as a soloist for oratorios, chamber works, and recitals. She was the soloist for the World Premiere of William Kraft's Contextures II: The Final Beast with the New Ear Chamber Orchestra in Kansas City, Missouri. Ms. Hines is currently a member of the University of Houston opera program and studies voice with Inci Bashar at University of Missouri - Kansas City. She is on the voice faculty at San Jacinto College South.

ROBYN RESO, mezzo-soprano and New Orleans native, has performed extensively as a concert artist and recitalist and is also a specialist in early music performance. She has been heard as a soloist with such groups as I Cantori di New York, the Pro Arte Chorale of New York, Connecticut Pro Musica, the Bach Society of St. Louis, St. Louis Early Music Ensemble, American Kantorei (St. Louis), Masterworks Chorale (Illinois), St. Louis Chamber Choir, and Houston's J. S. Bach Society. Recently she gave a recital of English Lute Songs for the Society for 17th Century Music and a recital of French M,lodie for the Queens, New York, Opera Competition. She is now a doctoral candidate in voice and teaching fellow at the University of Houston.

KIRBY TRAYLOR, tenor, currently pursues his career as a concert soloist while making Houston his professional base. He has been a featured artist with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has performed as a soloist with members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Symphony in Ohio, the Texas Baroque Ensemble, and the Greensville Symphony in North Carolina. Some of Mr. Traylor's past accomplishments have been his selection as a fellow of the Bach Aria Group Festival in New York, as well as having been selected to participate in the Cleveland Art Song Festival with baritone Benjamin Luxon and the late soprano Arleen Auger.

Recent engagements have included solo appearances in the Mass in C Minor by Mozart with the St. Paul's Chamber Music Society of Houston, recitals and voice master classes at universities in Texas and California, and solo appearances with the Garrett Lakes Music Festival in Maryland. Upcoming engagements include a recital in Minneapolis and a performance of Beethoven's Mass in C Major in the San Francisco area.

Mr. Traylor holds his degrees in music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He has also attended the Mozarteum Academy of Music in Salzburg, Austria, where he extensively studied lieder of the 18th through 20th centuries.

MICHAEL TUNEBERG, bass, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and worked on his Masters degree at Loyola University in New Orleans. While attending Loyola, Mr. Tuneberg performed major roles in both opera and oratorio. His opera experiences encompass a variety of characters ranging from Dr. Bartolo in Mozart's La Nozze di Figaro to John Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible. Oratorio performances include the Charpentier Midnight Mass, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, the Faur, Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and the Mozart Requiem. Mr. Tuneberg has also been a first-round winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions.

Mr. Tuneberg resides in League City with his wife Joy and is employed with the Clear Creek ISD as the Assistant Choir Director at League City Intermediate School. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Music at Bay Harbour United Methodist Church in League City, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Conference Choir Clinic.

BETSY COOK WEBER is making her professional debut as guest conductor of the Houston Masterworks Chorus. Dr. Weber is the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Houston and Associate Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University, a Master's in Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Houston. Her conducting teachers include Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt and Dr. Charles Hausmann. Equally important are the music teachers she encountered while growing up in Houston: Hester Cronquist, Jean Galloway and Gary Patterson.

Dr. Weber was a postgraduate Music Fellow at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and participated in the American Choral Studies Seminar in Cambridge, England. She has served as staff accompanist at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, and as accompanist for the Westminster Choir College Symphonic Choir, playing for Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim among others. In her position with the Houston Symphony, she has helped prepare choral programs for Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Shaw, Mitch Miller, Robert Page, Stephen Stein and many others.

Dr. Weber taught vocal music in Spring Branch I.S.D. for thirteen years. She was one of the founding directors of the all-district Spring Branch Boys' Choir and also directed the Spring Branch Girls' Choir. She is active as a clinician and adjudicator of children's and youth choirs.

Her edition of Michael Haydn's Litanie della Madonna for treble voices was recently published by Alliance Music Company. She has been included in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and is a member of the American Choral Directors' Association, the Texas Choral Directors' Association, the Texas Music Educators' Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Dr. Weber's husband, Rick, is a partner with the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski, L.L.P. They are the proud parents of a seven-year-old daughter, Emily.

ROBERT BREWER was appointed as Interim Music Director for the Houston Masterworks Chorus in 1994, having been Associate Director and accompanist since 1988 and Director of the HMC Chamber Choir since its formation in 1993. He holds the degree of Master of Music in Organ Performance from Indiana University . He has served as Artistic Director of the Concert Chorale of Houston and also as a Guest Conductor of the Houston Bach Choir.

Mr. Brewer has been organist/choirmaster of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston since 1980. In 1985 the choir toured Germany, with tours of England following in 1986, 1989 and 1992. In 1992 the choir performed a one-week residency in Westminster Abbey, where Mr. Brewer also performed organ recitals as a part of the Abbey's Sunday Afternoon Organ Recital Series. He also prepared the choir for performances with the Houston Ballet of Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe and the Poulenc Gloria. Among other activities, he is much in demand as a vocal coach, clinician, accompanist, chamber musician and keyboard soloist.

Houston Masterworks Chorus

HOUSTON MASTERWORKS CHORUS celebrates its tenth year of performing choral masterpieces for Houston audiences. It was founded in 1986 as the Houston Oratorio Society by Ara Carapetyan as a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the performance of great choral music. HMC is Houston's largest independent chorus with 140 skilled singers from all walks of life and all parts of Houston's diverse community. The chorus is selected by audition and offers performances which cover the entire range of the choral repertoire from classical to contemporary. The 1995-96 season consists of six performances and an extensive outreach program directed toward individuals of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Houston Choral Festival, established in 1995, is a choral camp for high school singers presented annually in cooperation with the University of Houston School of Music. The outreach program is designed to introduce and teach choral music and to develop both future performers and appreciative audiences.

The presence of this ensemble places Houston among an elite group of cities having a recognized company in every discipline of the performing arts--including choral music. The chorus has been featured on National Public Radio and was selected to open The First Art, a choral music radio series broadcast by over 200 stations nationwide. The chorus performed the Southwest premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem and Dominick Argento's Jonah and the Whale. The HMC Chamber Choir was formed in 1993 to broaden and enhance the musical possibilities of the chorus. Following Mr. Carapetyan's retirement, the artistic quality continues to grow under the leadership of Robert Brewer, one of the most talented and dynamic young choral directors in this country.



Andrea Bahr
Betty Ann Bough
Nancy Bryan
Diana Candida
Martha Carey
Jacqueline Clark
Barbara Clinton
Maya Colakovic
Lynn Cooper *
Mimi Cotellesse
Nancy Curry
Ruth Denley
Jan Eimstad
Pat Emerson
Laura Fulton
Susan Gayle
Catherine Gentry
Marta-Marie Giles
Velma Gleason
Rebecca Grimes *
Diane Herring
Sherry Howard
Stephanie Jennings
Lori Jones
Jean Kilborn
Carole Kloves
Dru Lundquist
Christine Lyons
Christine Manca
Dorothy Maxie
Deborah McArthur
Linda Molten
Stephanie Monachino
Julie Neuharth
Sue Noel
Christine Olah
Carol Ostlind
Ann Petty *
Patti Pierce
Liz Putnam
Sylvia Rachford
Wick Rowland
Meryl Sharp
Lana Spencer
Nancy Stout
Barbara Talley *
Madeline Tom
Dawn Uebelhart *
Cathy Valby
Carrie Watson
Gretchen E. Weis
Kijana Wiseman
Barbara Young *
Kay Young


Mary Alderson
Terri Anderson
Tracey Aycock *
Adrian Balch
Margaret Bray
Allison Burge
Marilyn Clifford
Rochella Cooper
Rena D'Souza
Elisabeth Fidler *
Laura Groce
Peggy Hanson
Denna Hardin *
Linda Herron
Linda Herson
Fran Knight
Nancy McCann *
Tonya McCary
Judy McEnany *
Sharon McGaughey *
Rosa Mondragon
Lynne Moneypenny
Catherine Nguyen
Carol Ogle *
Christine Pardilla
Patricia Phalen
Diane Ragan
Diana Rollo
Susie Schmiege
Valerie Serice
Kristen Sheils
Patsy Wilson
Wendy Winegar
Iris Wortham


Art Allen
Ed Benyon
Kevin Carpenter *
Bill Chambles *
Phil Crichton
Jerry Dodson
Mike Evans
Robert Forker Jr. *
John Grady
Stacy Jenkins *
Bob Jones *
Keith Jones
John Meehan
John Meurling
Lee Murray
Christopher Ortiz *
David L. Paxton
James R. Pittman
Henry Rachford
Bev Raney
Kenneth Ray
David Sanders *
Baldwin Tom
Frank Varro


David Agee
Larry Bell *
Eldo Bergman
Ron Best
Jerome Bourgeois
Wayne Boyd
John Capshaw
Ephron Catlin
Ian Charter *
Daniel Cleveland
Jeff Fadell
David M. Fox
Ian Fetterley
Gary Gardner
C. Robert Hoop *
David Hudson
Wayne J. Jespersen
Dick Lawson
Rich McKinney
Brian Moffatt
Jay Olah
Scott O'Neal *
Rick Pollard
Ed Ross
Daniel Ruhl
Doug Sander
Pat Simmons
Hunter Stuart
George Tatum
David Templeton *
Friederich Teuscher
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