Obituary: James Allen Moore

James Allen Moore, former director of choral activities at East Texas Baptist University, died Nov. 19. He was 80 years old.

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James Allen Moore, former director of choral activities at East Texas Baptist University, died Nov. 19. He was 80 years old. He was born to Glenn and Audra Moore on Nov. 26, 1938. He gained his first choral directing experience as a high school student leader of his school’s glee club and as 17-year-old director of music at a Baptist church in Gainesville. After he graduated from Gainesville High School, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Texas Baptist College. While working on his Master of Music degree at North Texas State University in Denton, he met Patsy Owens, whom he married on Oct. 12, 1963. They began their life together in Kansas at Fort Leavenworth, where he served four years active duty in the U.S. Army. His music career spanned more than 50 years, with choral teaching experiences in junior high, high school, university, community and professional organization settings. He was director of choral activities at East Texas Baptist University at his retirement and served as the choral director of Irving High School multiple years. He was the founding director of the Irving Chorale and served as minister of music in numerous churches every year of his life from age 17 to his retirement at age 74. His choirs performed at conventions at the state and national levels, and he conducted choir tours to Canada, England, Central Europe, Spain, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and China. He also presented choral worship and lectures in Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Hong Kong and China. He served in leadership positions with the Texas Music Educators Association, theTexas Music Adjudicators Association and the American Choral Directors Association, as well as on the board of directors of the International Federation for Choral Music. He received the Texas Choirmaster Award from the Texas Choral Directors Association for his leadership in the choral field and was the recipient of the ETBU Alumni Association J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife, Pat Moore of Farmers Branch;  daughters, Kelly Pfaffenberger and husband John of Farmers Branch and Kerri Hoang and husband Scott of Coppell; four grandchildren; and a brother Glenn Moore.


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