Fred Moore

Born:                 June 19, 1940
Died:                 May 16, 2012

Turtle Years:   August 1984 – May 2012
Section:            Bass

A Turtle’s Tribute:

Fred joined the Turtle Creek Chorale in 1984 after moving to Dallas and being introduced to the choir by a friend he was living with at the time. There was also a TCC booth set up for the Springtime Cedar Springs Street Fair where he picked up information and met some of the members. He says he called TCC Artistic Director, Michael Crawford, and set up and appointment to audition. “I love music and singing and I wanted to share these experiences with this new choir. I went for the audition and the rest is history.” Fred added, “I was also the announcer at my first concert: Tux Deluxe!”

When asked about his special memories of the chorale he says there are so many wonderful memories. “The two events that stand out for me are the GALA trip to Tampa Bay and the first European Trip.” In addition to these, if he could re-experience any moment with TCC it would be the “After Goodbye Concert” with the LA Chorus.

Fred grew up and attended high school in his hometown, Guilford, Connecticut. After graduating, he studied at Southern Connecticut State University and earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. He continued his graduate studies at Ohio State University where he earned a Masters Degree in Science and Botany and a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts. Fred remarked, “I wanted to teach school and I had a great interest in Science, especially plants. I taught Pre-School Children for 15 years. In fact, at the time, I was one of the first male pre-school teachers in America. I directed and co-directed two Head-Start Programs. I also became involved with Theater and Music – acting in theatre and singing in the Glee Club at school. I have sung opera with the Dallas Opera, the New York Met, the Tulsa Opera, San Francisco and the Deutche Opera in Berlin Germany.”

Fred has a large and caring family: A daughter who is a teacher and lives in Florida, seven brothers, a sister, and his life-partner, Daniel. Fred and Dan say they are lucky to shared their home with three dogs and a cat. He and Daniel had been together 37 years meeting at a small bar and club outside the campus of U. Mass in Amherst 37 years ago.

When not singing Fred says he loved doing crossword and number puzzles and working the Sudoku puzzle in the newspaper. “Two of my favorite things to do used to be macramé and cooking.” For several years, Fred had been challenged with complications resulting from advance adult-onset Diabetes. Fred always had an excellent outlook on life and he attributes this to his partner, Dan, and the Turtle Creek Chorale. He had never missed a TCC concert performance except when there was no other way to avoid it.

He was known for his ability to sing lower than any other member of the Chorale, his affable personality, and his longevity in the ensemble. It was no secret Fred’s health has been a constant struggle. In many ways, Fred was the Turtle Creek Chorale. He was passionate, talented and welcoming to all.”

Fred was an institution in our TCC family and we are so fortunate that he shared his talent with us. Fred was asked in 2011 if he would like to share some of his thoughts and words of wisdom. He says to everyone: “Participate in the Chorale in every way you possibly can; try and enjoy everything you do with the Chorale.”

Through the years, the members of the TCC have suffered losses far beyond what most groups experience. Beyond the ravages of HIV, other issues beset the members. Fred Moore has been a singing member of the TCC for 20 years. His health problems have taken both of his legs, and yet he has only missed a handful of concerts in all that time. When he does miss one, the audience members certainly notice, as does Tim. Fred IS the low bass section.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: 

1. TCC Featured Member – April 2004 

Fred Moore has been in the Chorale for twenty years. As one of our more ‘senior’ members, this month we share a bit of the Chorale’s history, which Fred has been a part of creating. In fact, Fred is in the esteemed category of “Life Member,” an honor bestowed upon Fred in June 2002 at the Annual Awards Banquet.

Fred moved to Dallas from Massachusetts in December 1983 and he joined the Chorale in August 1984. Fred had heard the Chorale sing that spring and since he liked to sing he decided to look into becoming a member. The fact that it was an all male group was even better! So at “Razzle-Dazzle” that year the Chorale had a booth and Fred got all the information he needed and auditioned that August.

When Fred was in college at Ohio State University, he belonged to the Men’s Glee Club which sang all over the country. In fact, Fred was the group’s Tour Arranger for one year. Not long after he joined the Chorale, since he enjoys singing so much, he took private voice lessons for the first time and studied with Marilyn Walker at the University of Dallas. This provided Fred some extraordinary opportunities. It was Marilyn who got him involved with Opera performances all over the world.

This association led him to singing with The Tulsa Opera Company (Porgy and Bess), The Deutsche Opera in Berlin, Germany (Porgy and Bess), The New York Metropolitan Opera (Magic Flute and Parsifal), The San Diego Opera (Don Giovanni) and numerous operas with The Dallas Opera Company and The Deep Ellum Opera (The Mikado and Amahl and the Night Visitors).

Fred continued these external performances for a number of years until a medical issue arose. He shares the personal nature of what took place, saying: “Unfortunately I have been unable to continue pursuing this part of my career since I under went a leg amputation in 1997.” However, this has not prevented Fred from continuing to sing with the Chorale. He is also very much involved with his church Casa View United Methodist, singing in the choir, soloing, preaching and serving on several committees.

After twenty years there are so many memorable events for Fred. The Concert in Prague on the Chorales’ European Tour in 1995 was a major highlight; Fred has attended ALL of the GALA Festivals; and for the “Tux Deluxe Concert,” which was Fred’s debut, he was the Chorale spokesman. He also treasures both of the Chorale’s appearances at Carnegie Hall. Fred tells us “There are so many other events I could mention; the fact is the Twenty years I have been a member have been extremely memorable!”

The one thing he would say to new members is, “stick with it no matter how discouraged you may become or how much you may dislike the music for a certain concert. I find that there are always one or two pieces that ‘GRAB ME’ and it makes up for what I do not like. The truth is a lot of the pieces I don’t like when we begin rehearsing them; I wind up loving them by the performances, so keep that in mind! Also, try hard to get to know the members, especially those in your section.”

When Fred is not singing or working with his church, he likes doing Crossword Puzzles, Cooking Gourmet foods, and taking care of his significant other, Daniel, of twenty-nine years. They also have three dogs and two cats. Fred met Daniel 29 years ago on April 3rd. Daniel has been involved with the Chorale over the years, too. He played guitar for our Folk Song Concert and he was involved with the Chorale’s “Others Club” before it became known as “The Associates.” Daniel has become like a second father to Fred’s daughter, Dawn, who is also an important part of their life. “Unfortunately she does not live close enough for us to get together as much as we want,” Fred says. “In fact, all of my family is important to me. I have eight brothers and one sister along with a number of nieces and nephews, who are spread out all over the country. Whenever the Chorale is singing in a venue close to them they all try to make the concert.”

Fred has a deep, rich and wonderful Bass voice that has not only been a blessing for the Chorale, but some of these aforementioned organizations who were able to ‘borrow’ his talents from his true “home base” of the Turtle Creek Chorale.

2. Fred Moore — April 2011– Featured member 

Fred joined the Turtle Creek Chorale in 1984 after moving to Dallas and being introduced to the choir by a friend he was living with at the time. There was also a TCC booth set up for the Springtime Cedar Springs Street Fair where he picked up information and met some of the members. He says he called TCC Artistic Director, Michael Crawford, and set up and appointment to audition. “I love music and singing and I wanted to share these experiences with this new choir. I went for the audition and the rest is history.” Fred added, “I was also the announcer at my first concert: Tux Deluxe!”

When asked about his special memories of the chorale he says there are so many wonderful memories. “The two events that stand out for me are the GALA trip to Tampa Bay and the first European Trip.” In addition to these, if he could re-live any moment with TCC it would be the “After Goodbye Concert” with the LA Chorus.

Fred grew up and attended high school in his hometown, Guilford, Connecticut. After graduating, he studied at Southern Connecticut State University and earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. He continued his graduate studies at Ohio State University where he earned a Masters Degree in Science and Botany and a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts. Fred remarked, “I wanted to teach school and I had a great interest in Science, especially plants. I taught Pre-School Children for 15 years. In fact, at the time, I was one of the first male pre-school teachers in America. I directed and co-directed two Head-Start Programs. I also became involved with Theater and Music – acting in theatre and singing in the Glee Club at school. I have sung opera with the Dallas Opera, the New York Met, the Tulsa Opera, San Francisco and the Deutche Opera in Berlin Germany.”

Fred has a large and caring family: A daughter who is a teacher and lives in Florida, seven brothers, a sister, and his life-partner, Daniel. Fred and Dan say they are lucky to share their home with three dogs and a cat. He and Daniel have been together 37 years meeting at a small bar and club outside the campus of U. Mass in Amherst 37 years ago.

When not singing Fred says he loves doing crossword and number puzzles and working the Sudoku puzzle in the newspaper. “Two of my favorite things to do used to be macramé and cooking but I haven’t been able to manage those tasks any more since I lost dexterity in one of my hands.” For several years, Fred has been challenged with complications resulting from advance adult-onset Diabetes. However, he has an excellent outlook on life and he attributes this to his partner, Dan, and the Turtle Creek Chorale. He has never missed a TCC concert performance except when there was no other way to avoid it.

As Dr. Jonathan Palant, TCC Artistic Director says, “Fred is a Turtle Institution. He’s known for his ability to sing lower than any other member of the Chorale, his affable personality, and his longevity in the ensemble. It is no secret Fred’s health has been a constant struggle. One of the first times I met Fred was in the hospital! I remember speaking with him about his partner, Dan, and how they first met. It was just a few hours after surgery, and Fred was telling jokes and being the man we all love. In many ways, Fred is the Turtle Creek Chorale. He’s passionate, talented and welcoming to all.”

Fred is an institution in our TCC family and we are so fortunate that he shares his talent with us. In closing Fred was asked if he would like to share some of his thoughts and words of wisdom. He says to everyone: “Participate in the Chorale in every way you possibly can; try and enjoy everything you do with the Chorale.”

A Turtle’s History

FIRST PERFORMANCE: Tux Delux, October 1984

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Terrapin, inaugural group (Aug. 2007)

COMMITTEES: 23rd, 24th & 25th Seasons – Travel Committee

ENSEMBLES: 23rd thru 26th seasons – member of small group “Chamber Chorus”

FEATURED PERFORMANCES:

BRAVO! – August 1985 – sang “O Fillii et Filiae”, “Holy” and “Echo Song” with Turtle Creek Jazz

INTERMEZZO – March 1986 – sang “Georgia On My Mind” as part of Turtle Creek Jazz

POPS ’86 – June 1986 – sang “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” with the Watchdog Octet and sang “Sincerely” with the Turtle Creek Jazz

TURTLE CREEK IN CONCERT – October 1986 – sang “Set Down Servant” as a Duet

POPS ’87 – June 1987 – sang “Audrey II” from Little House of Horrors

HELLO DALLAS – October 1987 – sang “Deep River” as a solo

SPOTLIGHT ’88 – August 1988 – sang “Gee, But It’s Great To Be Here”, “A Tribute to George & Ira Gershwin”, “On Broadway”, “Music Hall”, “Return of the Flower Children” & “Finale Medley” as part of the Cast

FROM THE HEART – May 1990 – sang “Steal Away” as a solo

A NIGHT ON BROADWAY – June 1991 – sang “Old Man River” from Showboat as a solo

THE WIZARD OF OZ – October 1993 – played the Munchkin City Father No. 2

THE WIZARD OF OZ – March 1997 – played the Munchkin City Father No. 2

TONY! – June 1998 – sang “Old Man River” as an Incredible Tony Loser

A NEW DAY – December 1999 – played a Pretty Dolly

FRIENDS WITH DANNY WRIGHT – February 2003 – As a member of Chamber Chorus, sang “Aria In Classic Style”; sang back-up to Reed Hoke’s solo of “In Time We Met” from Phantom Immortal; sang back-up to Richard York’s solo of “Do You Live? Do You Love?” and sang back-up to Sam Bass’ solo of “You Move In Beauty”

TWO WORLDS CD – sang as part of a back-up group to Tim Seelig’s solos on the CD

CELESTIAL CD – Sang “The Us of Me” with Chamber Chorus – recorded June 2003

PORGY AND BESS – February 2004 – Accompanied The Schollmaier Artist Certificate Scholars and Friends in Concert as a member of the Chamber Chorus

CLASSICAL SERENADE – March 2004 – sang “Standchen (Serenade)” as a member of Chamber Chorus

JOURNEY CD – June 2004 – sang “The Circles of Our Lives”, “The Vagabond” and “A Choral Fanfare” as a member of Chamber Chorus

SERENADE CD – May 2007 – Sang with other TCC members in the recording session for the Serenade CD at the Meyerson in January 2007

OTHER NOTES:

He and other Turtle Creek Chorale members joined with members from the Fort Worth Men’s Chorus, White Rock Community Church Choir, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, the Community at-large and the Black Tie Dinner Orchestra to perform at the 22nd annual Black Tie Dinner held on November 8, 2003 in the Wyndham Anatole Trinity Ballroom in Dallas. They performed the “Opening – The Evolution of a Dream” and “The Black Tie Anthem World Premiere”

SPECIAL NOTES:

1. 24th Season – Awarded his 20 Years of Membership pin

2. TCC LIFE MEMBER

3. Received the first “Heart of The Chorale” award in June 2005

4. TAKEN FROM THE TURTLE CREEK CHORALE’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK ENTITLED “BREATHE”

5. TCC Featured member April 2011

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