The Moseley Memorial Music Series is an outreach from St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church to our community, remembering our first Organist and Choirmaster, John Moseley. We hope to enrich the cultural experiences of our community and to support local musicians and embryonic musical ensembles, as well as established professional musicians, at affordable prices. From time to time, we will showcase the talents of our resident Church and School musicians.
The Concert Season
As a result of the extensive damage to our campus caused by hurricane Harvey in 2017, the Moseley Memorial Music Series is currently suspended. We anticipate repair and renovation of our primary space, our church building will be completed by summer 2019.
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We welcome financial support of our music programs. You may donate securely online here (please be sure to designate your donation to the Moseley Music Fund) or by check to: St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church Moseley Music Fund, 4900 Jackwood St, Houston, TX 77096.
About John Moseley
John William Moseley came to St. Thomas’ in 1956 as its first Organist and Choirmaster. He believed passionately that music can inspire, uplift and teach. He played the organ for three services every Sunday, organized and led adult and children’s choirs and taught voice and piano and organ to a couple of generations of children. In the early days of St. Thomas’ Scottish Arts program, he taught himself the art of Scottish dancing and to play the bagpipes so that he could teach others. A number of his students, inspired by his teaching, have had distinguished careers themselves in music.
Anne Walters Robertson, the Claire Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, remembers:
John had a wonderfully eclectic sense of music. At the end of choir rehearsals filled with canticles, hymns and anthems, he might suddenly start playing the opening of “I Whistle a Happy Tune” from The King and I, or “You’re the Top” from Anything Goes. We all eagerly joined in, singing at the tops of our lungs. In the days before electronic media made downloading music easy, he used to record reel-to-reel tapes of his favorite music for people. He once gave me a tape that had the cowboy traditional “Git Along Little Dogies” right next to Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.
He was a curious man and had lots of interests: needlepoint, cooking (I have his recipe card file from the final sale of some of his things) and harp playing, among many others.
Born in Central City, Kentucky, the son of a mortician, he moved with his family to Denver, Colorado when a teenager (a gifted raconteur, he told many a tale of the Colorado silver towns and of growing up in a small-town mortuary). He graduated from the University of Denver and from the Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music. John Moseley died in 1996.