UTSA Spotlight: Amber Moon honored by Texas Music Coalition
By Hector Benavides
Student Writer, College of Public Policy
(July 22, 2005)--UTSA senior Amber Moon recently placed second in competition for the Texas Music Coalition (TMC) Jack Skills Music Studies Scholarship. As runner-up, Moon was awarded a certificate acknowledging her achievements and a one-year TMC membership at the sixth annual Music Industry Meet and Greet ceremony on June 26.
A vocal music education and performance major trained in piano, violin and voice, Moon has received several honors while at UTSA. She won first place at the South Texas National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, was named to the Dean's List and was voted by the music department to be a Presser Scholar in recognition of her musical and academic accomplishments.
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Additionally, she has been a member of the UTSA Jazz Choir, performed as a soloist with the UTSA concert choirs and at graduation ceremonies, and was recently selected as one of the UTSA Madrigal Singers.
Moon plans to teach in public schools, give voice lessons while pursuing a doctoral degree and eventually to teach on the college level. Additionally, she will work in her church's music department.
"Music gives me indescribable joy and a creative outlet for countless types of expression," said Moon. "It is my dream to share this joy with others and to inspire success in generations to come."
The TMC Jack Skiles Music Studies Scholarship honors the late Jack Skiles. Skiles is known for writing the "You Can Afford a Ford" advertising jingle and as a guitar instructor who for many years helped showcase local talent.
Founded in 1998, TMC is a nonprofit organization that educates the public about music and the music industry and encourages development of the industry in the San Antonio area.