Updated: November 28, 2019
Martha Mozer, ASMS Fine Arts instructor, is taking her choir students to All-State Auditions in Tuscaloosa, Ala., an opportunity for students to sing with other selected musicians under renowned choral conductors.
Mozer teaches an array of music classes at ASMS, such as Music Survey, Music Theory, Voice, Broadway Blues and Jazz, and two choirs. She also teaches Theatre Arts 1, which focuses on theatre games, improve, and small group skit writing and performing. Mozer has been a member of the Alabama Vocal Association (AVA), who sponsors the All-State Choir, for 17 years now. She has been taking students from ASMS to the auditions, since first coming to the school in 2007.
“I’ve taken ASMS students every year I have been here,” Mozer says. “In 2015, Lorenzo Gapud was the State Male Outstanding Choral Student. This spring, Lorenzo will graduate from LSU with a degree in Music Education. Senior, Megan Matthews, was our District VII OCS winner last year. She will audition again at the end of the month.”
Mozer received her Bachelor’s of Music in Voice and a master’s in both Voice and Opera Theatre Direction from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition, Mozer received her Alabama Teaching Certificate and is certified in Choral Music K-12 and Theatre. She also attended Interlochen Music Camp the summer before she entered the Cleveland Institute of Music. Interlochen is the oldest Music Camp in the country and an invaluable experience for any young musician. When Mozer was there, she was able to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon!
“After my first year in graduate school I went back to Interlochen as the Directing Assistant to the head of the Opera Theatre Department, Mozer says. “At that time the college Division was the Music Summer School for the University of Michigan.”
After her education and before her teaching career began, Mozer held various positions with reputable theatre companies.
“I started my career in music as an operatic stage director,” Mozer says. “I directed an opera workshop for the extension division of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and was the tour manager for the Goldovsky Opera theatre based in NYC. I also had various free-lance directing jobs in the Boston area.”
Before Mozer came to ASMS, she worked with another local school, Fairhope Middle School.
“I started working with children when my oldest daughter was in the third grade,” Mozer says. “In 1990, she was at Fairhope Middle School and her 7th grade class was studying the play version of A Christmas Carol. She volunteered me to direct it. After that, the school was interested in having me continue, so I applied for the Alabama Artist in Education Program and the school applied and was awarded a three-year grant to start a theatre program. That job turned into a 14- year full- time position. Since I am also a musician, I eventually took over the choir program as well.”
With All-State being the goal every school year, Mozer has been preparing her students at ASMS since the beginning of last term.
“There are three high school choirs – Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Voices,” Mozer says. “Total, they use about 1,000 students. Over 2,500 will audition from all over the state. Last year, we had five make it and in 2015 I had seven go. I have had [students] go every year. I expect six or seven will make it this year, with nine auditioning.”
Announced on November 26, 2018: Congratulations to Megan Matthews, Chichi Alilonu, Joy Buchi, Scott Simpson and Emmanuel Gapud for making All State!