The New York Times described Carman Moore as a composer who not only defies categories, but “treats them with disdain.” An Ohio native and New York City resident, Moore earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at Ohio State University and studied composition privately with Hall Overton and at the Juilliard School with Luciano Berio and Vincent Persichetti where he earned his Masters Degree with distinction. Moore began composing for symphony and chamber ensembles while writing lyrics for pop songs, gradually adding opera, theatre, dance and film scores to his body of work.
Moore has received commissions from New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Gregg Smith Singers, the U.N. University for Peace, the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture, the Music Theatre Group/Lenox Arts Centre, the Lincoln Center Institute and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is an accomplished composer, librettist and conductor and his works have been performed around the world. He spent a year as Composer-in-Residence at the Dayton Opera Company and many years with SKYMUSIC ENSEMBLE, founded by Moore, as Artists-in-Residence at Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Moore was recently awarded the MacDowell and Guggenheim Fellowships.
A dedicated educator, Moore has taught at the Yale University School of Music, Queens and Brooklyn Colleges, Carnegie-Mellon University, Manhattanville College, and The New School for Social Research. He also spent several years teaching children for Lincoln Center and Jazzmobile, at The Dalton School and in New York public schools with the Lincoln Center Institute. Moore has served as Board member and/or adjudicator for several major organizations, including Composers Forum, the Society of Black Composers (of which he was a Founder), The MacDowell Colony; the N.Y. State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
MADIBA is a brief but powerful orchestral work to honor the great statesman Nelson Mandela, whose voice and presence will be embodied by a solo cello line which prevails despite gunfire, cold silence, or roaring crowds.