J. David Moore
Composer and Arranger



"Long Time Travellin"

I made this arrangement for the nameless a cappella group at my church, and I'm bringing it out in honor of the five years that we've been singing together. It's a pretty simple, direct version of the tune, with an open piquancy to the harmony, which tends toward fourths and seconds. Here is the score; take a look.

Two New Works for Men's Voices

Bound For the Promised Land - written for Eugene Rogers and the Michigan Men's Glee Club. A mash-up of the shape note hymn "Promised Land" and two Appalachian fiddle tunes sung in mouth music style. I imagine this as a song of Westward expansion, with California as the "promised land" at the end of a long and arduous journey. The fiddle tunes represent the music of their homeland that the travelers bring with them into the unknown.



Since Singing Is So Good a Thing - written for the FSU Men's Glee Club, to honor the retirement of my voice teacher, Larry Gerber. The text is from the introduction to William Byrd's 1588 volume "Psalmes, Sonets & Song," which was entitled "Reasons briefly set down by th'auctor [sic] to persuade everyone to learn to sing."



Other New Titles

Jesu Dulcis Memoria - for mixed voices, bass solo, piano.



Ubi Caritas et Amor - for mixed voices, a cappella.



Award-winning composer J. David Moore has had works performed and recorded all over the world, and is especially enamored with the romance of word and melody. He is a member of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative, and publishes through his company Fresh Ayre Music. He is the founder and music director of The First Readings Project, a professional chamber choir founded to help assist composers in the development of new work. He was tenor section leader with the Dale Warland Singers, founded and directed two professional a cappella groups, taught composition at the St. Paul Conservatory and Valley City State University, and is Director of Music at Nativity Episcopal Church in Burnsville. He loves the work of Andy Goldsworthy, the books of Edward Gorey, and walking in the woods. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Anna, two ferrets, and a Chihussell. [Click to hear Rosey's classic hit "I Love Macaroni and Cheese."]

Featured Work

Searching For Lambs

A song I learned from the singing of Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span. A haunting tune about the breathlessness of new love.

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