J. David Moore
Composer and Arranger



The First Readings Project fundraiser

This project, of which I am inordinately proud, is conducting its second fundraising campaign through Hatchfund. I hope you'll take a few moments to read through our proposal and watch our thrilling and action-packed promotional video. All of the pieces that we have introduced to the world can be found on our SoundCloud page. For more on us, visit our website. Many thanks!

"The Distance"

For mixed choir and piano, written for the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota, directed by Garrett Lathe, to be premiered on April 27. The poem is by Eleanor Farjeon, and one of my favorites from my daughter Rosie's first book of poetry. Here's the whole text:

Over the sounding sea,
Off the wandering sea
I smelt the smell of the distance
And longed for another existence.
Smell of pineapple, maize, and myrrh,
Parrot-feather and monkey-fur,
Brown spice,
Blue ice,
Fields of tobacco and tea and rice,
And soundless snows,
And snowy cotton,
Otto of rose
Incense in an ivory palace,
Jungle rivers rich and rotten,
Slumbering valleys,
Smouldering mountains,
Rank morasses
And frozen fountains,
Black molasses and purple wine,
Coral and pearl and tar and brine,
The smell of panther and polar-bear
And leopard-lair
And mermaid-hair
Came from the four-cornered distance,
And I longed for another existence.
~ Eleanor Farjeon

Fresh Ayre now taking credit cards

All orders from Fresh Ayre may now be paid for by credit card through PayPal. I am working on setting up a proper shopping cart, but in the mean time, check the "Credit Card" box on the order form, and I'll send you the proper kind of invoice. (As you probably know, PayPal will include a 2.9% service charge to process credit card orders.) I will let you know when a proper working online credit card service is up and running.

New Titles

I have just released three new pieces with Fresh Ayre, orderable immediately. They are:

Ubi Caritas et Amor - for mixed voices, a cappella. Notes and recording over there to the right. Score.

My Lord, What A Morning - recently premiered by MUSE Women's Choir of Cincinnati. Here is the score.

America the Beautiful - for unison treble choir and piano. The accompaniment is based on Bach's First Prelude in C Major; this is a quieter, less political rendition of the song. Here is the score.

Current Commissions

2014 - Men's Glee Club, University of Michigan. Dr. Eugene Rogers, director

J. David Moore (b. 1962) has had works performed and recorded all over the world, and is especially enamored with the romance of word and melody. He has composed art songs, oratorios, music for percussion ensemble, string quartet, wind ensemble, baroque orchestra, and tuned wine glasses, in addition to over two hundred vocal arrangements. He has founded and directed two professional a cappella ensembles, Cincinnati-based The Village Waytes and St. Paul's award-winning Dare To Breathe. He has won numerous grants, awards, and residencies through ASCAP, the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the American Composers Forum. David is an active educator and clinician and has served as composer-in-residence at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Midwest. He serves as Director of Music at Nativity Episcopal Church in Burnsville, Minnesota, is a member of ASCAP and the American Composers Forum, and is devoted to bread baking, yoga, his daughter Rosannah, and a good cup of tea.[Click to hear Rosannah's classic hit "I Love Macaroni and Cheese."]

Featured Work

Ubi Caritas et Amor

Twin Cities a cappella ensemble Caritas commissioned this piece as their new theme song. An intimate, cozy setting celebrating the comfortable, everyday blessings of good company.

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