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Dorothy Rudd and Kermit Moore lecture at the University of Connecticut

 Digital Record


  • 1984 April 24

Biographical / Historical

Married composers Dorothy and Kermit Moore lectured on 4/24/1984 (2015-0002/RR233). Dorothy Moore is a composer who has studied with Mark Fax at Howard University, Washington, DC (1963), with Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau (summer 1963), and with Chou Wen-chung in New York (1965). Moore went on to teach at the Harlem School of the Arts (1965–6), New York University (1969) and Bronx Community College, CUNY (1971). In addition to teaching, Moore also maintained an active composition career. Moore was her own librettist for her opera, Fredrick Douglass, which was commissioned by the New York based Ebony Opera. The opera went on to be performed internationally. When setting music to text, Moore typically used poems by black Americans. Her piece, "The Weary Blues," which utilizes the 12-bar blues form, is her only instance of black music influencing her musical style. Although primarily a cellist, Kermit Moore was also a conductor, composer, and teacher. Having begun his music training as early as six-years-old, Moore began studying with cello faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and went on to spend a summer at the Tanglewood Music festival all before simultaneously attending both Julliard and New York University for three years receiving an MA in Music. Becoming the principal cellist at the Hartford Symphony in 1949, he became one of the few African Americans regularly performing in a symphony in the United States. In 1950, Moore moved to France to studying composition with Nadia Boulanger. He then lived in Brussel for four years conducting European orchestras and doing research. Upon his return to New York in 1961, he began to perform, teach, and conduct with such orchestra as the New York Philharmonic and the New York Festival Orchestra. Moore went on to help found the Symphony of the New World which actively welcomes minority artists. Kermit and Dorothy married in 1964.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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