musician / educator / arts administrator
Catherine Moore is a pianist, vocalist, educator, and arts administrator currently based in Ann Arbor, MI. A passionate advocate for diversity in the arts, equity and inclusion is central to her work as a performer and educator. She is a fierce believer that music education and arts access is the ultimate medium for social justice and community building.
Graduating with Honors from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Catherine majored in Choral Music Education as a Piano Principal, and minored in Performing Arts Management and Entrepreneurship. She studied piano with Dr. Matthew Bengtson, and voice with Dr. JoAna Rusche. At Michigan, she sang with the GRAMMY-nominated Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eugene Rogers, and was featured as a soloist in the ensemble. She was a recipient of the William J. Branstrom Freshman prize and was a James B. Angell Scholar.
With over 5 years of private lesson teaching experience, Catherine currently teaches a private lesson studio of 12 piano students of all ages and abilities, virtually and in-person. Her students have competed and received excellent ratings at Solo & Ensemble festivals, and have performed across their communities as ensemble members and soloists. She has accompanied and directed rehearsals of numerous musical theatre productions, and has coached singers for auditions, performances, and recordings. As a professional singer, Catherine currently serves as an Alto section leader at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. Choral highlights include performing at Carnegie Hall, touring across the Baltic States, performing in a staged concert recording of Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Sheppard” that was produced in partnership with Detroit Public Television, and singing with the Game of Thrones National Touring production at the Little Caesars Center.
Catherine currently serves as a Program Assistant for the newly launched Detroit Harmony Initiative, a city-wide collaborative effort between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and other arts nonprofits, schools, community organizations and city leaders. She has worked for non-profit arts organizations like Creative Washtenaw, Connecticut Summerfest Contemporary Music Festival, and Song of America. She has interned in Education and Community Engagement with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Catherine was named a 2020 21st Century Artist Intern, a prestigious internship sponsored by the University Musical Society.
Catherine has been named a Grand-Prix winner of Music-Fest’s “Rising Talents” piano competition, for which she played in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in April 2018. She is a Scholarship Recipient of the Westfield Music Club, The College Women’s Club of Westfield, and the Maplewood Men’s Glee Club. She was a third prize winner for Great Composer’s International Chopin Competition. She has attended summer intensives at the Eastman School of Music, Westminster Conservatory, and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. Catherine enjoys singing, playing, and writing and arranging music of all genres.
Outside of her life in music, Catherine is a die-hard Michigan fan (go Blue!), and loves to travel, write, knit and craft, and spend time with her family and loved ones.