J. David Moore (b. 1962) is a composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, and Southerner who has lived in the Upper Midwest for most of his life. His music has been called “endlessly inventive,” “glorious…haunting… breathtaking,” and “joyous…wild and elemental.”

He publishes through his company Fresh Ayre Music, and is the founder and conductor of The First Readings Project, a chamber choir that acts as a resource for composers in the development and promotion of new work.

Moore has won numerous grants, awards, and residencies from many organizations such as ASCAP, the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, and was the recipient of the 2001 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, along with his a cappella group Dare To Breathe. He has twice been awarded the Forum’s Faith Partners residency, during which time he collaborated with consortia of congregations in the creation of twelve new liturgical works.

He lives with his beautiful wife Anna in Minneapolis, where he bakes bread, drinks tea, and is distracted by shiny objects.

An extended biography may be found at

Sonnet 104Voicing: SSATTB  Accompaniment: Horn  Performance Length: 4:05  Notation: Standard  Text Source: William Shakespeare  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Summer  Descriptive Terms: Anniversary, Celebration, Marriage, Mature Love, Partnership  First Performance: Jun 01, 2007: The Sapphire Consort, James Miller, Wisconsin Rapids, WI Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 673/769~2018-Q1)
A BelénVoicing: SSAATTBB  Accompaniment: Cello, Guitar  Performance Length: 7:45  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz  Language: Spanish  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Christmas  Descriptive Terms: Hopeful, Mexican, Neo-baroque, Theatrical, Virtuosic  First Performance: Dec 01, 2006: The Rose Ensemble, Jordan Sramek, St. Paul’s On the Hill Episcopal Church Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 673/723~2017-Q4)
Fern HillVoicing: SATTBB  Solo(s): Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 9:30  Alternative Notation: Some spoken, non-metered passages  Text Source: Dylan Thomas  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Spring, Summer  Descriptive Terms: Elegy, Farm, Memory, Rural, Youth  First Performance: May 01, 1993: The Village Waytes, J. David Moore, Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati, OH Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 673/674~2017-Q3)