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Dylan Chmura-Moore, conductor

Biography of Dr. Dylan Chmura-Moore as conductor

Dylan T. Chmura-Moore, Director of Orchestral Activities

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Dylan Thomas Chmura-Moore, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Music at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is a performer and advocate of music written today and has had a voice in the premiers of numerous compositions. Though a proponent of recently composed art music and that of the last hundred years, Dr. Chmura-Moore maintains a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to Lachenmann. With a deep appreciation for the other fine arts, many of his influences and inspirations are gathered from his interests outside the music world that nurture analysis and interpretation. Dr. Chmua-Moore frequently performs in collaboration with dancers, painters, and performance artists and is a musician who seeks to exploit new technology in performance––he is an accomplished programmer in Max/MSP and has designed his own midi triggers and other interactive devices to electronically manipulate sound, live in concert.

Dr. Chmura-Moore is a conductor who believes in a collaborative process of music making and the days of conductor-as-dictator are over. Chamber music fundamentals are emphasized in all of his ensembles and individual performers are encouraged to express them self as such and emote. Dr. Chmura-Moore believes when trust is given over to the members of an ensemble, honest, and thus spontaneous, music making is vitalized. By making oneself vulnerable to a responsive community, the possibility of sincere music making may be realized. Another mission of Dr. Chmura-Moore is the development of greater public engagement in his performing ensembles––humanizing the art, facilitating access, and exposing its inherent import to diverse communities. Toward this aim, such live and unbidden music making, nurtured in ensemble practice and performance, stimulates community engagement, strengthening such connections, offering tangible substance to the exertion of individual and then collective artistry. 

Dr. Chmura-Moore has conducted ensembles of Harvard University, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Northeastern University, Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, and other groups such as Callithumpian Consort, Shivaree Ensemble, The Great White Way, Ip School Orchestra, and the Senior, Junior, and String Orchestras of Luzerne Summer Music Center. Some of the conductors with whom Dr. Chmura-Moore has had the opportunity to intimately observe and work are Pierre Boulez, Robert Page, Larry Rachleff, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Silverstein, and Benjamin Zander.

Dr. Chmura-Moore is also a trombonist, and as such, is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician and has recently performed with Madison Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Dal Niente, Isthmus Brass, and Con Vivo!. Notable international solo appearances include recitals at the Internationale Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Lucerne Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. He can be heard on Mode, Summit, EuroArts, Albany, TZADIK, and the Accentus record label, among others. His debut solo CD is anticipated to be released in 2012. 

Dr. Chmura-Moore was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow at the university and focused his studies on the research and performance of newly composed music. His dissertation is titled "Three Essays and an Untitled Recording that Realize the Respective Musical Potential of Heterotopia, Phenomenology, and Beauty as Asunder." Previously, Dr. Chmura-Moore studied at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts where he received two Master of Music degrees, one in conducting, and the other in trombone. Upon graduation, Dr. Chmura-Moore was awarded academic honors, a distinction in performance, and the Gunther Schuller Medal, the highest honor awarded by the conservatory. Dr. Chmura-Moore received the Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. 

In the summer months, Dr. Chmura-Moore teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival

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