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Michael Moore

Principal Tuba

Michael Moore
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Michael Moore joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1968, and at age 18 was the youngest tubist among any major orchestra. After 49 years in the Orchestra, he has now become the “dean."

Besides performing the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto on subscription concerts conducted by Robert Spano in 2008, Moore has performed the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall and at Piedmont Park, as well as the Edward Gregson Tuba Concerto with ensembles in Atlanta and Columbus. In 2003, 2012 and 2015 he was guest tubist with the Chicago Symphony. Additionally, Mr. Moore was guest artist at Tubilustrium 2005-8 in Cosenza, Italy, and at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

Moore is the founder of the non-profit Atlanta Brass Society and the ABS Press, and also artistic director of the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet. He serves on the faculty at Emory University, where he teaches tuba and coaches brass chamber music, Moore also conducts the Atlanta Symphony Community Brass Ensemble.

Along with his numerous musical pursuits, including playing banjo, Moore serves as Treasurer of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians and Treasurer of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association, and is also Vice President of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Georgia, Moore received his degree in music literature with a minor in composition from Georgia State University. His tuba studies have been with Arnold Jacobs and Ed Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony, Ward Fearn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, William Hill of Georgia State Univeristy, and his father, E.W. Moore – longtime Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tubist under Henry Sopkin.