Karen E. Moorman

Karen E. Moorman

Karen E. Moorman earned a BA in music from UNC-CH and a MA in Liberal Studies from NCSU and has served as a lecturer in the Arts Studies Program at NCSU. Her academic treatises include: The Recitatives of the Late Beethoven String Quartets; Amy Beach: An American Composer; and Chaos Theory and Experimental Music: The Intersection of Two Avante-Gardes. With an interest toward educating young listeners, Moorman planned, coached students, and hosted Arts Now for Kids as part of the 2004 Arts Now Series directed by Dr. Rodney Waschka II at NC State University. She is a NEA Fellow (2008) of the Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute for Music and Opera.

A self-proclaimed late-bloomer Karen began her musical life as a singer, piano hack, and self-taught folk musician, and then later became a more dedicated student of the violin. As violinist and teacher she maintains a coaching studio in Durham. Along the way, thanks to word processing, the art of writing became a compelling interest. She regards the concert review as an educational tool; a means of communicating and inviting the public to become an integral part of the artistic community while too providing another frame of reference for artists and presenters.

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Articles by Karen E. Moorman:

ADF Musicians Take Center Stage

Dance Review by Karen E. Moorman,  July 3, 2016

Leyla McCalla Trio Plays from New Album at Duke Gardens

Folk Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  June 8, 2016

World Premiere: Erev Shabbat & Torah Service by Allan Friedman

Choral Music, Folk Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 30, 2016

In Recital: Orin Laursen, violin and Greg McCallum, piano

Recital Review by Karen E. Moorman,  August 28, 2015

Voices Summer Chorus Lifts Our Spirits with Song

Choral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  July 17, 2015

A Domestic Fringeworld Proves an Interesting Place for a Short Visit

Contemporary Music, Performance Art Review by Karen E. Moorman,  April 2, 2015

From Shadow to Light: Chapel Hill Philharmonia Performs with Great Heart

Orchestral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 15, 2015

Red Clay Saxophone Quartet Soars with "Music of Our Time"

Chamber Music, Instrumental Ensemble Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 25, 2015

Arts NOW Features Saxophone Virtuoso Laurent Estoppey

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 28, 2014

Innovators and their Electronic Music at UNC Chapel Hill

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 5, 2014

Arts NOW Series 2014-15: Wires and Words: Works for Electronic Music and Voice

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  September 30, 2014

A Rave for New Music

Contemporary Music Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  August 1, 2014

On Top of the World: SONAM Presents a Spring Concert

Choral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  May 8, 2014

Around the World in 90 Minutes with Percussion Group Cincinnati

Contemporary Music, Percussion Ensemble Review by Karen E. Moorman,  April 2, 2014

Durham Symphony and Friends Cut Loose with a Jazz Tribute

Orchestral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 2, 2014

Celebrating 30 Years, Urban Bush Women Dance into Our Hearts

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 7, 2014

Hilary Hahn and Evan Rogister Share the Stage in a Luminous Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 19, 2014

Arts NOW: Balkan Quartet Rings in the New Year with a New CD

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 14, 2014

eighth blackbird: Out on a Limb for Outstanding New Music

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  November 23, 2013

New Music in Color with Andrea Cheesman, Clarinet

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 15, 2013

Chapel Hill Philharmonia: Fantastique French

Orchestral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  May 5, 2013

Arts Now! Series Features Red Clay Saxophone Quartet

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 29, 2013

The Ciompi Quartet Joined by Jeremy Begbie Premiere Theofanidis Quintet

Chamber Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 27, 2013

Arts Now Series: 60 x 60

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  September 18, 2012

Cary Chamber Music & Art Fest: New Music Raleigh

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  August 9, 2012

2012 Music in the Gardens: Megafaun

Band Review by Karen E. Moorman,  July 25, 2012

A Musical Homecoming for Jennifer Curtis and Friends

Chamber Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  June 5, 2012

Arts NOW Presents The Balkan Quartet

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 29, 2012

Composer's Voice: Investigations and Collaborations with Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek

Contemporary Music, Recital Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 27, 2012

Koch and Friends Celebrate John Cage (1912-1992)

Recital Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 24, 2012

Encounters: with the music of our time: Wet Ink Ensemble

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  December 9, 2011

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Performs "Basically Bach" with a Splash of Fall Color

Chamber Orchestra, Vocal Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  November 13, 2011

Wonder Women: Mallarmé Celebrates Contemporary Composers and Their Music

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 23, 2011

Electronic and Vocal Works with Rodney Waschka II

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  September 20, 2011

American Dance Festival: A Rock-Out for Charles Reinhart

Percussion Ensemble Review by Karen E. Moorman,  July 3, 2011

Duke University Graduate Student Composers Spring Program

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  April 4, 2011

Is it Postmodern? How to Spend Your Spring Break

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 14, 2011

Two Rising Stars Create Musical Magic

Recital, TCMP - Triangle Chamber Music Presenters Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 27, 2011

Viola Recital: Jonathan Bagg and Philip Amalong

Recital Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 16, 2011

Loving Tributes to a Master Teacher

Recital Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 1, 2011

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin: In My Own Voice

Recital Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  April 10, 2010

Greg McCallum: Voyage à Paris

Recital Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 14, 2010

J. Mark Scearce: The 99 Beautiful Names of God

Contemporary Music Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  December 18, 2009

Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87

Recital Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  December 8, 2009

BraveSouls and Dreamers

Choral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  June 21, 2009

Tina Chancey: The Versatile Viol, Scottish and Irish Music

World Music Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  May 18, 2009

Boismortier: Trio Sonatas

Early Music Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  May 12, 2009

Women's Voices: Cheek to Cheek

Choral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  May 2, 2009

Rhymes With Opera (RWO) Rocks Broad Street Café

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 7, 2009

Cultural Exchange on the Hill

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 5, 2009

UNC Concerto Winners' Shining Performance

Orchestral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 1, 2009

Duke Music: Encounters with the Music of Our Time

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 21, 2009

Arts Now: I'm Talkin' Here

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 17, 2009

Hilary Hahn Hits the Mark

Recital Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 14, 2009

Arts NOW: Cinematic Music

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 28, 2009

Capital Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors

Opera Review by Karen E. Moorman,  December 19, 2008

Triangle Gay Men's Chorus: An Instrument of Peace

Choral Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  December 13, 2008

Nathan Daughtrey: The Yuletide Marimba

Chamber Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  November 24, 2008

Duke Encounters with Messiaen and Carter

Contemporary Music, Recital Review by Karen E. Moorman,  November 2, 2008

Arts Now! Sean Devlin

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 1, 2008

The Music of Jennifer Fitzgerald

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  September 26, 2008

Arts Now! 60 X 60 2008

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  September 11, 2008

Zemlinsky: Rediscovered

Recital, Vocal Music Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  September 2, 2008

West Meets East: Hindustani Vocal Music

World Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  August 23, 2008

Shostakovich: Piano Works Performed by Melvin Chen

Recital Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  July 21, 2008

Still Funny, After All These Years: A Water Bird Talk

Opera Review by Karen E. Moorman,  June 24, 2008

Richard Festinger: Chamber Works

Chamber Music Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  June 15, 2008

Rodney Waschka II: Music For Strings

Contemporary Music Media Review by Karen E. Moorman,  May 26, 2008

Iceblink: Poetry in Sound and Image

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music, Film Review by Karen E. Moorman,  April 27, 2008

Born Into Brothels Ensemble

Music, World Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  April 11, 2008

Duke Encounters: Patterns in a Chromatic Field

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 22, 2008

Two Offerings from the North Carolina Computer Music Festival

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 26, 2008

Hip-Hop Studies and Etudes

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 9, 2008

Regina Carter Quintet: A Sentimental Journey

Jazz Review by Karen E. Moorman,  November 3, 2007

In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959

Jazz Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 27, 2007

New and Very New Music at Duke

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 4, 2007

Tom Moore: Flutes Old and New

Review by Karen E. Moorman,  September 13, 2007

ADF Musicians Concert

Contemporary Music, World Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  June 20, 2007

Duke Graduate Composers Concert

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  April 14, 2007

Nasher Museum of Art: Pamela Z: Metal/Vox/Water

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  March 2, 2007

Arts Now: Global Warming

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 27, 2007

Mallarmé Chamber Players: I Hear America Singing

Chamber Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 29, 2007

NCSU Arts Now! Series: A Tree - a Rock - a Cloud

Contemporary Music, Opera Review by Karen E. Moorman,  January 23, 2007

The Ciompi Quartet With Branford Marsalis

Chamber Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  November 18, 2006

Nasher Museum & Duke Performances: Yin Mei

Contemporary Music, Recital Review by Karen E. Moorman,  November 11, 2006

"First Takes: Three Premieres for Chamber Orchestra"

Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 21, 2006

NCSU's Arts Now Series: "Soothsayers and Shamans"

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  October 19, 2006

Saxophones and Computers: Who Knew?

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  September 13, 2006

Ciompi Quartet & Friends

Chamber Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  July 16, 2006

American Dance Festival: The Musicians' Concert

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  June 21, 2006

Duke Graduate Composers Concert

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  April 19, 2006

North Carolina Computer Music Festival 2006

Contemporary Music Review by Karen E. Moorman,  February 27, 2006