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Dr. John Moir

Assistant Professor of Music

Bio

Dr. John-Scott Moir [basso] began his professional career as a chorister with the San Diego Opera. John-Scott worked alongside great artists such as George London, Joan Sutherland, Sherrill Milnes, Richard Leech, Aprile Millo, and Beverly Sills; conductors such as Richard Bonynge, Eduardo Müller, and Theo Alcantara. His PBS-TV debut (in the SDO’s stunning production of ‘The Merry Widow,” with Sills and Alan Titus) decided his future career goals for him. In his fifteen seasons with the company, John proceeded to advance to comprimario parts, solo outreach, and (much to his surprise) as a featured dancer in the SDO’s Russian Arts Festival production of Boris Godunov!

A founding member of the San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan Company (SDG&S, later S.D. Comic Opera) John worked under three former D’Oyly Carte veterans, who praised his ‘impeccable diction and powerful voice,’ – (Kenneth Sandford) as much as the critics praised his acting: “Easily the member of the cast with the greatest comic flair was John-Scott Moir as Poo-Bah” (San Diego Union). John-Scott also performed in musicals and operettas with the San Diego Civic Light Opera (Starlight), working under some of Hollywood’s Golden Age musical personnel, including MGM studio conductor, Johnny Green.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (M.M.) and Shenandoah University (DMA), John’s singing has been compared to “…a voice reminiscent of Hans Hotter” – (Tom Paul). Dr. Moir has studied with Bard Suverkrop, Gérard Souzay, Jane Randolph, Rudolph Piernay, and Craig Fields; sung with San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Pacific Chamber Opera, Santa Barbara Civic Opera, Akron Opera, Opera Lucca (Italy); as chorister/soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale, Eastman Chorale, and the San Diego Master Chorale. In Minnesota, he has sung as a soloist with Minnesota Chorale, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Kate’s Oratorio Society, Opera 101, Minnesota Center Chorale, Dakota Valley Symphony, Anoka Opera, and numerous community theaters.

Dr. Moir has recorded for Pro Arte and Delos. His students have performed with the MN. Chorale, MN. Opera, Dale Warland Singers, been on the faculties of a number of Collegiate institutions, have toured in Hal Prince productions, been in National Tours of Broadway Musicals, adjudicated for International Singing Competitions, and performed on some of the most prestigious operatic stages in the world, including the Met.

As a Choral conductor, Dr. Moir came to direction with the express desire to be a conductor with first-hand knowledge of the human voice. When studying under choral directors such as Frank Almond, (SDSU) Zoltan Rosenyai, (USIU) Don Nueun (Eastman, USC), and Deen Entsminger (Belmont) Dr. Moir consistently sought to approach his conception of choral sound, with a decidedly ‘free voice’ model in mind. Dr. Moir was Director of Choirs most recently at Southwest Christian High School, Chaska, MN. Dr. Moir formed and was Founding Artistic Director for a decade with a Twin Cities semi-professional chorus, ‘CORO!’ – which sang with Minnesota Sinfonia, Dakota Valley Symphony, and joined with the MacPhail Center for the Arts’ chorus (Sonomento) for a series of concerts during the Verdi Bicentennial year. Dr. Moir has been interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio.

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