pianist ~ composer ~ teacher ~ director
Award-winning composer Kate Moody has produced seven CDs of her work, ranging from solo piano to symphonic pieces. Her “Mystical Romantic” music is inspired by nature and her studies of spiritual philosophy. She discovered and continues to develop the Connect & Glow TM energy healing modality, and holds a Master of Spiritual Studies degree from Emerson Theological Institute; her final paper, "Visualizing Healing," can be read here.
Kate studied piano at Sonoma State University with Marilyn Thompson and composition at New England Conservatory with Robert Ceely. Kate continues to be actively involved in music education offering piano lessons, composition instruction and general music studies. She also instructs music teachers how to teach basic composition and improvising, making theory relevant as students use the notes from the scales, triads and arpeggios they are learning to create music which they then play and notate. Her instructional book, Playing & Composing Around the Circle of Fifths, is available from CoCo Lounge Presents.
Kate's first album, Grateful Heart, enjoyed great success with international air play on over 200 radio stations. Originally released on the Frog Rock label, and rereleased in Spring, 2005, Grateful Heart is eleven tracks of contemporary instrumental music featuring piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, bass and percussion on ten originals and one arrangement, Vince Guaraldi's Skating. Kate's recording of her full-length symphonic work, The Seeker, won Best Instrumental Album Award at the 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Awards. The symphony is in four movements: "Wake-Up Call," "River of Love," "Angels & Eskimos," and "Shining Through." The recording, made at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, features guitarist George Doering on Fantasy for Electric Guitar & Orchestra. "The performance is thrilling with the calm, deep logic of soul. This is one of the nicest things I've heard in a long time." - Steve Goodale, goldrecord.com. Three albums of solo piano music, "Welcome to Piania," "inscapes," and Free Spirit," are also available from CoCo Lounge Presents. Kate's recording of the Connect & Glow Guided Meditation with Music won "Best Self Help Album" at the 2020 Just Plain Folks Music Awards.
Kate is available for concert and workshop presentations upon request:
1. Solo piano concert.
2. Concert of Creativity - with instrumentalist -
Kate writes a short piece with the audience.
Instrumentalist and Kate madly practice the brand new piece
Instrumentalist and Kate play the newly minted piece.
Concert concludes with rehearsed pieces.
2a. Solo piano version of 9.
3. Connect & Glow Musical Meditation - Kate leads audience in guided visualizations
while playing healing, relaxing piano/keyboard music.
4. Connect & Glow Meditation without music.
5. Create Your Own Music!* with students, one-off.
6. Create Your Own Music! with students, over several days - students perform the
created music at the end of the workshop.
7. Create Your Own Music! with adult groups, one-off.
8. Workshops with music teachers on teaching composition and creativity.
9. Workshops with music pedagogy students on teaching composition and creativity.
10. Create Your Own Musical! camp - students create and perform dialogue, lyrics, music, choreography, costumes and scenery for a short musical.
11. Residencies which combine any/all of the above.
*Create Your Own Music! is a fun and educational presentation where Kate guides the group through writing a short piece of music. It works with groups of people with no musical experience, people with extensive musical experience, and with mixed groups.
List of Works
1985 Shana’s Song I. Meadow II. Mountain III. Out
1989 Winthrop Pieces 1. Freely 2. Go 3. Moderato 4. Brisk 5. Semplice 6. Steady - Adagio
1992 Still Waters, Here & Now, Wedding Day, A Wish For Holly
1995 Lavender Shadows, Aloha, We Are One In Spirit, Rachael’s Waltz, Tahoe Thoughts, Sigh
1998 The Way I Feel, A Dozen Roses
1999 The Light is Born
2001 Four Winds
2002 Sparrow, Heart
2005 Stream, Elegy
2007 Happy Endings, Flowing, Dusk, Hoku Pa’a, Lama Kuhikuhi, Sweet
2008 Glory Be
2014 Row, Row, Row Your Boat (arr.), Chanty
2015 Everyday Miracles
1998 The Seeker I. Wake-up all II. Angels & Eskimos III. River of Love IV. Shining Through
1999 Fantasy for Electric Guitar & Orchestra
2011 Mountain Tapestry
1988 String Trio
1991 Seven Vignettes for Any Old Quartet
1992 Moonrise Variations, Pt. Lobos - Summer Fog, White Raven, Room 304
1995 Lavender Blues, Dreams Come True, Diamonds on the Water, Cocoa, Sea Turtle
1999 Three Interludes
2007 Friday Nights I. Fantasy ~ Variation II. Lament III. Blessing in Disguise
2008 Realms of Glory
1989 Our Father
2000 God Is My Light
2001 Go Forth!
2004 Be Still
2015 Peace Prayer
2018 I Have Overcome the World
2019 Teach Only Love
2020 God of All Power and Love
1991 Some Favorite Love Poems
1997 Gentle Dreamer
2006 Song of Kabir
2013 The Stream of Life
Walter Halsey David Triptych: Mariposas, The Butterfly, The Iguana
2015 The Golden Age, I Am the Song In My Heart
2020 The Beauty of the Islands, Spirit Is Absolute (Ernest Holmes)