It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Dr. Gerald Moore, an active retired faculty member in our department. Since coming to Lipscomb in 1970, Gerald Moore has been not only an integral part of the work of the Department of Music, but also a model Christian scholar in our field. He has demonstrated excellence in teaching, has been a kind and patient mentor for many of his colleagues, and has left his mark on the Nashville music community with a devoted following of those who now share his passion for the richness of early music--music both from Western traditions and from the wealth of musical cultures around the world. For almost forty years, through hundreds of theory classes, rehearsals, concerts, and meetings, Dr. Moore has demonstrated service with love in the academic community. For all of us who knew him, Dr. Moore’s musical talent, humble spirit, and gentle humor will stay with us as a blessing throughout our lives. He was well loved.
Former students, associates, and friends participated in singing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and what has become known as Dr. Moore's "Peace Medley" during the funeral service Sunday, February 14 at Crieve Hall Church of Christ. A music scholarship has been established in Dr. Moore's honor at Lipscomb University.
At the request of Dr. Gerald Moore's family, a music scholarship has been established at Lipscomb University in his honor. Gifts may be made online through Lipscomb's Give Today! web site. Please specify the "Gerald Moore Scholarship Fund" so that your gift is properly credited. Instructions for making gifts by phone or mail may be found here.
BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Gerald L. Moore
Dr. Gerald Moore directed the Early Music Consort, the Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Chorale while teaching full time at Lipscomb University. He also taught music theory and related courses. Previously, Dr. Moore served as a band director and choral director at various levels while teaching in Texas. He received the D.M.E from the University of Oklahoma and the M.M.E. and B.M. from the University of North Texas.
He received a special award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for his arrangements for a variety of ensembles. He also received the Baker Award from Lipscomb University for excellence in teaching. In the summer of 1998 he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to travel to Brandeis University for an intensive workshop in the analysis of medieval and Renaissance music. In 2001-2002 he received a sabbatical to focus on acquiring and arranging new music for the Early Music Consort.
Dr. Moore served as a regular instructor in early music for several workshops, including the Mountain Collegium, a summer early music workshop held on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He also published arrangements of church music and music for early instruments; his hymn arrangements appear in the hymnal Praise for the Lord.
Most recently Dr. Gerald Moore was the musical director of the Nashville Early Music Ensemble and the assistant conductor of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble. The videos below feature performances and reunion events conducted by Dr. Moore.
April 2007, The Combined Current and past members of the Lipscomb University Early Music Consort along with past members of the Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Gerald Moore, sing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."
April 2007, The Lipscomb University Early Music Consort under the direction of Dr. Gerald Moore performing an Andalusian Folk Song.
The Early Music Consort of Lipscomb University along with Alumni under the direction of Dr. Gerald Moore perform this song from William Bellet's Lute Book from Trinity College, Dublin, 1650