BIO



JOYCE SOLOMON MOORMAN was born in the campus hospital of Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her childhood was spent in Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended segregated public elementary and high schools. She earned the B. A. degree from Vassar College, the M. A. T. degree from Rutgers University, the M. F. A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and the Ed. D. degree from Columbia University. In 1990 she was a finalist in the first Detroit Symphony African-American Composers’ Competition. Her compositions have been performed by Lilan Parrot, Triad Chorale, Wilson Moorman, LonGar Ebony Ensemble, the Woodhill Chamber Ensemble, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, After Dinner Opera Company, Sandra Billingslea, the Plymouth Chorus and Orchestra, the Cygnus Chamber Ensemble, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Afro-American Chamber Music Society of Los Angeles, the Richmond County Orchestra and Louise Toppin. She has been commissioned by the Plymouth Chorus and Orchestra of Minneapolis, Minnesota the Cygnus Chamber Ensemble, Rejoicensemble and North/South Consonance of New York City, Turn On The Music of New Jersey, Louise Toppin, soprano and Vienna Modern Masters. Ms. Moorman was a winner of the Vienna Modern Masters 1998 Millennium Commission Competition. The awards included a concert performance, recording and publication of an orchestral work for international distribution. She received honorable mention in the International Alliance for Women in Music Competition for the Year 2000 Women of Color Commission. And she received a performance award in the Andy Warhol Composers’ Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in August 2000. In 2004 her opera, Elegies for the Fallen, received a special commendation from the Nancy Van de Vate International Opera Competition for Women Composers. She is included in Helen Walker-Hill’s Black Women Composers: A Century of Piano Music (Hildegard, 1992), Piano Music by Black Women Composers: A Catalogue of Solo and Ensemble Works (Greenwood Press, 1992), and Music by Black Women Composers: A Bibliography of Available Scores ( Center for Black Music Research, 1995). Also she is in Evelyn White’s Choral Music by African-American Composers (Scarecrow Press, 1996). As a pianist/accompanist she has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chamber Ensemble, the Woodhill Players, LonGar Ebony Ltd., Boys Choir of Harlem, Melissa Fenley Dance Company (BAM Next Wave Festival, 1986), Zaida Coles (actress/ singer), Elwyn Adams (violin), Wilson Moorman (percussion) and others. In 1997 she was appointed by the Governor of New York to the Advisory Music Panel for the New York State Council on the Arts, which she served on for three years. Pen and Brush, Inc. of New York City presented her with the June Jordan Award in 2003 for excellence in the field of arts and performance and the perpetuation of African American culture. Currently she is retired from Borough of Manhattan Community College where she held the rank of Professor in the Music and Art Department.