Mary Carr Moore
1873 - 1957
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Mary Carr Moore moved to the West Coast with her family only a dozen years after the first transcontinental railroad was completed and remained there for the rest of her life. Her own hopes for a singing career ended in a round of ill health as she apprenticed with a local opera company in her early twenties, but she continued to teach music, to compose, and to work as an advocate of music by American composers throughout her life. Moore's compositional style developed almost continuously over her sixty-year creative career, moving from traditional harmonies through chromaticism to use of whole-tone techniques.