Diane Moser has been a featured performer and composer throughout the U.S. with jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, dance companies, and theater companies. She earned a B.A. from Empire State College in New York and an M.M. in Jazz Piano from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Harold Danko and Jaki Byard.
As a leader, Diane currently has several ensembles that express her wide diversity of musical interests. She is the musical director, pianist and contributing composer of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, a 17-piece big band formed for the purpose of developing and presenting new music for big band. Presenting monthly concerts beginning in January of 1997 and currently in residence at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ, the band features the music of its 11 resident composers, and has featured over 100 guest composers and performers as well. Since 1999 she has led her quintet, The Diane Moser Quintet, and since 2002 The Diane Moser Trio, with revolving members trombonist Ben Williams, bassist Mark Dresser, drummer Gerry Hemingway, alto saxophone and clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, bassist Andy Eulau, drummer Scott Neumann, drummer Michael Sarin, alto saxophonist Anton Denner, alto saxophonist Ed Xiques, drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Duncan Moore.
As a collaborator, she has been a featured performer and composer with Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Howard Johnson, Oliver Lake, Judy Bady, Tina Marsh, Charles McPherson, Curtis Pagler, Diamanda Galas, Jim French, Yale Strom, poets Marilyn Mohr and Bill Zavatsky, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Tri-City Symphony of Davenport, Iowa, The Drifters and many others.
Her work in film includes composing the film score for the award winning film Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket, Ashcan Films 2009, directed by filmmaker Dennis Connors and performed by The Diane Moser Quintet. She was also the Music Supervisor and performer for the short documentary film on the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gauden, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Voices and Visions Productions, LTD 2012, which is now permanently installed for continuous viewing at the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH. Her most recent film score project is Yellow Stars of Tolerance with the award winning nonprofit documentary and multimedia production company JEMGLO.
Diane has worked in the field of musical theater for many decades. She is the composer of the musical 2012:A Masque for the Millennium, a one act masque-musical presented for the Women’s Work Series and The Adventures of Jazz Mom — both presented at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ.
As a contributing composer and co-creator Diane’s other projects include: The Trial of Jazz an experimental music-theater-improvisation piece in collaboration with co-creator composer-pianist Stu Calhoun, produced and broadcast by Iowa Public Television, Future Feminine-New Women for the 21st Century a concert of literary-musical works in collaboration with Tunnel Vision Writer’s Project, and A Spirit Warriors Dream, a musical created and performed with students of the University of Rhode Island.
Her work in the field of dance as a resident composer and pianist includes NYC Tapworks, Babs Case & Co., A. Ludwig Co., Brooklyn College, San Diego State University, California Ballet, as well as master class accompanist with Gus Solomons Jr. and Kenneth Rinker.
Diane has garnered many grants and awards in composition including Chamber Music America‘s New Works Creation and Presentation Grant supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center, New Music USA’s (CAP Recording and MetLife Creative Connections), the Mary Flagler Carey Charitable Trust and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. She has also received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Arts and was named the Mid-Atlantic Arts Creative Fellow at the Millay Arts Colony.
As an educator she has taught in the classroom and workshops throughout the U.S. She is currently on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Music Composition Program in Montpelier, VT, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City where she teaches composition and performance. She has also presented and conducted workshops of her own music, improvisation for beginners through advanced musicians, as well as coaching small jazz ensembles and big bands. She maintains a private piano studio in Montclair, New Jersey.