At the early age of seven, Sarai Moore began learning piano and continued her studies with superior ratings through her participation in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival and the National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions. Her successful artistic work throughout adolescence led Sarai to the Stetson University School of Music where she was accepted and awarded the William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship.
While at Stetson, Sarai pursued composition studies working with Dr. Manuel de Murga and Dr. Sidney Hodkinson. As a composer, Sarai participated in Stetson University’s Student Composer concerts with notable guest artists including Michael Rickman and David Amram, and had several of her works performed each year since 2008. In 2009, Sarai premiered her own chamber work, Reaching at her Senior Composition Recital and her piece was published in Touchstone Magazine. She went to the NYU ASCAP Buddy Baker Film Score workshop in the summer of 2011. She wrote Within These Walls for Yarn/Wire, which was premiered by the ensemble in NYC, March of 2015.
Sarai performed in numerous ensembles, including the Daytona State College Jazz Band and Concert Choir, as well as Stetson University’s Women’s Chorale, studying with conductors such as Norton Christeson, Andrew Larson and Alan Raines. In 2010, Sarai performed with the Women’s Chorale in the National American Choral Director’s Association in Memphis.
As a music teacher for over 18 years, Sarai has maintained a private studio, specializing in piano, voice, improvisation, song-writing, playing in a band, music theory, and history. Additionally, Sarai is an award winning freelance photographer in the Central Florida area. In 2008, her untitled work from Dance Series was distinguished with 2 awards in the Stetson University Student Juried Art Exhibition. She served as the photographer for the Stetson University School of Music, and has also shot for The Juilliard School, Hunter College and Classical Singer Magazine.
Sarai graduated with honors from Daytona State College with an Associate of Arts, and in May 2010, she received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Stetson University. Sarai holds her Master's in Music from Hunter College. Her teachers include Edit Palmer, Michael Rickman, Harold Blanchard, Janet Rabe-Meyer, Nathan Wolek, Shafer Mahoney and Steven Graff.
Sarai worked in production and event management for ABC, American Composers Orchestra, The Juilliard School, Opera America, and continues to freelance in operations and production. She is the Production Manager for Performing Arts Workshop and heads up the music program. She has collaborated with Brooklyn artists on composer & choreographer projects.