Gene Moon, DMA
Director of Orchestral Studies
Associate Professor, Orchestras and Instrumental Conducting
Conductor, CBU Symphony Orchestra
Conducting all around the world, maestro Gene Moon has graced the podium of orchestras on four continents over the course of his career. Dr. Moon’s career has led him conducting appearances throughout the United States and overseas in Asia and South America. Sought after, nationally and internationally, maestro Moon has led performances with orchestras including the Nacional Orquestra in the Dominican Republic, Saigon Philharmonic in Ho Chi Ming City, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and All-State orchestras in Arkansas and Louisiana along with orchestras of the University of Macau Orchestra and Hong Kong Baptist University and many region honor orchestras and festivals throughout the United States.
Beginning the fall of 2018, Dr. Moon joined the faculty of California Baptist University serving as Director of Orchestral Studies. He is on faculty with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and work with hundreds of young musicians from all around the world each summer. An avid champion of music education, he dedicates his work to inspire and train future musicians, seen through his countless work with school instrumental programs and youth orchestras, such as the East Texas Youth Orchestra program, which grew from 22 members to 120 members over the course of three years under his artistic direction. Currently, as music director of the Riverside Arts Academy, he oversees a team of instructors and staff that implement music education in the schools amongst a region with a population of 300,000 people.
Dr. Moon’s previous posts include the faculties at the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK), University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK), the Mid-Del school district and as music director and conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies. His recent posts have included Director of Orchestral Activities at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX), Artistic Director of the East Texas Youth Orchestras (Tyler, TX) and Music Director and Conductor of the Longview Symphony Orchestra (Longview, TX).
An avid instrumentalist, Moon actively performs as pianist and violist in the collaborative settings of chamber and orchestral music. He holds degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, New York University and the University of Oklahoma. The list of distinguished conductors Moon has studied with include Jonathan Shames, John Jeter, and, in masterclass, with world-renown conductor, Sergiu Comissiona. His piano studies have been guided by Jan Pokorny Steele, Lee Dai Wook, Dierdre O’Donohue, Ed Gates and noted Van Cliburn medalist, Valery Kuleshov while his viola studies have been with Ralph Morris and Matthew Dane.