Kelly Moran

Kelly Moran is collaborating with Tara Sheena composing original music for her solo and group work.


Kelly Moran, b. 1988, is a composer, performer, improviser, sound designer and multimedia artist from Long Island, New York.  In May 2010 she completed her undergraduate degree in Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where she studied piano with Stephen Rush and Louis Nagel and composition with Bright Sheng and Erik Santos.  Kelly was granted a fellowship to study Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology at the University of California-Irvine, where she is currently pursuing her MFA. One of the winners of the 2009 New Music On the Block Competition, her song “jeu de nuage fumé” will be released later this year on iTunes through the University of Michigan’s Block M record label.  She has recently received composition commissions from oboist Rachel Van Amburgh and choreographer Susan Thiel.

As a pianist, Kelly has given multiple recitals of contemporary piano repertoire specializing in works by John Cage, John Adams, George Crumb, Henry Cowell and Philip Glass.  A growing passion for improvisation has led to her participation in the University of Michigan’s Creative Arts Orchestra and a development of compositional techniques involving automatism.

An interest in composition for dancers has propelled several collaborations.  In addition to creating music for dance pieces for her own senior thesis, Kelly has composed for numerous BFA and MFA concerts at the University of Michigan.  Her most recent work will be showcased at the New Slate MFA concert in collaboration with choreographers at the University of California-Irvine in December 2010.

Her debut album, Microcosms, is available for purchase via