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    Diane Moser works as a featured performer and composer throughout the US with jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, dance companies, theater companies and film. She is the musical director/pianist/contributing composer of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, a seventeen-piece big band formed for the purpose of developing and presenting new music for big bands. Presenting monthly concerts beginning in January of 1997, the band features the music of its thirteen resident composers, and has featured over 100 guest composers and performers as well. Since 1999, she has lead her quintet, The Diane Moser Quintet, and was awarded a grant in 2003 through Chamber Music America’s “New Works: Creation and Presentation" to compose an extended work for her quintet, “Music for The Last Flower”, based on the book by James Thurber. She has been a featured performer and composer with Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Gerry Hemingway, Howard Johnson, Oliver Lake, Charles McPherson, Diamanda Galas, Yale Strom, Andrew Cyrille, poets Marilyn Mohr and Bill Zavatsky, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Tri-City Symphony, The Drifters and many others. She has received numerous awards for composition and recording from: New Music USA, Meet The Composer, American Music Center, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and is a fellow of The MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. A member of the core faculty at New School Jazz since 2006, she has also taught and subbed for the following classes: Linear Composition, Composers Forum, Contemporary Jazz and Its Exponents, Ear Training, The Stone Workshops, Independent Study Projects and lessons, and has directed special projects such as: Sound In Time and Place: Music and Architecture, Sound In Time and Place: Exploring The Sound in the Silence, Flash Mob, and Composers Forum: Composing Outside of the “Jazz Box” for the 2012 John Cage Festival. Since 2012 she has been on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Music Composition Program (Montpelier,VT). For more information please go to dianemosermusic.com.