Meet Julietta Rabens-Moore, harpist and composer from Albuquerque, NM
On August 9, harpist and composer Julietta Rabens-Moore, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, will perform with DSO for the Meadow City Music Festival. Julietta writes intensely beautiful, often dark, songs for harp, piano, voice, and many other instruments. She has some very impressive credentials, having a doctorate degree in Music Composition, and a master's degree in Harp performance. She's also had works commissioned and performed by members of the Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
After exchanging a few emails about music with Julietta, she told me she had composed a cycle of songs based on text from Stephen King's novel "Carrie." Obviously, I was very intrigued by this. I am always happy to hear music with such interesting, dark origins. These songs are abstract, haunting pieces for piano and voice that explore the psychological breakdown depicted in "Carrie." You can listen to these pieces, entitled "Dirty Pillows," and more of her music on her Reverbnation page.
Julietta received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She received her master’s in harp from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She has had works commissioned and performed by members of the Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. She teaches at the New Mexico School of Music where she is chair of the theory and composition department. She teaches composition, harp, and piano to students, including those with special needs. Julietta is a harpist for the Arts-in-Medicine program and is the Executive Director of Healing Harps, Inc. She is a freelance performer and is harpist for the Bellissima duo with flutist Cathy Hawthorne-Perez.