Moira Smiley - Faculty

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This skilled creative collective could wrap their arms around the globe. Much respect, big hugs.

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Moira Smiley

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Her clarion voice and joyous, embodied performances have carried Moira and her songs around the planet and inspired millions of harmony singers to sing her songs. She’s immersed herself in early American, Irish and East European vocal traditions and seeks to honor the many powerful, cultural roles of singing beyond stage and microphone. She’s a much sought-after commissioned composer, with recent premieres at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Moira recently appeared with Tune-Yards on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live on KEXP At Home, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Chris Thile’s 65th St. Session. Her recent songwriting albums, ‘Unzip The Horizon’ and ‘In Our Voices’ feature richly layered vocals, percussive movement and guest appearances by Seamus Egan, Sam Amidon, Darrell Scott, Rising Appalachia and other musical leading lights. Alongside her performing and writing, Moira has taught at countless musical institutions, continues to develop new experiences for singers and loves to share music-making with singers of all experience levels. She recently moved from Los Angeles back to Vermont, where her banjo, accordion and shape-note songbooks feel very at home.

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