A pianist, composer, conductor, and educator, Moody brings vast musical experience as well as knowledge to her music, making it much more than pop or background music while staying accessible and easy to grasp. Emotionally rich and full of grace, the music is soothing and calming yet complex enough to reveal new things each time it is heard. Her music is both deeply personal and universally understandable.
As an undergraduate, Kate studied piano performance at Sonoma State University before going on to graduate work in composition at the New England Conservatory. Kate continues to be actively involved in music education offering piano lessons, composition instruction and general music studies at Kate Moody Music Studio in Lafayette, California. Her instructional book, Playing & Composing Around the Circle of Fifths, is available from CoCo Lounge Presents. Kate is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California and the Music Teachers National Association.
Kate's first album, Grateful Heart, enjoyed great success with international air play on over 200 radio stations. Originally released on the Frog Rock label, and rereleased in Spring, 2005, Grateful Heart is eleven tracks of contemporary instrumental music featuring piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, bass and percussion on ten originals and one arrangement, Vince Guaraldi's Skating.
Kate's recording of her full-length symphonic work, The Seeker, winner of the Best Instrumental Album award at the 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Awards, is now available on CD. The symphony is in four movements: "Wake-Up Call," "River of Love," "Angels & Eskimos," and "Shining Through." Stewart Kershaw, conductor of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, says: "The Seeker is ... the marriage of Classical and New Age. ... River of Love brings harmony of human feelings. This is music that will warm the human spirit."