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Helping others find a voice is what Jeff Moore does through his work
Jeff Moore, 25Home: Nashua
Birthplace: Newton, Mass.
High school: Nashua High School South
College/post grad degrees: B.A., Boston University, 2010; M.S., Boston University, in progress
Current job: Co-director, North Main Music
Key past positions held: Independent music instructor; intern for presidential campaign and entertainment promotions firm
Volunteer activities: Rotary Club, Lions Club, Music Movement Association board member, New England Music Festival and competition board member. Volunteered, organized, or performed for the Nancy O Fund, Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County, Nashua Senior Center, Nashua Public Library, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Most admired person (outside your family): Mike McAdam, Tim Ferris, Kurt Warner, and anyone who has overcome adversity to do what they love or finds the time to give back to their community.
Key current professional challenge: Continuing to develop new, exciting programs for our students at North Main Music as we grow. Not every student is going to turn into a professional musician, but we are always challenging ourselves to create the kind of engaging, supportive environment that will help our students succeed in music and in life.
Last major achievement: Being profiled in Berklee Press was incredible, but watching my students achieve, gain confidence, and give back to the community is a remarkable feeling. I feel so fortunate to work with an amazing group of gifted, community-minded students such as Alex Fansel, who organizes incredible fundraisers, Aaralyn and Izzy Oneil, who performed live at Radio City Music Hall on NBC, and too many more to mention!
Two peers who know you well: Jacob Wen at Emerson College and Evan Hedrich at Electric Power Systems
Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: We have a serious problem with graduates obtaining their degrees and leaving the state. We need to work together to make New Hampshire more appealing to the workforce.
Favorite place in New Hampshire: I love the vast beauty of New Hampshire’s more rural communities, and you can’t beat lunch at Parker’s Family Restaurant in Chichester!
What book are you reading now? "Switch" by Chip and Dan Heath
How do you relax? Music, reading, cycling.
What websites do you visit most often? Along with the Union Leader and other local websites, I visit CNN, Tim Ferris’ Blog, LifeHacker, and various news and sports websites.
Favorite TV show, radio station or musical artist: Music - Journey, Third Eye Blind, Maroon 5, Art Tatum, and I’ve also been getting into Scott Bradlee’s "Postmodern Jukebox" recently. TV - "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Entourage," and most things on Paladia.
As co-director of North Main Music, one of New Hampshire's premier music schools with locations in Nashua and Bedford, Moore is turning talented teens into powerhouse performers.
"Not every student is going to turn into a professional musician, but we are always challenging ourselves to create the kind of engaging, supportive environment that will help our students succeed in music and in life," said Moore, 25, of Nashua. " … Watching my students achieve, gain confidence and give back to the community is a remarkable feeling."
Moore is a graduate of Nashua High School South and Boston University, and he studied under eight-time Grammy Award winner Gary Burton at the Berklee College of Music.
In addition to co-directing at North Main Music, he also is active with the Music Movement Association board, New England Music Festival and has volunteered, organized or performed at various benefits for the Nancy O Fund, Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County, Nashua Senior Center, Nashua Public Library and more.
"There are people that cross our paths in life who, in a short period of time, give so much. Jeff is one of those people with his outstanding talent, gift of friendship, positive attitude and determination to make every performance one not to be forgotten," said Shirley Haywood of the Atria Kennebunk Assisted Living Community.
Moore has worked with prominent producers such as New Hampshire's Peter Peloquin (Dave Matthew's Band, Oasis and Alice in Chains), and has performed on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the historic Paradise Rock Club in Boston.
Despite his own successes at such a young age, Moore says the most rewarding part of his career is working with amazing and gifted students such as Aaralyn and Izzy Oneil, who previously performed live at Radio City Music Hall on NBC as semifinalists on America's Got Talent, season eight.
"In Jeff's time working with my kids, I have seen an incredible improvement in not only their music playing and knowledge, but in their confidence and stage presence," said Jason Oneil, father of Aaralyn, 6, and Izzy, 9. "Jeff has the rare ability to inspire the self-esteem necessary to learn, perform, overcome challenges and surpass goals."
According to Oneil, Moore's patience and enthusiasm helped his children find their voice and share it with the world.
John Ogrodowczyk, founder of the Nancy O Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, described Moore as a true treasure for the state. Moore has performed for many charitable shows, helping underprivileged children experience the magic of the performing arts, said Ogrodowczyk.
Previously, Moore was named the most popular accordionist in the nation at the Coupe Moandiale World Accordion Championships in 2008 and was recently profiled in Berklee Press as one of the country's premier music teachers.
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