Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kiersten Moser is a graduate from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance. She had an introduction to music in her 6th Grade Orchestra at age 11, starting first with the viola simply because it was different! A year later, having fallen in love with music (no one had to tell her to practice!), she tried her hand at composing, which kick-started her career in music and launched her into studying violin at Barthelmes Conservatory up until she graduated high school.
Kiersten was an active student during her years at the University. Having a passion for early music and historical performance, she initiated the TU Early Music Ensemble in the Fall of 2013, which specialized in the performance of music written before 1750. In the same year, she also began studying composition formally. In 2014, she received instruction from Noam Faingold in the Midtown School of Arts, collaborating with and working side-by-side in recording session with members from the Tulsa Camerata. From 2014 to 2016, Kiersten served as first violinist of the TU String Quartet. As a member of the quartet, she had the opportunity to receive master instruction from visiting ensembles such as the Takács Quartet, as well as compete in and win the TU-Chamber Music Tulsa Heckman Award Competition. This achievement allowed her to teach and perform in the TU Chamber Music Camp in the Summer of 2016, where she also gave a joint composition recital with Kansas City-based composer Matt Magerkurth. In the Fall of 2014, Kiersten served as concertmaster for the TU Symphony Orchestra. That year, Kiersten also competed in the Concerto Aria Competition and was one of four candidates who won, giving her the chance to perform the first movement of Barber’s Violin Concerto at the annual TU President’s Concert. In the following year, her piece “Moonscape” was premiered at the Gilcrease Museum’s “Soundscapes and Landscapes”. Additionally, her song cycle “Palace” won the Bela Rosza Composition Competition and was performed in the Bela Rosza Memorial Concert in February of 2016.
Kiersten currently performs with the Signature and Bartlesville Symphonies, as well as with the band at Temple Israel and Trinity Presbyterian Owasso. An active composer, she recently composed an electronic piece for the OK Electric Festival in March 2019 including visuals inspired by 90s backyard nostalgia and the memories of her youth. She has also recently completed a piece for string quartet and harp for the 10th anniversary of the Swedish audiovisual project iamamiwhoami that will be released as a part of a larger collective project on an EP entitled ECHOES OF OUR PAST in December 2019.
Kiersten has been an instructor with the The bART Center for Music since the Fall of 2016. Her style of teaching is primarily Suzuki-based. Kiersten believes that making an emotional connection to the music and strengthening the musical ear is one of the most important things in being a performer, and fostering correct technique is not overlooked in this, but heavily implemented. In her lessons, she also has a strong emphasis on focused and effective practice sessions. As a composer, she believes that students should have an approach to playing that seeks to understand and interpret musical direction.
In her free time, Kiersten likes to do a variety of things! She loves hanging out with her husband, spending time outside, photography, calligraphy, and — of course — listening to music.