Associate Director of Programming for the Chautauqua Institution

“People of all ages need multiple ways to experience the world – the arts give us each a unique yet shared opportunity to feel, understand, respond to and express ourselves as we explore the best in human values.”

Deborah Sunya Moore is percussionist and arts educator, has a long history as an advocate of performing arts programs for youth and persons with disabilities. Deborah is currently the Associate Director of Programming for the Chautauqua Institution and a National Workshop Leader for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Previously, Ms. Moore held the positions of Arts Education & Community Engagement Specialist and Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (2010-2013). She served as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Louisville Orchestra 2004 – 2009 and performs regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony (NY). She was the artistic director (1999-2005) and percussionist (1996-2003) of Tales & Scales, a nationally touring instrumental quartet for youth. With Tales & Scales, Deborah commissioned and performed “musictales” for thousands of children and families in schools and theaters, and with symphonies such as the Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis, Phoenix, and Indianapolis symphony orchestras. Deborah was selected for the Hermitage Artist Retreat 2013-2014 and became a speaker for the United States Department of State in 2014, representing the USA in Trinidad as a performer and speaker for Trinidad’s 2014 Arts & Disabilities Conference.

Deborah serves as an arts educator and consultant, having led Educator and Artist Training Workshops for organizations such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Florida State University, Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Boise Symphony, United States Marine Band and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has developed and taught longer arts integrated courses for classroom teachers for organizations such as the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Kravis Center (FL), the Jefferson Country Public Schools (KY) and the Peace Center (NC). Deborah was named a National Workshop Leader for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance and an individual major, Performance and Education in Related Arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master’s of education curriculum and instruction from the University of Cincinnati.