Thomas D. Moore had battled kidney cancer for more than a year
BY JAMES H. BURNETT III
Thomas D. Moore, a world-renowned violin teacher and Barry University music professor, died Tuesday evening at his Miami home, following a year-long battle with kidney cancer.
The Miami Herald published a profile of Moore on New Year’s Eve, after dozens of his former students, some of them now well-known classical musicians in their own right, returned to South Florida on just a few days notice to perform a final concert for Moore.
The tribute, dubbed the “Thomas Moore Celebratory Concert,” and Moore’s almost familial relationship with his students drew comparisons to the 1995 film Mr. Holland’s Opus, about a music teacher who dedicated his life to his students over a 30-year span.
Moore, 72, taught music for more than 50 years.
In an interview on his birthday – the day of the tribute concert – he estimated that he had taught up to 2,000 students in his lifetime.
Among his many academic positions, Moore established the Bergonzi String Quartet-in-residence at the University of Miami, was professor emeritus at UM, was professor of violin and chamber music at the New World School of the Arts, and was a professor of violin and chamber music at the University of Wisconsin.
Moore also performed as a soloist and concert master across Europe, the former Soviet Union, Canada, South America, and the U.S. He was concert master for the Nico Malan Opera House in Capetown, South Africa, where he established that country’s first multi-racial stringed music program.