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Martha Mooke


Martha Mooke (b. 1963, New York City) is an American composer specializing in the field of the electric five-string viola/violin.

Martha Mooke graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, and earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Ms. Mooke has developed a unique musical voice by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation, while retaining the depth and soul of the instrument. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she is a leading clinician on electric strings and alternative approaches to playing including the use of electronics, extended techniques and improvisation. She is in demand for her innovative educational programs, presenting at ASTA, JEN, NAMM, Midwest Clinic and numerous Music Educators Association National and Regional Conferences. A recipient of the ASTA Kudos Award for "helping extend the boundaries in string music and education" she is endorsed by Composers and Schools in Concert and is a member of the Grammy Camp Basic Training (Grammy in the Schools) committee.

She has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer and Arts International and multiple Fellowships at the MacDowell Colony. Recent commissions include Invisible Hands for the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra; Beats Per Revolutio for electric viola, beatboxer and chamber ensemble (Symphony Space, NYC); and e-chi for electric viola and percussion quartet. Besides her catalog of works for solo and ensemble electric strings, she has composed music for film, theater and ballet including the motion pictures Girl on a Bed and Fading Light.

Recent composer residencies include Kingswood Oxford School, Hartford, Conn.; St. George's School, Vancouver, BC; and DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

Ms. Mooke received an ASCAP 2001 Concert Music Award for creating and producing ASCAP's new music showcase THRU THE WALLS featuring composer/performers whose work defies categorization.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 426.
  • Martha Mooke website - Accessed 3 September 2017