Diane Moore

If there is such a thing as a music gene, Diane Moore probably has it. Her mom’s insistence on practice was a big influence on her when Diane began piano lessons at age 9. “I’d rather have been outside playing, only she made me come in and practice. But I learned” she grins, “that if I practiced after supper, I could get out of washing dishes.”

She came to love making music and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in music education and a minor in piano. After she and her family moved to Arab in 1990, she played piano for nine years at Arab First UMC, then sang in the choir. Later, she served on the committee to find a new organist. After an extended search, she offered to learn to play the organ and apply, if the church funded a year of lessons. The offer was music to their ears.

So Diane came to the play the great Reuter organ donated to the church when it moved into its new building on North Main Street in 2000. The key to her playing, she says, whether organ or piano, is that she’s learned to “leave room on the bench for God.”

A native of Birmingham, Diane married David Moore in 1982. His work brought him to The Arab Tribune in 1990, and in June of 2013 he began publishing Good Life Magazines in Marshall and Cullman counties. Their son, Hunter, earned a degree in graphic art with a minor in marketing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is married and lives in Huntsville with their son.

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When not teaching piano at home or practicing the organ at church, her favorite pastime is to look out the window and drink iced tea. Naturally, it is even better with their dog Porter at her feet. She also loves reading, having dinner and movie “date nights” with David, and being with her friends.

If it’s almost teatime and you want some company, or you need to contact Diane about music or any “more stuff”, you can email her at organist@arabumc.org. Or call the church number at 256-520-3926.