We are saddened to learn of the passing of Roger D. Moore, who has been a great supporter of contemporary music in Canada for many years. A computer scientist and philanthropist, he was a well-known presence at Toronto musical events, often excited to share his knowledge of composers and artists. Roger generously supported the CMC’s Toronto Emerging Composers Award which had a dramatic impact on the artistic growth and career development of award alumni. It was often the case that Roger, in his humble way, enabled artists to be artists, allowing time and space to create and reflect—a rare gift.

In his last visit to the CMC, Roger shared a contented remark about the Toronto Emerging Composer Award having heard that the winning project from award alumnus Bekah Simms had been nominated for a 2019 JUNO. Reading statements from past TECA winners in recent days has been heartening: they offer a sincere appreciation for Roger’s role in their careers.

Roger’s support to musical creation in Canada will live on and resonate for many years.


Holly Nimmons
Director of Development and Communications
Phone: 416-961-6601 x105
Email: [email protected]


“Roger D. Moore’s life was like an opera with two distinct, equally impressive acts.

First, Mr. Moore, who died on March 21 in Toronto at the age of 79, was a pioneer in Canadian computing. As the “technical brains” of the Toronto-based company I.P. Sharp Associates, where he served as vice-president from 1964-1987, he helped design the type of cloud-computing and network technology that undergirds much of our modern, hyperconnected world…”