Myron Moss, 60, Drexel music scholar

Myron D. Moss
Myron D. Moss
Posted: July 07, 2012

Myron D. "Mike" Moss, 60, of Ardmore, music program director and associate professor at Drexel University, died Monday, July 2, at Bryn Mawr Hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Mr. Moss was a scholar of concert band music by African American composers. His University of Michigan doctoral dissertation on the subject won the 2006 Fritz Thelen Prize, an international award for wind music research.

In February, he conducted the Drexel University Concert Band at the Kimmel Center, performing various works by black composers.

"Mike was a master teacher and a talented orchestra and band conductor," said Allen Sabinson, dean of Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. "He was a charismatic man who touched the lives of many students and colleagues at Drexel."

Before joining Drexel, Mr. Moss was director of bands and the music department chair at Southern Connecticut State University.

Mr. Moss is survived by his parents, Sonya Kleider and Robert I. Moss; a sister, Aleta McClelland; and two nephews.

Funeral services were held privately Friday. His family will receive visitors and observe shivah on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the home of Charles and Peggy Morscheck, 821 Clifford Ave., Ardmore.

Drexel's Westphal College will hold a memorial at a later date.

Donations may be made to the music program at Westphal College, payable to Drexel University, with "Dr. Moss Music Program" on the memo line, and mailed to the Office of Institutional Advancement, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19104.


Contact Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or bmoran@phillynews.com, or follow @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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