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DR. MYRON D., beloved music program director and Associate Professor at Drexel University, passed away suddenly July 2, 2012 after suffering a massive heart attack. Mike was a master teacher and a talented orchestra and band conductor. He was a gentle, charming, kind man who touched the lives of many students and colleagues. As a scholar, Mike was nationally known for his work on African-American composers, specifically related to band repertoire.
Before coming to Drexel, he was music department chair and director of bands at Southern Connecticut State University. He was an invited guest conductor at Yale, the Hartt School, and the University of Michigan. Mike conducted the Keystone Winds' CD "Out of the Depths" devoted to works by Black composers. His University of Michigan Ph.D. dissertation, "Concert Band Music by African-American Composers, 1927-1998," won the Fritz Thelen Award for the best doctoral dissertation worldwide on a concert band music subject written between 1999 and 2005. His band arrangement of Gabriel Fauré's Chant Funéraire was recorded by the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble on a 2006 GIA release and has been played by elite groups across the country. Earlier this year Mike conducted an outstanding performance at the Kimmel Center of the Drexel Concert Band playing music by African-American composers.
Mike is survived by his parents, Sonya Kleider and Robert I. Moss, and his sister Aleta McClelland and nephews Daniel and Kian. Funeral services will be held privately on Friday. Family will receive visitors and observe Shiva on Sunday, July 8, 5-9 P.M. at the home of Charles and Peggy Morscheck, 610-247-6247.


Published on Philly.com on July 6, 2012
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