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MORSS--Anthony Wentworth

87, of NYC died quietly on Monday, August 6. He is survived by his brother, Everett Morss and wife, Pamela, of Gloucester, MA, brother Strafford Morss and his wife, Irene, of Bonita Springs, FL and his sister, Anne Morss Combs of Los Angeles, CA and numerous nieces and nephews. His wife, Carolyn, predeceased him in 2006. Anthony, born in Boston, graduated from Groton School and Harvard College. He studied Musicology and Conducting at the New England Conservatory and National Orchestra Association in NYC. While still a student he was chosen by Leopold Stokowski to be his Choral Master and Associate Conductor for his Symphony of the Air. This success led to the position of Chorus Master of the American Opera Center at Juilliard, Music Director of the Majorca and Saragossa Symphonies in Spain, followed by the Norwalk Symphony in the USA. Maestro Morss has guest conducted the Madrid, Barcelona, Marseilles and Cape Town Symphonies, as well as the Tampa Bay Opera, the New York Lyric Opera, the National Grand Opera and many others. In addition to his symphonic posts, Anthony has served as Music Director for the New York State Opera Company, Verismo Opera, The Maine Opera, Asociacion Pro- Zarzuela en America, Eastern Opera Theater of New York and the Lubo Opera Company of New Jersey. Maestro Morss was appointed the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera in 1995. Maestro Morss was given The Lifetime Achievement Award and remained their Emeritus Music Director and Principle Conductor. In 2018 Anthony received the first Walter Damrosch Award from the Musicians Club of New York. Tony had a vast knowledge of History and the Arts - specifically Symphonic and Opera music. This he eagerly shared with his many friends; One of whom recently stated, "Tony is a walking encyclopedia." His cheerfulness and brilliance will be sorely missed by his friends and family. A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on September 29th at St Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, 552 West End Avenue, NYC, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Musicians Club of NY, 360 Cabrini Blvd., Apt 1D, NYC, NY 10040.

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Published in New York Times on Aug. 19, 2018.
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August 25, 2018
I worked with Maestro Morss in a few productions in NYC. I really enjoyed singing with him. He was a good conductor and a pleasant person to collaborate with. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
Celeste Mann
August 19, 2018
A truly great musician, scholar, wit, and human being. It was a privilege to know him. Condolences to his family and many friends.
Linda Cantoni
August 19, 2018
I had the privilege of meeting Tony when he visited family in Bonita Springs, FL. For several years he would entertain a small group of lucky friends and neighbors with a mini concert in Bonita as only he could. If Tony was not entertaining us with his musical talent, he would keep us amazed with his vast knowledge and enjoyable wit. He was a handsome and charming person. He will always be remembered because he was a very special person. Thank you Strafford and Irene for sharing him with your friends!
Veronica Rance
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