Fredric William Moses
MOSES, Fredric William Fredric William "Fritz" Moses, much loved husband, father, teacher, brother and friend died Wednesday, (July 8, 2009) with his soul mate and wife Erica at his side. He was born in Wolf Point, MT in 1943. He was an accomplished baritone singing in the United States and Europe and was Professor of Voice with the Hartt School at the University of Hartford at the time of his death. He is survived by his cherished children and step-children, Alita, 15, Oliver, 5, Vicky, 19 and Dylan, 14. He is also survived by his mother Marion Moses and brother and sister-in-law Tim and Joanne, all of California and his brother Jim and Bobbie of Wyoming. Fritz enjoyed a lifelong dedication to music, performing as a soloist with such conductors as Joshua Rifkin and Robert Shaw. In the U.S., he sang with the Detroit Symphony, Boston Bach Ensemble and Washington Cathedral Choral Society and abroad with the Stadttheater Trier, Stadttheater Oberhausen and London Contemporary Opera. Before Hartt, Fritz also taught at the University of Iowa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Fritz will live on by the music he provided to us all- by his voice and as teacher of many wonderful students. Fritz also was a gourmet cook, avid gardener, passionate tennis player and poet. Erica invites those who wish to celebrate Fritz's life to their home, 135 Richmond Lane, W. Hartford on Friday 4-8 p.m. A tribute to Fritz will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Masonicare Home Health and Hospice or Carepages.com.

Published by Hartford Courant on Jul. 9, 2009.
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I just heard the sad news tonight – many months removed from the immediate shock and sorrow. I know Erica and their wonderful family will carry forth Fritz's unmatched spirit of inner strength and outward vitality. I hope to see them soon as they live and flourish in his memory.
Claude Singer
March 18, 2010
The brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia would like to convey our deepest simpathy in your loss. Fredric was one of us in music and it certainly is a sad day for all of us.
(Beta Nu chapter, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA)
November 25, 2009
Dear Erica and Family - I went to Eastern Montana College of Education (now called Montana State) in Billings MT with Fritz and was in a musical "Our Town" with him & in Spanish Class with him. He was such a wonderful person, such a kind heart and gentle person. I know you will miss him so much. I was reminded of him when I just attended my Class Reunion in Billings and drove by MSU and wondered what he was doing. So I google searched and found his name at University of Hartford and searched further and found out about his passing. I know you have your wonderful memories of him. Roslyn (Roz) Russell
Roslyn Russell
October 1, 2009
Fritz was a great friend for many years, starting in 1969 as colleagues on the music faculty at the University of Northern Iowa and then we got together regularly when he was at teaching at Eastern Michigan University, Simpson College and University of Iowa.

I fondly remember going to the Detroit Auto Show with him followed by pizza and seeing the film Woodstock in downtown Detroit. We also saw the Godfather in Detroit the first weekend it opened. He had the most wonderful (and crazy) English Sheepdog at that time.

I have such wonderful memories spending a Christmas with him in Germany and the next August in London--where he generously put my plane ticket home on his Visa card when my pocket got picked on the underground with all my money and credit cards!

I lost track of Fritz after he left the University of North Carolina and The North Carolina School of the Arts and our careers and lives went in different directions. I wish I had known that he was at Hart School of Music because I was in Hartford twice the the last 4 years and would have so liked to have seen him again.

Just yesterday, I was describing him to my wife, telling her about his wonderful teaching, singing and work with Arnold Rose's concepts and methods.... and lamenting that we had lost contact. A Google search today brought this sad new of my old friends. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.


Jerry Pritchard, Professor Emeritus of Music
California State University, San Bernardino
August 10, 2009
Fritz was a great friend for many years, starting in 1969 as colleagues on the music faculty at the University of Northern Iowa and then we got together regularly when he was at teaching at Eastern Michigan University, Simpson College and University of Iowa.

I fondly remember going to the Detroit Auto Show with him followed by pizza and seeing the film Woodstock in downtown Detroit. We also saw the Godfather in Detroit the first weekend it opened. He had the most wonderful (and crazy) English Sheepdog at that time.

I have such wonderful memories spending a Christmas with him in Germany and the next August in London--where he generously put my plane ticket home on his Visa card when my pocket got picked on the underground with all my money and credit cards!

I lost track of Fritz after he left the University of North Carolina and The North Carolina School of the Arts and our careers and lives went in different directions. I wish I had known that he was at Hart School of Music because I was in Hartford twice the the last 4 years and would have so liked to have seen him again.

Just yesterday, I was describing him to my wife, telling her about his wonderful teaching, singing and work with Arnold Rose's concepts and methods.... and lamenting that we had lost contact. A Google search today brought this sad new of my old friends. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.


Jerry Pritchard, Professor Emeritus of Music
California State University, San Bernardino
Jerry Pritchard
August 10, 2009
Dear Erica and family,

Fritz Moses came to Las Vegas two times. The first time was in 1982 as guest soloist in a performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle by the Musical Arts Singers. As I recall, he was also very helpful in coaching my singers in that work. In 1991 he returned to Las Vegas to sing the solos in Mozart’s Thamos, Konig in Aegypten and the Theresienmesse by Haydn in a performance by the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society.
Amy Cofield and Fritz had been soloists in a performance of the Mozart and Haydn works at the Classical Seminar in Einsenstadt, Austria, which I attended during the summer of 1991. After hearing them sing, I invited both to come to Las Vegas and perform with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society in the fall.

I was impressed by Fritz’s coaching abilities in the Rossini Messe Solennelle and in his outstanding solo work in both Mozart and Haydn works. I found him a very gifted teacher in bringing the Rossini performance to life.

I was saddened to hear Fritz had passed on. He was a gentle, very nice person, and know how much he will be missed.
douglas Peterson
August 2, 2009
I am very saddened to learn of Fritz Moses' passing. I studied with Fritz for four years from 1995 to 1999 at Hartt. Although he probably didn't know it, he was somewhat of a father-figure for me during college and I feel guilty that I never kept in contact with him after I graduated. He influenced every part of who I am today, from my vocal technique to my sense of personal responsibility and ethics to my pedagogical methods with my own students. Although I only ever knew Alita, I wish the best to his family and I hope they know how much his existence on this earth affected others in a positive and lasting way.

Rob Glaubitz
Rob Glaubitz
July 24, 2009
I am tremendously saddened today to learn of Fritz's untimely death.

Fritz was a hugely important person in my life. I met him in 1992, when I was in my mid-20s, when he sang in a concert at Emory University, where I had recently graduated from college. Ann Jones, who had been my choir director there, introduced us. I remember being compelled by his singing, and later, by his very life force.

In the studio, Fritz was brilliant and energizing (although I know he'd laugh to hear anyone say that, master of irony that he was). He forever changed my posture with his "hip joint release" standing - I still use it daily in my own singing and teaching.

Fritz lived fully and never took anything for granted, and since knowing him, I have always aspired to do the same. I will miss him tremendously, but it makes me happy to know that there are three Moses children to carry on his legacy. Erika, my thoughts and meditations will be with you for the long days and months to come.

I will do everything I can to get to the tribute service in the fall.

Jane Potter Baumer
Jane Baumer
July 20, 2009
Dear Erica,

My name is Sean Burton and I was a student of Mr. Moses from 1998-2000 during the latter part of my undergraduate degree at Hartt. As far as I know I was the only music education major Mr. Moses ever accepted into his studio and I am forever grateful for his willingness to teach me. When I learned of Mr. Moses' passing I was incredibly saddened, especially since he was so young. I lost both my grandparents in the last month though they were 89 and 94 and were most definitely at the conclusion of their own journeys in life. I felt so angry at whatever higher power that Mr. Moses passed "before his time" though I do take some solace, and hope you can too, knowing that Mr. Moses lived his life to the fullest and that he positively influenced so many individuals. At any rate, as soon as I learned of Mr. Moses' passing and executed a guick Google search, I discovered and acquired a copy of his recording of David MacBride's "Night" on the Albany label. That recording arrived in the mail yesterday and I listened to it three times this morning...so many wonderful memories/influences came to mind just from hearing Mr. Moses' voice once more and that legacy will live on forever to be sure. Lastly, I want to offer a sense of unending hope and kindness to you and your family at what I know is and will continue to be a trying time.

Only the best for you,

Sean
Sean Burton
July 15, 2009
Dear Erica and family,
My heart goes out to you all. Fritz was not only my teacher and the one to whom I give credit for transforming my singing and my teaching, but he was a dear friend and mentor. I can’t begin to express how strongly he impacted my life and how sad I am not to have seen him in the last couple of years. Just a few weeks ago I was singing Violetta’s Act 1 aria and cabaletta for a soiree benefit. The hostess of the event took video of it and when I watched it later, I thought how much Fritz would appreciate seeing how “released” I was and how his past work with me has continued to make such a difference in my performance. I had planned to send it to him as soon as it was available and to thank him again. I am so sad that I didn’t have that opportunity. Fritz was an incredibly generous man as he tirelessly shared his gifts, talents and insights – and they were many. I believe that he will live on in those many lives that he touched.
My thoughts and prayers are with you,
Amy
Amy Cofield Williamson
July 15, 2009
To the family of Fredric Moses:

I majored in Voice at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Fritz was my primary voice teacher when I gratuated in 1987. He was my mentor. He inspired me in ways that, at the time, I never knew existed. His patience, his compassion, his sense of humor and his intelligence influenced me greatly. I was extremely saddened to hear of his passing and want you all to know he will be missed, but never forgotten. He left an indelible mark on all those he came in contact with - his students, his family and his friends. May the Lord Bless You and Keep You.
Kerry Coward
July 12, 2009
To all of Fritz's family, my sincere condolences. His positive ideas have always inspired me.
Kyle Swann
July 11, 2009
Dear Frederic Moses Family:

It was my great fortune to know "Dr. Fritz" while pursuing an undergraduate organ degree at North Carolina School of the Arts (1986-88). It was a joy to accompany the Cantata Singers Chorale conducted by Dr. Fritz and to enjoy his company in Europe the summers of 1987 and 1988. I last accompanied Dr. Moses June, 2001 at Saint John the Divine in NYC when he was the bass soloist for Durufle's Requiem.

I will fondly remember his tremendous love of music and his great desire to inspire young musicians. Please know my life was greatly enriched by his musical influence. He was a gifted compassionate teacher.

My deepest expression of sympathy to you, his family, who experience the greater loss.

Fondly,

Timothy Belk
Director of Music Ministries and Organist
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Gastonia, North Carolina
July 10, 2009
To all who knew and loved Fritz,

I am so sorry to learn of Fritz's passing this evening, especially knowing the long, hard fought battle he waged.

Having just arrived as dean at the Hartt School, I did not have the opportunity to personally get to know him, his musicianship, or his passionate love of teaching. However, I've already seen and heard of the impact his life and work have had on so many people at the University of Hartford. From that secondhand knowledge, it is quite clear that he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this difficult time.
Aaron Flagg
July 10, 2009
To all of Fritz' friends and family - My most sincere condolences. Fritz will always be one of the biggest influences in my life. He was an inspiration and a mentor to me. I feel truly blessed to have known and worked with him.
Abigail Baker
July 10, 2009
Dear Erica,

Words cannot express my sadness at the loss of my mentor, teacher and friend. I feel truly blessed to have been touched by his life, and I know his legacy will live on through you, his children, and all the many students who were fortunate enough to study with this true musician and artist. My life has been forever changed by Fritz Moses, and I will never forget him.

Love,
Michelle (Marinelli) Prindle
Michelle Prindle
July 10, 2009
Erica and the Moses family,
Fritz was a truly wonderful person, I was a vocal student at the Hartt School several years ago and he was an inspiration to who all who worked with him. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family through this difficult time.
My deepest sympathy,

Kelly
Kelly Gallagher-Bourque
July 9, 2009
My dear Erica,

Fritz's struggle is finally over. He will live on forever through his music, his students, his children and the memories he created with your friends and family. You and your children are so very lucky to have had this talented, kind, loving man in your lives.
Barbara Friedman
July 9, 2009
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