Dr. Mike Moss
Dr. Myron "Mike" Moss was the Music Program Director at Drexel University, and conductor of the Concert Band and Pep Band. Under his leadership, the Drexel band presented themed programs featuring significant repertoire, with faculty and student soloists, and performed five premieres of new works.
The Drexel Concert Band is an ensemble of 60-70 auditioned performers, all of whom are majoring in fields other than music. With no music major (though Drexel has an exceptional Music Industry Program), the Drexel Music Program provides artist-level courses and ensembles, as well as performing arts scholarships, for students across the entire university.
"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."
Dr. Moss was engaged in the study and presentation of music by African American composers for over twenty years. His dissertation, Concert Band Music by African-American Composers, 1927–1998, won the Fritz Thelen Award for the best doctoral dissertation on a band music subject written between 1999 and 2005. He selected the entire program and guest conducted on the Keystone Winds’ CD “Out of the Depths” devoted to works by black composers. As Chair of the College Band Directors National Association committee on Gender and Ethnic Issues, he initiated the consortium that commissioned Valerie Coleman’s Umoja and Roma.
Before joining Drexel, Dr. Moss was director of bands and the music department chair at Southern Connecticut State University.