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Myron “Mike” Moss Memorial Fund

Myron “Mike” Moss Memorial Fund

The Myron "Mike" Moss Memorial Fund supports Drexel University students pursuing projects in music or collaborative projects in the performing arts, including further study and support for performances. Mike's career was defined by deep engagement with student and faculty intellectual curiosity and a particular concern for ethnic and gender fairness. His memorial fund supports projects that embody his spirit.


EVENTS

Kiss Me Kate

Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 PM

Mandell Theater | 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Tickets are free; however, donations to the Mike Moss Memorial Fund are strongly encouraged.

Joining together to celebrate the life of one of Drexel’s great professors, the Department of Performing Arts brings a music, theatre, and dance collaboration of Kiss Me Kate, a Cole Porter musical, as a benefit for the Mike Moss Memorial Fund.  Dr. Mike Moss was the Drexel Concert Band director for 6 years, until his untimely death in the summer of 2012.

Conceptualized to be a true collaboration of music, theatre and dance, Kiss Me Kate, is a true showcase of the Department of Performing Arts, as envisioned by Dr. Mike Moss.  Nick Anselmo, Director of the Drexel Theatre Program, reflects, “I had spoken with Mike Moss about this and he was really excited about the idea.  Mike was a very collaborative and supportive person.  We talked about trying to find the right project and he asked me to give him a year to come up with something, and unfortunately he passed away before we could get it together.”

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In the tradition of New York’s famed City Center Encore series Kiss me Kate will be presented as a concert reading, with actors carrying scripts, but there will be great dance numbers choreographed by Dr. Miriam Giguere and a 20-piece orchestra conducted by Dr. Wesley Broadnax.  The show will be directed by Peter Reynolds who is the director of the musical theater program at Temple University.  Mr. Reynolds has directed Urinetown, The Musical and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Drexel in the past. 

Audience members will find themselves immersed in this show within a show as a troupe of actors actors performs a musical version of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Their onstage characters mirror the hilarious drama backstage that includes romance, infidelity and of course gangsters.


HOW TO MAKE A DONATION

To make a donation to the Myron “Mike” Moss Memorial Fund – Westphal College

  • Go to deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/GOL/giftsonline1.asp
  • Enter the total amount of your gift
  • Under “I would like my gift to be designated to” choose “Other”
  • Type in : “Mike Moss Memorial Fund – Westphal College”

Or send checks to Performing Arts Office at 3141 Chestnut Street, 98-2018 Performing Arts, Philadelphia PA 19104 signed to DREXEL UNIVERSITY. Please include “Myron “Mike” Moss Memorial Fund – Westphal College” in the memo line.

Dr. Mike Moss

Dr. Mike Moss

MEMORIES

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.