Gladys Smuckler Moskowitz

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Gladys Smuckler Moskowitz (born 1928) is an American singer, composer and teacher. She graduated from Brooklyn College with bachelor's and master's degrees, and worked as a teacher, choir director and composer. As Gladys Young she performed in the United States and Europe as a folk singer.[1] [2] In 2003 her chamber opera The Fountain of Youth, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," won a special commendation at the Nancy Van de Vate International Opera Competition for Women. Her music is performed internationally.[3]


Moskowitz is known for songs and chamber opera. Selected works include:

  • Grass, on a poem by Carl Sandburg
  • Chicken Little, The Sky Is Falling! A Satirical Chamber Opera, performed by Bluegrass Chamber Orchestra and Opera, Lexington, Kentucky, 2009.
  • More than a Voice
  • The Fountain of Youth, chamber opera
  • Three Love Songs on Poems of Sara Teasdale: "Joy"; "Advice to a Girl"; "Gifts." Premiere in New York City, 2008.[4]
  • Psalm 23, for piano, oboe, cello and voice
  • The Masque of the Red Death, music drama in two acts after Poe
  • The Buried Life, for mezzo-soprano and piano
  • Three Songs of Passion, for piano, flute, cello, and voice; on poems by Cheryl Yuzik


  1. ^ IAWM journal: Volumes 9-10; Volumes 9-10. International Alliance for Women in Music. 2003. 
  2. ^ International directory of contemporary music: Instrumentation. Contemporary Music International Information Service. 2000. 
  3. ^ "Gladys Smuckler Moskowitz". Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Composer's page at