Stephen L. Mosko

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Stephen "Lucky" Mosko
Born(1947-12-07)December 7, 1947
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Died(2005-12-05)December 5, 2005
Green Valley, Los Angeles County, California
GenresContemporary classical, world
Occupation(s)Composer, music director, teacher

Stephen L. (Lucky)[1][2] Mosko ((1947-12-07)December 7, 1947 - (2005-12-05)December 5, 2005) was an American composer. His music blended high modernism (including serialism) with world music,[3] and he was an expert in Icelandic folk music.[4] His, "seemingly contradictory," influences include uptown, downtown, and the West Coast school; including John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, and Mel Powell.[5]

Mosko studied with Antonia Brico, Donald Martino, Gustav Meier, Mel Powell, Leonard Stein, and Morton Subotnick.[6][7][8]

He was the music director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players from 1988 to 1997[9] and of the Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival's Contemporary Music Festival in 1984.[10] He was the director of the Ojai Music Festival in 1986[citation needed] and 1990.[11] He was married to Dorothy Stone, founding flutist of California EAR Unit.[8][12]

Notable students include composers Ann Millikan and Nicholas Frances Chase.


  • Indigenous Music (1998), The California EAR Unit
  • Composer Portrait Series: Stephen L. Mosko (2000), Southwest Chamber Music
Music director
  • For Samuel Beckett by Morton Feldman (1993), San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
  • Only: Works for Voice and Instruments by Morton Feldman (1996), Joan La Barbara and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players


  1. ^ Duckworth, William (1999). "Milton Babbitt", Talking Music: Conversations with John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Five Generations of American Experimental Composers, p.84. ISBN 9780306808937.
  2. ^ (Dec. 12, 2005). "Composer/conductor Stephen Mosko dead", UPI.
  3. ^ Tyranny, "Blue" Gene. "Indigenous Music" at AllMusic. Retrieved 09:04, 11 August 2013 (UTC).
  4. ^ (1996). "Liner notes", Only: Works for Voice and Instruments. New Albion.
  5. ^ von der Schmidt (2000). "Liner notes", Composer Portrait Series: Stephen L. Mosko. Southwest Chamber Music.
  6. ^ "Stephen 'Lucky' Mosko, 58; Composer Was a Mentor to New Music Performers", "".
  7. ^ "Dorothy Stone Mosko and Stephen Lucky Mosko Collection",
  8. ^ a b Woodard, Josef (1998). "Liner notes", Indigenous Music. oodiscs.
  9. ^ Ulrich, Allan (October 18, 1988), "Contemporary Debut: A new director, a new season of new music", San Francisco Examiner.
  10. ^ Mattison, Ben (13 Dec 2005). "New-Music Specialist Stephen Mosko Dies at 58", PlayBillArts.
  11. ^ Wager, Gregg (May 28, 1990). "Ojai Festival Keeps Cutting-Edge Tradition—With a Twist : Music: New director Stephen Mosko will replace the old and European standards with new and American fare.", LATimes.
  12. ^ Dec. 12, 2005. "Composer/conductor Stephen Mosko dead",

Further reading[edit]

  • Chute, James. 2001. "Mosko, Stephen". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.
  • Steingrímsson, Hreinn. Stone, Dorothy and Mosko, Stephen L. (eds.) (2000). Kvædaskapur: Icelandic Epic Song.

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