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Audio Tour: Carlos Moseley
Carlos DuPré Moseley earned worldwide distinction in a long career as Managing Director, President, and Chairman of the Board of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. A recipient of South Carolina’s Order of the Palmetto, he was a founder of the Friends of the School of Music at Converse College and a generous patron of Converse, Wofford College, and the Chapman Cultural Center.
Moseley began serious study of the piano in New York, as a scholarship student of the noted concert pianist and teacher Olga Samaroff. In the summer of 1941, while a student at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, he performed with the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra under the direction of fellow student Leonard Bernstein.
Moseley joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1955 as director of public relations and became president in 1970, leading the Philharmonic through a period of tremendous growth. His years with the New York Philharmonic encompassed the Music Directorships of Dmitri Mitropoulos, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, and Zubin Mehta, and he conceived and put into operation the enormously successful free public concerts in the parks of New York City. In recognition of Moseley’s role in creating the free park concerts, the City of New York named its mobile outdoor concert shell and platform—large enough for a full orchestra and chorus—the “Carlos Moseley Music Pavilion.”
—Miles Hoffman, nationally renowned violist, artistic director, and NPR music commentator
Mr. Moseley’s mother was, for a time, Spartanburg’s Post Master.