Anthony Mosakowski (b. 1970) is a composer of growing reputation in the Philadelphia area. His numerous compositions include works for a wide variety of media and audiences. Mosakowski’s special interests include choral and electroacoustic music. In addition to several shorter choral works, his compositions include a setting of the Old English poem The Seafarer for soprano soloist, chorus, and small orchestra and a Latin mass for choir and Javanese gamelan. He has received particular success for his setting of the St. John Passion titled The Passion for Good Friday. Mosakowski’s works also include chamber music, electroacoustic pieces based on ﬁeld recordings of water and trains, several songs for solo voice and piano, and a concertino for ﬂute and small orchestra titled Once Was Wood.
A native of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Mosakowski received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where he studied composition with Maurice Wright, Matthew Greenbaum, and Richard Brodhead; and where he was active in the choral and early music ensembles. In 1995 he traveled to England where he later earned a Ph.D. in composition under the supervision of Fabrice Fitch at the University of Durham.
While at Durham, in addition to being an active composer and performer, Mosakowski conducted the university’s new music group and directed the Durham University Chamber Choir for the 1997–1998 academic year which included a performance at York Minster and a concert tour of Poland.
Currently, he is a music teacher and choral director at Villa Maria Academy High School for girls in Malvern, PA, where he teaches courses in music theory, music technology, ear training, music appreciation, and applied voice; and directs the Concert Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and Handbell Choir. Mosakowski has also taught aural theory at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is sought after as a tenor soloist and section leader by choirs and other performers in the Philadelphia region.