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Richard Henry Moryl
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    2133 N Hillside Dr.
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“Hi Ellen,What a shock it was for me to read that the Spotlight Concert Series this year is dedicated to the memory of Richard Moryl. I did not know...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Mindelle Seltzer - Charleston, SC

“Dear Ellen, together with June I would like to extend to you our most heartfelt condolences on the death of your beloved husband Richard. We did not...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Mariano La Via - Charleston, SC

“Ellen, I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Marcus Gethers - Charleston, SC

“Dear Ellen,Larry and I are saddened to hear of your True Love's passing. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.Fondly,Sam & Larry Shirley ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sam & Larry Shirley - Charleston, SC

“Your legacy will be like the light of a candle for many ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Maria Cordova Salinas - SC

“Dear Ellen, I was very sad to hear about Richard's passing. I know he has not been well for sometime and I also know that you have been by his side...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Maria Cordova Salinas - SC

“Thinking of you Ellen as you go through the process of losing your love...To be brazenly honest, I did not actually believe he would one day cease to...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Ellen, You were so wonderful to Richard. I am glad to have called him a friend.With Love,Colleen ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Colleen Condon - Charleston, SC


Richard Henry Moryl, musician, composer, artist and university professor, was born in Newark, N.J. in 1929. The son of Walter Moryl and Catherine Hozempa, Richard received his undergraduate degree in clarinet performance from Montclair State University in N.J. He went on to earn his master's degree in composition at Columbia University and did doctoral studies at Brandeis University and the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin.

For three decades Moryl served as a music and composition professor at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, C.T., as well as the University of Connecticut and Smith College. As a composer, he received many awards and fellowships, including two National Endowment for the Arts awards, grants from the Ford and Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundations and many others. In 1963 he was a Fulbright scholar in Germany. Over 300 performances of his works have been given in Europe, the United States and South America.

Richard Moryl was the founder and director of the Charles Ives Center for American Music (CICAM), which for over twenty years has performed and supported American composers and their music. More recently, (beginning in 1995) the CICAM was presented at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival for several years as part of the Spotlight Concert Series, continuing its mission of presenting works by American composers performed by local and regional musicians, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and such notable groups as the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and The St. Petersburg (Russia) String Quartet among others.

Moryl was one of the international judges for the 2nd Annual Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Music Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1991. Forty of his works are published and ten have been recorded. Moryl founded and directed the New England Contemporary Music Ensemble which has performed extensively throughout the Northeast and the South, and which has been recorded on Desto and Serenus records. A CD of his piece, Das Lied (sung by Jan De Gaetani and conducted by Gerard Schwarz) was re-released in 2000 on the Opus 1 label.

In addition to his career as a composer and musician (clarinet, flute and saxophone), Moryl has been a prolific artist and photographer, creating a large body of work which spans a period of nearly 50 years. He has had numerous exhibits in Connecticut and other parts of the East Coast and has had several of his works included in juried art exhibits in Charleston, S.C. Richard Moryl moved to Charleston, S.C. in 1994 and married Ellen Dietz Dressler. Together they were the parents of several beautiful dogs, most recently Wolfgang and Grieg.

In addition to his wife, Ellen Moryl, Richard is survived by his step-daughter, Michelle Dressler Lomano; step-grandchildren, Tristan Lomano and Cecilia Lomano; brother, Walter Moryl; sister, Arline Frances Durmer (James); and several nieces and nephews.

Richard's family and friends are invited to attend his services in Mepkin Abbey at 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, S.C. on April 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Richard's name to Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary at 5604 New Rd, Hollywood, SC 29449 or the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at 2133 N Hillside Dr, Charleston, SC 29407.