“Northwest musician Bern Herbolsheimer, whose more than 500 compositions have spanned nearly all the classical genres, has died of cancer at age 67 in Seattle.
Composer, pianist and dedicated teacher, Mr. Herbolsheimer was named Outstanding Teacher of Music at Cornish College, where he taught composition. He also taught graduate classes in the voice program at the University of Washington. Mr. Herbolsheimer’s music was clearly of its time, and could be both experimental and progressive, but he never lost his love for the lyrical beauty that is at the heart of his works.”
Read more about Mr. Herbolsheimer at the Seattle Times.
The passage of beloved School of Music advisory board member and alumnus Don Thulean in early April is a great loss to the School and the region. A tireless advocate for the arts, Don possessed a powerful gift for bringing collaborators together in the service of great music. We extend condolences to his loved ones and dedicate our April 24, 2015 UW Symphony and Seattle Symphony Side by Side Concert to his memory.
Read the full obituary on the School of Music website.
“We have lost Robert Leland Scandrett. He died suddenly, in his Seattle home, of heart failure.
Bob was born in 1925, into a loving family in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He grew up as a musician, an accomplished pianist in his childhood and youth, then turning to choral conducting professionally. Bob married Sandra Rotton Scandrett in 1966 and they loved each other through many choirs, troves of music students, and a wealth of beautiful friendships for all the years until his death. Bob leaves behind a rich legacy for love, community, and music.”
Read the full account of Scandrett’s life.
“Ward Swingle, an American jazz vocalist, conductor and arranger whose Swingle Singers brought classical music into the Qiana Age with best-selling Bach that bubbled and bounced, died on Jan. 19 in Eastbourne, England. He was 87.”
Read the full story on the New York Times website.
“Robert Ashley, a restlessly innovative American composer, died at his home in New York March 3 from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. NPR confirmed the composer’s death through his wife and manager Mimi Johnson. Ashley was 83.”
Read about Ashley’s life at NPR.org. Listen to Robert Ashley’s music at the UW Music Library.
“Claudio Abbado, a conductor whose refined interpretations of a large symphonic and operatic repertory won him the directorships of several of the world’s most revered musical institutions — including La Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic — died on Monday at his home in Bologna, Italy. He was 80.”
Read about Abbado’s life at the New York Times.
“Dozens of musicians from around the country gathered in Benaroya Hall on Monday to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the late Toby Saks: cellist, longtime teacher at the University of Washington and founding director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society.”
Read more at the Seattle Times website.
“George Halverson Fiore, a conductor, pianist, organist, vocal coach and lecturer who served as chorus master with Seattle Opera and director of Northwest Boychoir, died Aug. 27, in Seattle.”
Read the full story at the Seattle Times.
“Cellist Toby Saks, a founder of the Seattle Chamber Music Society who led the group’s popular festivals for years and who was the third woman ever to play with the New York Philharmonic, died Aug. 1, 2013, of a fast-spreading cancer.”
Read more about her life and career at the Seattle Times. Pay tribute to Saks by listening to some of her many recordings available at the UW Music Library.
“Henri Dutilleux, who has died aged 97, was the outstanding French composer between Messiaen and Boulez and, like both of them, achieved a wholly individual synthesis of ear-catching colours and harmonies with formal rigour. In a musical world where many loudly proclaim their independence, he was a true but discreet indépendant.”
Read the full story of his life at The Guardian.