Composer, musician and Seattle teacher Bern Herbolsheimer dead at 67

“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.

Passages: Don Thulean, alumnus, orchestra conductor, tireless advocate for the arts

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.

Robert Leland Scandrett: December 29, 1925 – November 30, 2014

“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.

Claudio Abbado, an Italian Conductor With a Global Reach, Is Dead at 80

“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.

Acclaimed Seattle musician Toby Saks dies

“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 obituary

“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.