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May 21, 1995 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael S. Giamo, 73, a former director of music education for the Philadelphia School District, died Friday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a brief illness. Mr. Giamo retired in 1984 after working in the school district for 32 years. He was conductor of the All-City Orchestra that performed annually with the All-City Choir at the Academy of Music. Mr. Giamo's music accomplishments were widely known. He had been a musician since childhood, when he and his twin brother, Louis, played at local music festivals and for the former Horn & Hardart's Children's Hour.
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June 20, 1993 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Carmen Culp, a music teacher at the Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School, was selected by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association to receive the Citation of Excellence Award. She was honored at the PMEA conference this spring. Culp was cited for her classroom style, as a recognized authority on the changing voice, and her involvement with musical theater productions and choral groups that involve more than 300 students annually. She is also a consultant and evaluator of music programs in Pennsylvania.
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March 30, 1994 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Senior Alicia Rogers said she endured a lot of teasing when she was younger. The words nerd and geek followed her around because she played the violin in middle school. "I enjoy playing, and I'm glad I stuck with it," Rogers said. "Playing in the orchestra is such a change from math or physics class. And one thing's for sure, we're not getting tested. " Rogers is one of about 60 students at Haverford High School who play in the orchestra and recently performed on "string night," which featured fifth through 12th graders.
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April 19, 1999 | By Thomas J. Brady, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Irving J. Maitin, 75, an architect and an avid supporter of music and music education, died after an extended illness Saturday at his home in Meadowbrook. Mr. Maitin was a partner in the Ewing Cole Cherry Brott architectural firm from 1966 until his retirement in 1994. Before that, he was a partner in Fruchtbaum & Maitin, architects and engineers, and worked with acclaimed Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn. Mr. Maitin was noted for his work on health-care facilities, including major projects for Abington Memorial Hospital, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center and Presbyterian Medical Center as well as general projects for PNB and CoreStates Bank and the Atlantic City Race Track.
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March 9, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
The orchestra's overture swells into the opening notes of Leonard Bernstein's haunting standard "Somewhere" from the award-winning Broadway musical West Side Story . Soon the harmonies of the choir seamlessly fold in, and the cascade of sound seems to literally descend from the rafters of Verizon Hall. It wasn't the Philadelphia Orchestra that gave goose bumps to a packed house Monday night. It was the All-Philadelphia High School Orchestra and Choir, which each year borrows the orchestra's Kimmel Center home to perform its High School Music Festival.
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November 2, 1993 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It has been more than two years since the sound of flat horns and sharp flutes filled the multipurpose room at Sharon Hill Elementary School. Budget cuts and fiscal responsibility forced the Southeast Delco School District to end its elementary instrumental music program in June 1991 and its middle school program a year later. This year, instrumental music is back, but with a twist. In a first-of-its-kind experiment for public schools, Southeast's parents rather than taxpayers are footing the bill, said Jack McGovern, director of curriculum and instruction.
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January 15, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by Charles Fox
Yesterday was the winter open house for the Academy of Community Music at St. Thomas Church in Whitemarsh. The day included workshops for young children, demonstrations and a concert by preschool and school-age musicians from the academy's Suzuki classes. The academy was founded in 1983 by violinist Robert DiPasquale of the Philadelphia Orchestra and his wife. It offers private lessons, music education for people of all ages, music therapy and an Academy of Children's Music.
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April 8, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, MUSIC CRITIC
"How do we use music to increase quality of life for people in challenging situations?" Daniel Berkowitz, the Philadelphia Orchestra's director of collaborative learning, asks the question, and says the orchestra is increasing the number of ways music can answer the call. The group is instituting a new social-impact program, increasing others, and packaging them under an umbrella acronym: HEAR, which stands for health, education, access, and research. Under the heading of health, the orchestra is sending its musicians into Broad Street Ministry as music therapists to work with victims of trauma.
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December 17, 1999 | By David Iams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul H. Weil, 89, a musician and music teacher for more than 64 years, died Tuesday at his secondary residence in Philadelphia of cancer. He began teaching music in 1932 in Seaford, Del., after graduating from what is now West Chester University. There, he met his wife of 66 years, Esther, a fellow music student, educator, pianist and inseparable companion. "He was a trumpet soloist," Esther Weil recalled yesterday, "but he could play any instrument except the piano. That's why he married me, he used to say. " Mr. Weil also was a gifted vocalist, though strictly classical.
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October 16, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Catlett Ballard, 88, a leader of music education organizations, died of heart disease Tuesday, Oct. 6, at her home in the Cathedral Village retirement community in Roxborough. Mrs. Ballard was born in Hagerstown, Md., and reared in Virginia, in Staunton and Richmond. She attended St. Catherine's School and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor of arts from Vassar College. While working for the dean of students at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, she met Francis Ballard, whom she married in 1956.
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April 8, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, MUSIC CRITIC
"How do we use music to increase quality of life for people in challenging situations?" Daniel Berkowitz, the Philadelphia Orchestra's director of collaborative learning, asks the question, and says the orchestra is increasing the number of ways music can answer the call. The group is instituting a new social-impact program, increasing others, and packaging them under an umbrella acronym: HEAR, which stands for health, education, access, and research. Under the heading of health, the orchestra is sending its musicians into Broad Street Ministry as music therapists to work with victims of trauma.
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January 2, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
At 46, Duane Eubanks isn't getting any younger. That's a good thing, according to the Philadelphia-born trumpeter and composer. Duane is the youngest of the jazz men in the Eubanks family (guitarist Kevin, trombonist Robin), but he no longer feels like the baby of the bunch. "I must admit that the birthdays feel like they're coming faster and faster, but I'm OK with that," says Eubanks. "From what I know, it beats the alternative. " Eubanks is speaking from his Philly digs in advance of his pre-birthday shows at Chris' Jazz Café on Saturday.
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October 17, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Renate G. Rosenblatt, a musical prodigy who escaped from Nazi Germany with her family as a child and enhanced Philadelphia's classical music scene during her life, died on Monday, Oct. 12, at her Philadelphia home after a battle with lung cancer. She was 84. Ms. Rosenblatt raised two sons while serving as an invaluable musical partner to her husband, Louis Rosenblatt, who played with the Philadelphia Orchestra for 36 years. "She could have been a concert pianist," her son William Rosenblatt said.
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October 16, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Catlett Ballard, 88, a leader of music education organizations, died of heart disease Tuesday, Oct. 6, at her home in the Cathedral Village retirement community in Roxborough. Mrs. Ballard was born in Hagerstown, Md., and reared in Virginia, in Staunton and Richmond. She attended St. Catherine's School and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor of arts from Vassar College. While working for the dean of students at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, she met Francis Ballard, whom she married in 1956.
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September 14, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Helen Hubbert Kemp, 97, of Jamison, Bucks County, a singer, composer, author, and retired professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, in Princeton, who was a pioneer in music education for children, died of heart failure Aug. 23 at home. Mrs. Kemp came face-to-face with her calling when she went looking for choir resources for her children and had trouble finding them. She decided to create her own, and in the process became known as "the Mother of the Children's Choir Movement.
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August 20, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When David Socolofsky was a teenager, and his mother, Byrnina, was in her early 40s, they went to the First Presbyterian Church in Pitman for a special occasion. "It was a Christmas Eve concert," David Socolofsky said, "and we played 'Gesu Bambino' ," a 1917 Italian carol based on "O Come, All Ye Faithful. " She played the viola. He played the cello. "And when we walked out," he said, "it was snowing. " He would go on to be assistant principal cellist for the Oregon Symphony in Portland.
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June 17, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award. Marsalis, winner of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and honored with the National Medal of Arts, joins other recipients of the medal, including Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy Jr., and 2014 winner Jon Bon Jovi. He will accept the award at a gala concert Nov. 10 at the Kimmel Center.
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May 7, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Samuel Russell Cosby Jr., 97, of Mount Airy, an organist, schoolteacher, and choral director who blended the sounds of the human voice into a melodic tapestry, died Monday, April 27, of a heart attack at his home. A Philadelphian who grew up on Godfrey Avenue, Mr. Cosby showed an early affinity and talent for music. He attended Corinthian Baptist Church along with the rest of his family, and shortly after his graduation from Central High School at age 19 became the organist for Mount Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church.
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March 25, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FYODOR BADKHEN, 17, has been part of Girard Academic Music Program for four years, but he didn't realize he would help the school win a Grammy - sort of. The South Philadelphia magnet school, known as GAMP, was one of 13 schools in the nation chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation for its Signature Schools Award and will receive $5,500. The annual award recognizes the best public high schools in music education. Eight of the 13 schools, including GAMP, received the Enterprise Award grant for schools that are economically underserved.
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March 7, 2015
ISSUE | MUSIC IN SCHOOLS Joyful sounds Nearly two years ago, I urged the School Reform Commission to save the in-school music program ("A rousing send-off," March 3). On Monday, hundreds of student musicians spoke in a powerful voice in their Kimmel Center performance about the value of music education. My friend Don Liuzzi has guided the all-city program for 10 years, and it is stunning to see the level of musicianship. If the School District can produce students like these, then there is indeed a bright future.
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