April 9, 1999 |
The flags flew at half-staff at Temple when Esther Boyer Griswold died last month at age 95. Griswold, whose name the university's music school bears, was among the most distinguished alumna in the university's 115-year history, and, without doubt, its most generous. Griswold, who graduated from Temple in 1927, was known for her kindness, her keen intelligence, her independence and her love of music, Jeffrey Cornelius, the dean of the Esther Boyer School of Music, said this week.
November 17, 2000 |
For more than a half century, legions of music students passed through the studios of the Granoff School of Music at 21st and Spruce Streets. Some students, such as Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane, became jazz greats. Some achieved stature with world-class orchestras in such cities as Philadelphia and Houston. And some just learned to love the violin, guitar, piano, trumpet, drums, saxophone, and even the harmonica. Isadore Granoff, 99, the violinist and teacher behind the renowned Philadelphia music school, died in his sleep Saturday in his Center City apartment.
April 30, 1986 |
The prestigious New School of Music and Temple University announced yesterday that they would join forces, with the New School's 50 full-time students switching from its Center City building to Temple's main campus in North Philadelphia. The merger would save the New School, a small college founded 43 years ago to train musicians in ensemble and orchestra, and expand the academic offerings in Temple's 600-student College of Music. The New School, at 21st and Spruce Streets, had been facing an uncertain future because its expenses outstripped its income.
April 11, 2001 |
David L. Stone, 84, the brilliant, multifaceted piano prodigy who founded Temple University's College of Music, died of liver failure Sunday at his home in Doylestown. During a 40-year career at Temple, Dr. Stone held every important post in the music department and built a reputation as a wit and raconteur adept at using charm to woo distinguished artists to the faculty of the North Philadelphia school. "His work on behalf of generations of university students resonates throughout the profession," Jeffrey Cornelius, dean of Temple's Esther Boyer College of Music, said.
November 4, 2002 |
Jesse Bermudez has a vision for a vacant lot in the barrio in North Philadelphia. He also has raised $4 million, and counting, to make it happen. While others see a city-owned parking lot at Fifth and Huntingdon Streets, Bermudez envisions a music and cultural center with a 400-seat banquet hall, a 500-seat performance center, a Latin music school for children and adults, and a large kitchen for catering events. Children will learn from instructors such as Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca.
June 10, 2001 |
No one was much surprised to learn that Adele W. Paxson would be looking after the Academy of Vocal Arts even after her death. Her mother, Helen Corning Warden, had founded the tuition-free opera school in 1934, and friends say that Paxson, chairwoman of the board, had a love for the school rivaled perhaps only by her doting on all things equestrian. But even Paxson's daughter was surprised to learn the extent of the generosity contained in her will. Paxson, who died in December at the age of 87, left $7 million to the academy - a munificent sum for a school so small its top enrollment at any given time is 30 nascent Toscas, Mimis, Otellos and Papagenos.
September 24, 1991 |
When Shirley Ames, a big-haired greenhorn from South Philadelphia, first set foot inside the High School for Creative and Performing Arts in 1988, she half expected to run into a dancing deb straight out of some schmaltzy TV show. Instead, the freshman plowed into a bulky upperclassman with a spider painted on her face. "It was my first day and I stepped on the combat boots of this girl," recalled Ames, now a senior vocal major whose hair has shrunk considerably. "And I thought I was going to die. " But rather than batter Ames, the post-punk Morticia Addams shrugged off the collision and directed the youngster to her first-period class.
October 1, 1999 |
When Orlando Cole entered the Curtis Institute of Music 75 years ago, the teenager paid $500 for the privilege of studying the cello. A few years later, Curtis founder Mary Louise Curtis Bok began the school's tuition-free, all-scholarship policy - setting up extremely tough admission standards to what has long been considered the world's most prestigious conservatory. Back in 1924, however, said Cole: "I don't think I even had to audition. " The cellist, who still teaches there, celebrated his 91st birthday a few weeks back.
November 24, 2002 |
After years of teaching private and classroom guitar lessons, Michael Kaufman saw the benefits of both: the importance of individual attention and the fun of learning in a group. And he had a dream: to teach small group lessons to students at his own music school. A few years of working in technology threw another ingredient into the mix - high-tech music equipment for learning, performing and recording. Five weeks ago, his dream opened in the form of the Music Garden at the Village Walk shopping center on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
April 6, 1995 |
It's not reincarnation, although it does ring of deja vu. Robert dePasquale's father ran a music school in the 1920s, but it never quite succeeded. So 13 years ago, the violinist of the dePasquale String Quartet and his wife, Ellen Fisher, founded the Fort Washington-based Academy of Children's Music. The institution has developed into a Suzuki music school that not only solicits gifted students, but reaches out to mentally challenged children and adults. Because of that emphasis, dePasquale and Fisher welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the Indian Creek Foundation in Harleysville, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities.