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October 27, 2000 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Honora C. Furtado, 86, a piano teacher who had more than 2,000 students - from youngsters to lawyers, neurosurgeons to professionals - died of cancer Tuesday at her home in Drexel Hill. Miss Furtado gave private lessons in her home for more than 60 years, stopping in June only because of her illness. Her students ranged in age from 5 to 75, friends said, and lessons could go on from 45 minutes to four hours per session. Many of her older students took lessons for personal enjoyment.
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August 24, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
HELEN SPRINGMAN's home in Levittown rang with the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt, played on her cherished Steinway Grand. She was a serious musician who polished and perfected her performances of classical and romantic-period music. However, not many people got to hear her play. She performed at recitals of her piano students, at college recitals, but she never had an interest in becoming a professional pianist, touring and playing around the world, which she might well have done.
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February 13, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Evelyn L. Peden Zellers, 85, of Rydal Park, a retired piano teacher and organist, died Thursday at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Zellers was born in Woonsocket, R.I., and grew up in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 1927 from Frankford High School. She then studied piano under Frederick Starke. From 1926 until her retirement in 1990 at the age of 80, she taught piano to students in Philadelphia and the Cheltenham area. During the 1940s, she was a member of and organist for Logan Baptist Church in Philadelphia, and directed the church's plays and musicals.
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December 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Janice May Swan, 87, of Lafayette Hill, a mother of six who made music her lifelong passion, died Sunday, Dec. 6, of aspiration pneumonia at the Hill at Whitemarsh. Mrs. Swan embraced singing and playing the piano as a child growing up in Conshohocken. She graduated from Norristown High School in 1944 and later began a 30-year career as an operator with Bell Telephone in Norristown and Philadelphia. Along with her husband, James S., Mrs. Swan was involved in theater groups such as the Whitemarsh Curtain Callers and the Dramateurs.
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December 13, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phyllis Ragan, 88, a concert pianist who found her true calling as a piano teacher in Delaware County, died Dec. 3 of respiratory failure at the Sunrise Senior Living facility in Lafayette Hill. Mrs. Ragan, the former Phyllis Wheeler, graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1942 and attended the Juilliard School in New York City. In the mid-1940s, she became a concert pianist, winning acclaim. She placed at the piano auditions for the 1943 Eisteddfod, a competition in Wales, but decided not to compete.
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July 6, 1986 | By Laura Quinn, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ada Richter lives with all the trappings of a piano teacher. There are two pianos in her Merchantville living room and one in the study. At the least suggestion, Richter will put her hands to the keys and explain a few chords. She is a veteran at talking above her own playing. "Ah, I love this," she said recently, shouting above strains of Chopin. During the last 52 years, Richter has taught hundreds of people to play the piano. But only few of her students have sat in her genteel living room or heard her humming Brahms.
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December 18, 1990 | By Andy Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Reba Palmer was a girl, she visited the studio of Edward F. Hutchinson near 41st and Ludlow Streets, where, amid the busts of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach, she learned to play the classics. Eighteen years later, she was Reba Davis and she lived in Washington, and every other week, she or her husband would drive their son Jonathan to Mr. Hutchinson's home on Coulter Street in Germantown for his piano lessons. "He was very caring, considerate and detailed," said Davis. "He was a perfectionist.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2002 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The great French actress Isabelle Huppert gives one of the boldest performances of her career in the title role of The Piano Teacher, a squirmingly strange and brutal study of sexual power, masochism and mother-daughter madness. A grim, graphic adaptation of a novel by the Austrian playwright and polemicist Elfriede Jelinek, The Piano Teacher comes from director Michael Haneke, a Viennese who lately has been working in French. His 2001 film, Code Unknown, starring Juliette Binoche, only recently made it to Philadelphia (and brought a rain of angry e-mails down on this critic, who gave it four stars - much to many moviegoers' dismay)
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January 18, 1987 | By Frank Langfitt, Special to The Inquirer
Katherine Allen Neathery, 84, a retired music teacher who had taught at the Friends' Central School for 22 years, died at Lankenau Hospital on Jan. 5. Mrs. Neathery had been a resident of Narberth for more than 40 years. Born in Cheshire, Mass., she graduated from Dover Plains High School in Dover Plains, N.Y., in 1920. In 1924, she was a member of the first graduating class of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York. She married Robert Walter Neathery in Dover Plains in 1931.
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February 8, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
John J. Staub, 69, a retired language teacher and church music director, died Friday at his Levittown home after an illness. He taught English and Spanish in the Bristol Township School District for 30 years and, after retiring from the district, taught Spanish at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem for several years. Mr. Staub also was a piano teacher and professional musician. He had been music director and organist at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in the Andorra section of Philadelphia and at Queen of the Universe Roman Catholic Church in Levittown, where he was a member.
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January 20, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
If you want to hear the piano talent of tomorrow, you might press your ear to the wall of Eleanor Sokoloff's studio. In pedagogical tones that manage to be both sharp and warmly supportive, Sokoloff flourishes as one of the Curtis Institute of Music's busier piano professors. She's 101 years old. No eavesdropping was necessary Sunday afternoon. Eight current and former Sokoloff students stepped onto the stage of the Barnes Foundation's small auditorium to pay tribute. What is it like to study with Sokoloff?
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December 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Janice May Swan, 87, of Lafayette Hill, a mother of six who made music her lifelong passion, died Sunday, Dec. 6, of aspiration pneumonia at the Hill at Whitemarsh. Mrs. Swan embraced singing and playing the piano as a child growing up in Conshohocken. She graduated from Norristown High School in 1944 and later began a 30-year career as an operator with Bell Telephone in Norristown and Philadelphia. Along with her husband, James S., Mrs. Swan was involved in theater groups such as the Whitemarsh Curtain Callers and the Dramateurs.
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December 30, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
BRIANNA CASH grew up on 3rd Street near Roosevelt Boulevard, and although her soulful songs might someday carry her far from North Philly, her old Feltonville neighborhood will always feel like home. "You know that big three-story house on the corner that looks haunted?" the 22-year-old singer/songwriter said, laughing. "It's the huge house across the street from the corner store that's sometimes yellow, sometimes green, and I remember it being red once, too," Cash said. "I grew up in that house.
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June 20, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Chester County piano teacher accused last week of sexually assaulting three students was charged Wednesday with showing nude pictures to three others, prosecutors said. Mike Noone, first assistant district attorney, said the parents of the three other children - all boys - contacted officials after seeing news coverage of Anton Fomin's arrest. Fomin, 44, of East Pikeland Township, was charged last Thursday with sexually assaulting three 6-year-olds, one boy and two girls, he taught at the Malvern School of Music.
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June 13, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN A 2008 interview, piano teacher Anton Fomin described his work: "Teaching is like playing piano with my students' hands. It's very gratifying and satisfying. " Yesterday, Fomin, 44, was charged with sexually abusing three 6-year-old pupils, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. The instructor is accused of using his position at the Malvern School of Music - from which he has since been fired - to abuse two girls and a boy during one-on-one lessons. The allegations came to light last week, when a girl's father called Malvern police to report that the mother of another 6-year-old pupil had told him that her daughter said Fomin "puts his hand in [her]
NEWS
December 30, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A motor vehicle accident shattered Emilee Ballinghoff's bones, but not her spirit. The Sicklerville resident, 19, hopes to counsel other young women and girls who need someone to talk to. "When I get all better," she says gently, "I just want to be their shoulder to cry on. " The same kind of commitment motivates nine student singers from Gloucester and Salem Counties, who perform for dementia patients as an ensemble called Generation while...
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July 9, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LILLIAN M. Lewandowski did her part for the war effort during World War II. She made Raisinets for the troops. That's not as far-fetched as it might sound. Lillian had to forgo a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania because her work for the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Co. was deemed essential to the war effort. Lillian Lewandowski, who after the war worked as a secretary for lawyers, then the U.S. Customs Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency, and used her musical talents to teach piano and organ and peform at area churches, died June 22. She was 88. She lived in Bensalem but had lived for many years in Frankford.
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December 13, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phyllis Ragan, 88, a concert pianist who found her true calling as a piano teacher in Delaware County, died Dec. 3 of respiratory failure at the Sunrise Senior Living facility in Lafayette Hill. Mrs. Ragan, the former Phyllis Wheeler, graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1942 and attended the Juilliard School in New York City. In the mid-1940s, she became a concert pianist, winning acclaim. She placed at the piano auditions for the 1943 Eisteddfod, a competition in Wales, but decided not to compete.
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February 27, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Two years ago, Amanda Holt set out to answer a simple question: why was a single voting precinct in her township tacked on to a sprawling congressional district that meandered through the Philadelphia suburbs? One question led to another. Why was that precinct the only bit of Lehigh County in the district? And why was so much of Pennsylvania carved into zig-zagging, oddly shaped legislative districts? "I thought, 'This is crazy, why is it like this?' " Holt said.
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