October 27, 2000 |
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.
August 24, 2010 |
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.
February 13, 1996 |
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.
December 10, 2015 |
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.
December 13, 2012 |
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.
July 6, 1986 |
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.
December 18, 1990 |
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.
June 21, 2002 |
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)
January 18, 1987 |
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.
February 8, 2000 |
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.