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In Memoriam 2007

Robert Levine
January 2, 2019

Editor's Abstract (Click to Hide)

This is's tribute to those of our colleagues and co-workers who left us in 2007. By its nature it is almost certainly not a complete list. We apologize for any omissions, and will make corrections if you post them in the "Comments" area.

New this year are hyperlinks to additional information; click on the name of the individual to find out more about them.

- Robert Levine


János Fürst, age 71. Hungarian conductor and violinist, co-founder of the Ulster Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, former music director of the Marseille Opera and former chief guest conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic.

Klaro Mizerit, age 92. The first music director of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Halifax), he also served as music director of the Rhenish Philharmonic (Koblenz) from 1958-1968.

Sandor Salgo, age 97. Professor emeritus of music at Stanford University, former conductor of the Stanford Symphony, former music director of the San Jose Symphony, and former music director (for 36 years) of the Carmel Bach Festival.

Eleonore Schoenfeld, age 81, cellist who taught at the University of Southern Caifornia for five decades and directed the annual International Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists.

Elmer Setzer, age 86. Former first assistant principal second violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra, his quartet made the first recording of Glenn Gould’s String Quartet. He also played horn with the US Army during World War II.


Julius Drossin
, age 88. Composer, former cellist with The Cleveland Orchestra and former chairman of the Cleveland State University music department, he was a POW in World War II and the first person to receive a doctorate in composition from Western Reserve University.

Peter Guroff
, age 47. Violist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and former principal violist of the Richmond Symphony, he also taught at the Meadowmount School.

Norman Herzberg, age 90. Former principal bassoonist of the Saint Louis Symphony, he taught bassoon at the University of Southern California for nearly 40 years and also played on many of the recordings of the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under Bruno Walter.

Siegfried Landau, age 85. The founder and first music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Gian Carlo Menotti, age 95. Composer of many popular operas, including Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Kjersten Oquist, age 36. Principal violist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, she also played in the Oregon Ballet Theater and Portland Opera orchestras. She and Angela Svendsen were killed by a drunk driver while returning to Portland from a rehearsal in Eugene.

Angela Svendsen
, age 31. Principal second violinist of the Eugene Symphony, she also played in the Oregon Ballet Theater and Portland Opera orchestras.

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Additions to Michael Sullivan (professor, not profession), clarinetist. He played 2nd Clarinet with the Arizona Opera Orchestra. Memorial page on
CindyB on January 29, 2019 at 9:49 PM

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