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Lydia (Lee) Lecraw (1914-2012)

Lydia Lecraw, featured as our “alum in the spotlight” in the 2007 edition of our newsletter, passed away in September of this year at the age of 97. Ms. Lecraw received her BA in Music in 1938, and went on to become a beloved elementary school teacher, featured in the “Teachers Count” campaign as the … Continue Reading »

In Memoriam, Steven Stucky

Leading American Composer Steven Stucky died on February 14, 2016 at age 66 in Ithaca, New York. He served on the faculty at Cornell University, Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School and served residencies at a number of leading international conservatories – including the Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatoire, Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis … Continue Reading »

Jane Michiko Imamura (1920-2011)

Jane Michiko Imamura, who was in charge of the music practice studios at UC Berkeley’s Department of Music during the late 1950s and 1960s, died December 26 at her Berkeley home of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. A memorial service was held January 7 at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple. She was married to the late Reverend … Continue Reading »

In Memoriam: Wye (Wendy) Jamison Allanbrook (1943-2010)

Wendy was born on March 15, 1943, in Hagerstown, Maryland, and passed away on July 15, 2010, from cancer. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in classics. She earned a Ph.D. in music history from Stanford University in 1974. Her doctoral dissertation became the basis for the book Rhythmic Gesture in Mozart (University … Continue Reading »

16th Annual Elizabeth Elkus Memorial Noon Concert

Thanks to the generous support of the Elkus Family and many friends, the Department of Music continues to maintain its tradition of excellence and accessibility to a wide range of musical performances made possible through the Elizabeth Elkus Noon Concert Fund. Elizabeth Elkus was the wife of Albert Elkus, longtime University Orchestra conductor starting in … Continue Reading »

Ernest Bloch Honored

The Department of Music honored a Berkeley professor, composer and important figure in American music, Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), on the 50th anniversary of his death, with a series of events, including a symposium and concert of his works on October 10, 2009, and a performance competition on October 5, 2009. The symposium featured scholars Davitt … Continue Reading »

The Passing of an Accomplished Man: Walker E. Cunningham

Walker Evans Cunningham earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also awarded multiple fellowships. He served as an organist and music director for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, and produced the critically acclaimed CD “The Historic San Francisco Organ of the Church of St. … Continue Reading »

Professor Joseph Kerman Memorial Events

Professor Joseph Kerman passed away at the age of 89 after a long illness on March 17 in Berkeley, California. The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle published two particularly touching obituaries honoring his life and work. The Memorial for Professor Kerman will be on Sunday, October 26th at the Bancroft Hotel at 2:00pm. The … Continue Reading »

Robert Commanday, colleagues and friends say farewell

Robert Commanday, prominent critic in the San Francisco Bay Area, died at age 93 on September 3, 2015 at his home in Oakland. Initial responses to his passing came in from all over the world, but within the San Francisco Classical Voice online music website, the man who established and ran SFCV 17 years ago … Continue Reading »