Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Moving Farewell

On July 9, 2008 a dear friend and colleague, Willo May Beresford, passed away at the age of 91 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor 27 days earlier. Her obituary from the San Diego Union Tribune is here. This past Saturday a memorial service in the Crill Performance Hall of the Cooper Music Center afforded a joyous opportunity to celebrate her rich life that was marked by dedication to her faith, her family and her many musical involvements. Pictured here is a quartet performing Victor Labenske's arrangement of her favorite hymn, "O Thou in Whose Presence," on four nine-foot concert grand pianos. I am privileged to have Victor as a piano faculty colleague at Point Loma Nazarene University and he is numbered among the many who studied both piano and music theory with Mrs. "B" as an undergraduate student.

1 comment:

LeLe said...

Wow, what a tribute! I love those huge grands. I've only ever played baby grands and don't own one. I sold my upright because I didn't have space (it went to my aunt so it's still in the family) and bought an electric piano. I know it's not the same, but at least it doesn't need tuning and sounds more like a grand than an upright. And my husband has promised that one day, I will have a baby grand. We may be retired by then, but I'll have one.

So sorry to hear about your colleague. She sounded like a wonderful teacher and friend.