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r.i.p. blanche moyse

February 12, 2011

There are a few names you need to know when it comes to people who have had a profound impact on Vermont’s cultural life.

Blanche Moyse is one of those.

She passed away at her home in Brattleboro this past Thursday at age 101, as the last living co-founder of the legendary Marlboro Music Festival. She lived a long life filled with music: Moyse also founded the Brattleboro Music Center, the New England Bach Festival, and the Blanche Moyse Chorale.

She’s remembered as a perfectionist, a community leader, and an artist of supreme vision.

My colleague Walter Parker said it best:  “The gifts that Blanche and the others, the seeds they planted in southeastern Vermont, are still bearing great fruit.”

These are some remembrances of Blanche:

– from Vermont Public Radio

– from the Brattleboro Reformer

happy birthday, blanche moyse!

September 23, 2009

Blanche MoyseVermont’s music landscape would be very different without the longstanding contributions of Blanche Moyse.

She came to the state in 1949 from France with her husband Louis. Together with his father (flutist Marcel Moyse), Adolf and Hermann Busch, and Rudolf Serkin they founded one of America’s most beloved cultural institutions: the Marlboro Music Festival.

Blanche also founded the music school at the fledgling Marlboro College, she created and directed the New England Bach Festival for over three decades, and she founded the Brattleboro Music Center.

Today Blanche Moyse turns 100 years old – what gift to give someone who’s given everything? I’ll just offer a heartfelt “happy birthday” here, and say, thank you Blanche!

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