Phyllis Curtin died yesterday at the age of ninety-five. You can't say her death was a surprise, but I'm sad all the same. It's good though, to remember who she was and what she was to American music.
Phyllis Curtin was an operatic and concert soprano. Summers were spent teaching at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony. She held important faculty positions at Yale, and later directed my alma mater, the School for the Arts at Boston University (sadly for me, after my time).