Wednesday, July 20, 2011

In Memoriam: Stanley Hasty

It is hard to think of a clarinetist and teacher in the recent past who has left a greater legacy than Stanley Hasty.  He performed as principal clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  He taught at Indiana University, the Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute, the Carnegie Institute, the New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.  Many of his students have already become legendary themselves, among them Larry Combs and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. 

Stanley Hasty passed away on June 22 at the age of 91 due to injuries related to a car accident.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 11am at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Paul's David Craighead Organ Restoration Fund.

For more information, see:
Eastman School of Music article including quotations from many of Hasty's students
Obituary from Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Wikipedia article on Hasty including partial list of students
Elisabeth Marie Gunlogson: Stanley Hasty - His Life and Teaching, A treatise submitted to the Florida State University College of Music, 2006

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