Noted harpist Eileen Malone dies at 92
E ileen Malone, a harpist who enjoyed an astonishingly long career at the top of her profession, died on Tuesday, June 1, after suffering a serious stroke in April. She was 92.
Malone, professor emerita at the Eastman School, was much celebrated in the harp world. She taught at Eastman for 59 years and was principal harpist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for 43 years. She made solo appearances with orchestras, in recital, and on radio and television. She gave master classes and workshops in the United States and England and promoted harp instruction in public schools. She also traveled abroad to judge international harp competitions and was active in both the International and American Harp Societies.
Malone--a Victor native--was a member of the seventh graduating class of ESM, earning her bachelor's degree and performer's certificate in 1928. She continued her studies with Marcel Tournier at the Paris Conservatoire and with Marcel Grandjany in New York. She joined ESM's Preparatory Department faculty in 1930, and then succeeded her eminent teacher, Lucile Johnson Rosenbloom, as its main harp teacher.
Malone held an honorary doctorate from Nazareth College, and in 1985 was named "Musician of the Year" by the Rochester chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. She retired from teaching in 1989 and remained a loyal friend and supporter of ESM. In fact, she recently gave a Lyon-Healy Style 23 Gold harp to its Community Education Division, giving aspiring harpists the chance to perform on a beautiful, high-quality instrument.
Malone never married and was predeceased by two brothers: Edward and John. She is survived by cousins, friends, and students. Memorial contributions may be made to the School of the Holy Childhood, 100 Groton Parkway, Rochester, 14623.
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