NO. R-196.† JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING BLANCHE HONEGGER MOYSE ON THE CONCLUSION OF HER EXTRAORDINARY CAREER AT THE BRATTLEBORO MUSIC CENTER.

(H.C.R.128)

Offered by:† Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Edwards of Brattleboro, Freed of Dorset, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Milkey of Brattleboro and Pillsbury of Brattleboro.

Offered by:† Senators Gander of Windham County and Senator White of Windham County.

Whereas, for over half a century, Blanche Honegger Moyseís presence has graced the Brattleboro Music Centerís stage where her mastery of the conductorís baton has become legendary, and

Whereas, the daughter of the Swiss composer Arthur Honegger, she inherited her fatherís musical genius and has continued the distinguished family lineage of melodious accomplishment, and

Whereas, in 1952, having relocated to Vermont and cofounding the Marlboro Music Festival in 1951, she founded the Brattleboro Music Center, and

Whereas, aside from conducting, she distinguished herself as an outstanding teacher founding, and then for 25 years chairing, the music department at Marlboro College, and

Whereas, while she has conducted the instrumental and oratorical compositions of many composers, she is especially distinguished for her renditions of J.S. Bachís works and has displayed her affinity for his compositions as the founder of the New England Bach Festival and at her Carnegie Hall debut, at age 78, leading the Orchestra of St. Lukeís in Bachís Christmas Oratorio, and

Whereas, she has been the recipient of many honors in her adopted state, including:† induction as a fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1976; the Governorís Award for Excellence in the Arts from Governor Snelling in 1977; the University of Vermontís bestowing on her an honorary doctorate in 1989; in 1990, Governor Kuninís honoring her for extraordinary contributions to the arts; two awards from the Vermont Arts Council, a 25th Anniversary Silver Citation in 1989 and an Outstanding Artist Citation in 1990; recognition as the First Lady of the Arts in Vermont from Lieutenant Governor Douglas Racine in 1998; and resolutions from both the General Assembly and the U.S. Congress honoring her on the occasion of her 90th birthday in 1999, and

Whereas, after 52 extraordinary years of bringing joy to audiences at the Brattleboro Music Center, Blanche Honegger Moyse is now retiring from the Brattleboro Music Centerís podium, but her stellar performances will be remembered long after she has responded to her final curtain call, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Blanche Honegger Moyse as she concludes her extraordinary musical presence at the Brattleboro Music Center, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Blanche Honegger Moyse at the Brattleboro Music Center.