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NO. R-126. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING BLANCHE HONEGGER MOYSE ON HER NINETIETH BIRTHDAY FOR HER NOTABLE CONTRIBUTIONS, BOTH IN VERMONT AND AROUND THE WORLD, TO CLASSICAL MUSIC EDUCATION AND PERFORMANCE.

(J.R.H. 95)

Offered by: Representatives Darrow of Newfane, Bristol of Brattleboro, Costello of Brattleboro, Deen of Westminster, Darrow of Putney, Milkey of Brattleboro, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Sweaney of Windsor and Rusten of Halifax.

Whereas, Blanche Honegger Moyse's special contributions to the classical music life of Vermont and the world as a performer, music festival director, and most enduringly as a devoted teacher, are truly unsurpassed, and

Whereas, after being educated in Europe where she was a prize winning student at the Geneva Conservatory and a pupil of such musical luminaries as the violinist Adolf Busch, the violinist-composer Georges Enesco, the harpsichordist Wanda Landowska, the guitarist Andres Segovia, she embarked on a critically acclaimed career as a violinist, which in turn led to her marriage to the pianist Louis Moyse, and

Whereas, in 1949, Blanche Honegger Moyse, along with Adolf and Hermann Busch, Marcel and Louis Moyse and Rudolf Serkin, was a cofounder of the famed Marlboro Music Festival and she established the department of music at Marlboro College, which she headed for over a quarter of a century, and

Whereas, very much a community-minded individual, in 1951 Blanche Moyse founded the Brattleboro Music Center which is an exemplary institution that enlivens the musical life of southern Vermont even during the darkest winter nights, and

Whereas, one of Blanche Honegger Moyse's greatest legacies to classical music is the New England Bach Festival, which for three decades has celebrated the glories of Johann Sebastian Bach's choral works in magnificent concerts, and

Whereas, she has conducted much acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's of Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" and his "Passion According to St. Matthew," and

Whereas, Blanche Honegger Moyse has been the recipient of numerous honors, including selection as a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, and

Whereas, at the youthful age of 90, she continues to serve as the vibrant and much beloved artistic director of the Brattleboro Music Center, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Blanche Honegger Moyse on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday and is pleased to honor one of the 20th century's preeminent classical musicians, 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.