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There are 4 comments on BU Mourns CFA Dean Emerita Phyllis Curtin

  1. I am honored to have heard her in person when she sang in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” under Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Chorus Pro Musica in 1963 (Leinsdorf later took the work in the fall of that year to Carnegie Hall). Had the pleasure of meeting her when she was called in as a last moment replacement of Rossini “Stabat Mater” with the BSO/Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the late great Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini. She was indeed a truly magnificent soul inside and outside as a performer and as a teacher.

  2. A message from the Chinese students of the Boston University College of Fine Arts, who’s lives will never be the same…

    It was with great sadness that we learned about the passing of our beloved Dean and Mentor Phyllis Curtin. On behalf of the Chinese students, we want it to be known, we will always be indented to Ms. Curtin. She was our Dean, our teacher and our mentor and the catalyst who changed all of our lives as well as the lives of our families. To all of the faculty members and friends of Boston University College of Fine Arts, please realize the Chinese students who you instructed, mentored and encouraged to be all that we could be as you introduced us to a new way of live. We share your sadness at this passing, as well as, your celebration of this outstanding colleagues, friends and teachers. We send this note from Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, QingDao , ShengYang, Singapore, Paris, London, Berlin, and every corner of the world…

    Thank you for everything Ms. Curtin! We will always remember you in our hearts.

  3. I have known Phyllis Curtin since the early 60’s. Last saw her on her 94th birthday. Then, as always, she was more interested in discussing politics than music. Perhaps her commitments were revealed by her frequent statement that the Britten, WAR REQUIEM, is the most important piece of music that she ever frequent. I was fortunate to hear her in the American premiere. Richard Kellaway

  4. When Phyllis retired and moved full time to her Berkshires retreat, she asked me to design an addition to the old farmhouse. What a delightful and lively soul! She was a walking hug of a woman, and I am honored to have known her. She will live on in the hearts of everyone she touched!

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