Louise Behrend at the 2002 SAA Conference
With sadness we are sharing the news that Louise Behrend passed away August 3, 2011.
In the fall a memorial concert will be planned by the 40-year-old music school Miss Behrend founded, The School for Strings in New York. We will post information about that event on the website when it becomes available.
Miss Behrend was an early Suzuki method pioneer who will be greatly missed by colleagues and former students throughout the Americas.
From December 2009 issue of “The Tuning Fork”:
After an illustrious seventy year career in teaching and performing, Louise Behrend, the Founder and Director of The School for Strings, a long-time violin faculty member at The Juilliard School, a mentor to hundreds of violinists and teachers, an inspiration to countless students, a musician whose spirit has imbued the lives of so many, has retired to a quieter life in the environs of Washington, DC.
Ms. Behrend’s contributions to music education have received both national and international recognition. In 1989, she was honored by the InterSchool Orchestras of New York at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, as the recipient of their second Annual Achievement Award. In 1992, she became the first teacher to have students win the Grand Prize in both the Pre-College and Pre-Professional Divisions of the National Competition, and in 1994, she received the ASTA Distinguished Service Award. In 1996, Miss Behrend was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and in 2002, the Suzuki Association gave special recognition to her contribution to the field of music education with a Creating Learning Community Award. In 2003, Miss Behrend was presented the Betty Allen Award by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in recognition of her life-long dedication and distinguished contribution to music education in the area of chamber music, and in 2007, she received the Paul Rolland Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Conservatory.
Miss Behrend’s love of the violin and its voice, of music and its expression, of exploration and experimentation and her contagious enthusiasm for music and teaching are at the heart of the legacy she leaves behind in New York. We, at The School for Strings, are fortunate to inherit her spirit and to be entrusted with her vision, so deeply affected by the work of Shinichi Suzuki.
Louise Behrend gives bow hold pointers in a violin masterclass at the 2002 SAA Conference.