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Karen Monson - Class of 1962 from 1988

Delete this post Submitted by Brian E Levine 1962 <> on 08/May/2019

    Karen Monson, was born on March 25, 1945 and died in 1988 of complications at the Monmouth County Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. She was 42 years old. Born in New Haven, Ct Ms. Monson was brought up in Newburgh, N.Y., and attended Newburgh Free Academy, class of 1962 and Radcliffe College, where she was principal flutist of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. She was music critic of The Chicago Daily News from 1973 until it ceased operations in 1978. She also served as music critic of The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and The Baltimore Sun and as director of the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ms. Monson was the author of books: ''Alban Berg'' (1979) and ''Alma Mahler: Muse to Genius'' (1983). An active freelance writer, she won a Deems Taylor/Ascap award for criticism and Peabody and Armstrong Awards for programs she produced. She was host at WFMT, the Chicago classical-music radio station. She had also been an adviser to Paul Fromm, the musical patron, who died last summer. Ms. Monson is survived by her stepmother, Helen Monson of Newburgh. She was engaged to marry Bruce Macomber of New York City. A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday at the Grace United Methodist Church, 468 Broadway, in Newburgh NY.

**** Newburgh Free Academy Valedictorian  ****

Karen Ann Monson, American Writer. Recipient Peabody award, 1975, Deems Taylor award for criticism American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1977; Armstrong award, 1980; Fulbright fellow West Berlin, 1966-1967. Member Music Critics Association (chairman education committee, treasurer). Karen Ann was born on March 25, 1945 in New Haven. Daughter of Harold and Sarah Catherine (McBride) Monson. She had a Bachelor of Arts, Radcliffe College, 1966. Later was a music critic, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, 1969-1973; Music critic, Chicago Daily News, 1973-1978; Music critic, Baltimore Sun, 1984-1985; fellow, Rockefeller Foundation project for training music critics University of Southern California, 1967-1969; member resident faculty, Rockefeller Foundation project for training music critics University of Southern California, 1971-1973; member summer faculty, Ravinia (Illinois) Museum Critics Association, 1973; free-lance correspondent, Wall Street Journal free-lance correspondent, Ovation free-lance correspondent, Museum American. Commentator-co producer Stravinsky '75, WFMT, Chicago, 1975, The Music of Alban Berg, WFMT, Chicago, 1977, 20th Century Art Song, WFMT, 1979. Member of faculty University of Chicago Extension. Music columnist Chicago magazine, 1978-1980. Director Music Critics Association Institutions, Aspen, Colorado, 1978, 80, Louise Lincoln Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1980-1982. Member Music Critics Association (chairman education committee, treasurer).

 - Some of her works


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