Sandra Lynn Carlock, renowned pianist, master music teacher, and photographer, dies at 76

Sandra Lynn Carlock, 76, of Huntingdon Valley, a famend pianist, recording artist, grasp music trainer, lecturer, and photographer, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, of glioblastoma at Rydal Park retirement group.

A toddler prodigy on the piano, Ms. Carlock recorded a number of albums, carried out and lectured round the US, Europe, and elsewhere, performed in chamber music ensembles, and, since 2014, partnered with the French violinist Guillaume Combet to kind the Carlock-Combet Duo.

She was an Arthur Judson Distinguished College Chair at Settlement Music Faculty and taught piano and chamber music there for greater than 50 years. She gained Settlement’s 1989 Sol Schoenbach Award for excellent service to the college and the Steinway & Sons’ annual high trainer award in 2016 and 2018.

“The devotion and dedication she had for her college students, their households, and Settlement was deeply inspiring,” Helen Eaton, Settlement’s chief govt officer, stated in a tribute. Faculty officers additionally praised Ms. Carlock for her “undeniably sturdy work ethic and devoted mentorship.”

Her recordings and performances acquired a lot essential acclaim, and MusicWeb Worldwide stated that the Carlock-Combet Duo displayed “imaginative and clever programming carried out with type, panache and polish.”

The French music journal Classica praised the duo’s most up-to-date album, Romantic Violin Sonatas, and famous its “fixed insights from starting to finish” with “good approach, constancy to the music, impeccable articulation.”

Ms. Carlock had additionally embraced images not too long ago, and her pictures are featured on the covers of two of her albums. She specialised in landscapes, cityscapes, structure, and portraits.

Born Nov. 5, 1944, Ms. Carlock was raised in McAlester, Okla. Her mom, Ruth, was a musician and piano trainer, and Ms. Carlock shocked her at some point when, at 3, she sat down and performed items she had heard a lot older pupils play.

“I can’t ever keep in mind a time after I couldn’t play the piano,” Ms. Carlock advised interviewer Malcolm Stewart. “So that really makes it one thing that’s so integral to who I’m. I believe that’s fairly great in a method.”

As a teen in Oklahoma, Ms. Carlock additionally appreciated to climb timber, be round animals, and browse. She skipped the seventh grade, graduated from highschool at 16, and earned a bachelor’s diploma in music on the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

She acquired a grasp’s diploma in music from the State College of New York at Stony Brook and did postgraduate research on the Juilliard Faculty. She moved to Philadelphia, she advised The Inquirer in 1997, to be near New York and reap the benefits of Philadelphia’s “full of life musical lifetime of its personal.” She lived in Melrose Park and Perkasie earlier than transferring to Huntingdon Valley.

Ms. Carlock stated Clara Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frédéric Chopin, and Johannes Brahms had been amongst her favourite composers. Performing, she advised The Inquirer in a 1989 article, may be traumatic. “It’s taking part of your self and placing it on show,” she stated.

Her sister, Ruth Ann, stated Ms. Carlock “was large sister and at all times extraordinarily critical concerning the piano.”

Kathleen Krull, Settlement’s Willow Grove department director, stated in a tribute that Ms. Carlock was an efficient trainer as a result of she had “the proper mixture of heat, excessive expectations, humor, and love of music and folks.”

Her brother, Ken, stated Ms. Carlock “cared about her college students to the nth diploma.”

One former scholar known as her “a drive of life” and stated in a tribute, “I already actually miss her.”

Along with her sister and brother, Ms. Carlock is survived by former husband Lee Snyder and different relations. Her second husband, Kurt Sotmon, died earlier.

A memorial live performance is to be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, in Perelman Corridor on the Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19102.

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