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Bloomingdale School of Music Celebrates the Life of Lawrence Davis

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Jan 28, 2014
New York, NY

We are deeply saddened to share with you the news that Lawrence Davis, executive director of Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) for 22 years, passed away this November after a short illness. This December, the Bloomingdale community came together for a concert in celebration and rememberance of Davis' life.

The board of directors of BSM released the following statement:

Few of us need to be told of the tremendous impact Lawrence has had on the Bloomingdale community as a champion of access and performance. Thousands of children and adults benefitted from his determination to bring culture and performing arts into our world. Under Lawrence's leadership, the school assembled a faculty second to none among community music schools in New York, a group that shares his vision of music as an integral part of our lives.

In the weeks ahead we shall have the opportunity to celebrate Lawrence's life and work, and share our common experiences of his love, companionship, and professionalism. At the same time, we shall make plans to carry on his good work that has placed Bloomingdale at the forefront of music education in New York.
Barbara "B.J." Adler will serve as the organization's interim executive director and will lead the school through this transition. Adler is a seasoned non-profit executive director and strong advocate for music education. Her distinguished career has included serving as executive director of the national Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Chamber Music America as well as education director of the national Young Audiences Network and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Adler said of her new post, "I am inspired by Bloomingdale School of Music's commitment to music education and to providing its students with a 'musical edge... I welcome the opportunity to join the Bloomingdale family of board, staff and faculty in moving forward with its mission."
About Bloomingdale School of Music
Bloomingdale School of Music, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, serves music students of all ages and economic levels from Manhattan and all boroughs of New York City in its three programs.  The After School and Weekend Program is Bloomingdale’s core offering of private study in one of twenty-five instruments and over twenty classes for children and adults in both classical and jazz disciplines. This program involves people of all ages from babies through seniors and all musical interests. The Music Access Project is a rigorous program of study that prepares youths from under-served urban communities for the demands of music education at a college, university, or conservatory.  Working collaboratively, Bloomingdale also provides music instruction for over 700 children in three public schools, either on-site at the school or at Bloomingdale. The instruction is in one of three areas: class instrumental instruction in violin, flute, or clarinet; general music instruction through Orff Schulwerk; or jazz education. Finally, over 70 free concerts are presented every year.
Pictured Above: Lawrence Davis and Bloomingdale School of Music

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