Do you live in Greenwich?
Are you married?
No, my husband died last year at 92. Donald Walton
How long were you married?
62 years. Donald was well known in conservation and served on the RTM for 30 years.
Do you have any children?
Two boys and three grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Are you retired?
No, I'm still teaching - piano and composition. Ever since I was studying in Philadelphia, when I graduated at 21. That's 70 years of teaching in my private studio here. In 1960, I took the first of two Composer's Workshops at Julliard. I was the only woman in the class. I've performed and published my own music. I've done a lot of composing for voice, especially for Musica Plenti, a chamber choir of 12 voices. They perform all over this area.I teach four days a week, three hours of teaching a day. I've taught hundreds of students. A lot of my students have become professional musicians. I have one at Boston University majoring in voice and compositions. Steve Marzullo is directing Broadway productions. I'm teaching the children of former students. I've taken a few at 5-years-old but I prefer to take them when they're seven. That's the best age. I still have parents sit in on lessons.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What I am.
What are your main hobbies and interests?
The two big passions in my life are my music and my church -- the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich. I play the piano and compose. But I have a house to run and take care of. When your husband is not here you have to do everything. I've been in this house for 40 years. These houses around here were built after the war and they're being replaced by bigger houses. The town cries for moderate income houses, but they keep tearing them down.
Are you computer savvy?
No, I'm old fashioned. I get everything I write printed out at Music Source in Cos Cob.
Do you have a favorite sport?
I love swimming and walking. I swim at the YWCA. I still walk but it takes too much time to go swimming.
Do you have a favorite book?
I don't think I could give you a favorite -- I read so many books.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
The pictures in my house. They are painted by Newell Giles and Evie Engborg. They are both local artists.
Do you listen to music?
I listen to music all day. I listen to WQXR.
Do you have a favorite piece of music?
There is too much great music. I'll give you the three Bs -- Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. I love Debussy too.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
No movie star.
What is a TV show that you watch regularly?
The news from 7to 8 on Channel 13.
Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
Washington and Lincoln, and I think our present president is very gifted.
If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
Work for peace in the world. It's so hard to come by. This terrible disaster in Haiti is devastating. My father was an irrigation engineer and helped them with irrigation. You can't understand why God makes these things happen. They say it's the environment that causes these things to happen.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
I don't think I have one.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
People being miserable to people.
Do you have any regrets in life?
The death of my son was a terrible thing. He died at 62 and that's too young to die.
What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
My teaching and being able to write music.
Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
If they have a dream of something they want to do, they should try and follow that dream.
What brings you your greatest joy?
My family and my music.
What are you looking forward to?
Each day I'm alive.
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