Blanche Honegger Moyse
Said to have done more for Vermont's music community that any other individual. Co-founded three of Vermont's most respected musical institutions: Marlboro Music School and Festival, the Brattleboro Music Center and the New England Bach Festival.
Date of Birth09/23/1909
Date of Death02/10/2011
Blanche Honegger Moyse began her study of the violin at the age of eight, and shortly after, became a student of Adolf Busch. At sixteen, she earned first prize in violin at the Geneva Conservatory and made her debut with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. She then moved to Paris and continued her musical education and served on the faculty of Neuchatel Conservatory of Music in her native country. At the end of WWII, Moyse left France for a music school in South America, but this effort failed when the school did not materialize. In 1949, via an invitation of Adolf and Hermann Busch and Rudolf Serkin, she moved to Vermont. At this time, Moyse established the music department for Marlboro College and served as its chairperson for the next 25 years. In response to what Moyse felt was the "musical wasteland that typified the long winters of southern Vermont", she established the Brattleboro Music Center in 1951 "to promote the love and understanding of good music and to make it a vital part of the community." Blanche Moyse retired as a violinist in 1966 due to a bow-arm ailment, but dedicated the majority of her time to the study and performance of the choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach. In 1969 Moyse and her husband Louis founded the New England Bach Festival. This Festival is an annual celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. This festival offers music lovers the opportunity to hear innovative, historically informed and professional performances of Bach's music. In 1999 the Vermont Legislature issued a proclamation calling her work "as a performer, music festival director, and most enduring, as a devoted teacher, . . . truly unsurpassed."
Organizations or Movements
- New England Bach Festival
- Marlboro College
- Brattleboro Music Center
- Music Director
- Faculty of Neuchatel Conservatory
- Chairperson - Music Department - Marlboro College