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Philadelphia Musical Academy
1617 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Member of National Association of Schools of Music
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
PHILADELPHIA MUSICAL ACADEMY
Philadelphia Conservatory of Music
Philadelphia Dance Academy
With proud pleasure the yearbook staff
dedicates Da Capo to Dean Abe Pepinsky.
Students seek his unfailing and friendly
counsel. His understanding helps us to
resolve conflicting personal problems. We
gratefully recognize his deep sense of
responsibility toward the Academy. His life
should be a model for our own.
To the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a great patron
of the arts, we, the students of the Philadelphia Musical
Academy, offer this tribute. During his lifetime, he encouraged
all who aspired to the difficult heights an artist must attain.
While President, he invited many artists to perform at the White
House and many in the other arts to exhibit their works. His
insatiable desire to develop United States resources to their
fullest, encompassed the arts especially. The expression of
his cultural ambitions we may also adopt as our own: "To further
the appreciation of culture among all the people, to increase
respect for the creative individual, to widen participation by all
the processes and fulfillments of art — this is one of the fascin-
ating challenges of these days."
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Graduating Class of 1964, you have
now to meet the challenge of making a career
in which your love of music will ever be an
important aspect. May the pursuit of excel-
lence, high ideals, and solid values contin-
ually guide you in your chosen profession.
As your life work continues, be it teaching,
listening, or performing, see that your ex-
periences enrich you as well as those you
The Faculty and Friends at the Phila-
delphia Musical Academy wish you the best
of success. We welcome an exchange of
ideas with our Alumni-to-be through the
years to come, and the pleasure of sharing
mutual interests in this marvelous world of
Maria Ezerman Drake, President
It is with pride that the faculty, stu-
dents, and administration can look back on
the current year that is just now coming to
an end. Recent examination of the record
shows that our students rank favorably in
academic achievement with those in colleges
and universities across the nation. This
has been shown to be true of both the fresh-
men newly admitted and the seniors about
When we also consider the Academy's
fine musical standards, it becomes apparent
that we can already boast of offering a very
high quality education.
However, as I look forward to coming
years, I see further accomplishments and
improvements at the Academy as interest
in and support for our program grows. With
the dedication and committment that you
have already demonstrated this year, I am
sure that in the future the Academy will
soon become in reputation as well as in
deed one of the nation's leading music
A. Hendrik Drake, Director
There is but little doubt that the Phi-
ladelphia Musical Academy falls heir to
some fine talents in the field of musical
endeavor and that some of them develop
their potentials to the fullest. However,
there is another serious responsibility that
every student here must accept: the prepar-
ation for better citizenship. It is to this
purpose that our Academy is dedicated
when requiring courses of a cultural and
general academic nature. The excuse that
there is not enough time to adequately
practice is hardly a reason. It is merely an
excuse. Look about you between classes
and you will better understand.
Be honest with yourselves, please. If
you truly desire undergraduate recognition
you must be willing to strive for it. Other-
wise, consider the wisdom of registering
as a special student and give yourself ample
opportunity to do what you really want to
do. Many of you have come for help and
guidance. If you passed through prescribed
admissions channels, we know a lot about
you which will help us to help you. \'our
problems may not be merely musical, nor
even academic. They may be personal. We
respect you as a person, and you will find
We wish you well,
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
Looking back over the past four years
you must be aware of the tremendous changes
that have taken place at the Philadelphia
Musical Academy. You have been part of an
institution whose ideals and standards
have been heightened by the addition of
outstanding new faculty members.
The past four years have been transitory
ones and we, as well as you, have learned
from them. Future classes will take advan-
tage of our experiences and will benefit
May the role you played in the develop-
ment of the school develop you also as a
responsible, dedicated, and outstanding
musician. I hope you will remember us as
the years go by, and allow us to share with
you the pleasures of your musical expe-
Maurice Kaplow, Director of Development
MARY K. TOMKINS
President Emeritus of the Phila-
delphia Musical Academy and
leader of Munich String Quartet;
Concertmaster of several renowned
Dean and Director of Admissions
Head of Psychology Dept.
KENT C. CHRISTENSEN
Advisor to Yearbook Staff
CLEMENT C. PETRILLO
Piano and Theory Dept.
Concertized in Europe and
Work in Vocal Coaching
Performer on Radio and T.V.
NICHOLAS De COLLIBUS
Member of American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers
CAROLYN D. DENGLER
AN TIN RUDNYTSKY
Concert pianist, conductorof operas
and symphony orchestras in many
ALLISON R. DRAKE
Recitalist, Chamber Performer
and Two Piano Work
Head of Composition Dept.
Chairman of Music Committee of
Philadelphia Composer's Forum
Conductor of the
Ventnor Summer Youth Symphony
Soloist throughout theUnited States,
Europe and Canada and as soloist
with NBC Symphony Orchestra
Concertized extensively in Europe
and America as soloist and in
chamber music recitals
J. EARL NESS
Director of the
Philadelphia Oratorio Choir
DOROTHY SHAW WEIR
Music Education Dept
Instrumental director and con-
ductor at the Philadelphia High
School for Girls
MILDRED PEARL PARKER
Concert Pianist, Chamber Music
Player and Accompanist
Composition and Flute Depts.
Awards in composition and life
member of Delta Omicron
JOSEPH S. BUTTERWECK
Music Education Dept.
Consultant to the Pennsylvania
State Council of Education
NATALIE L. HINDERAS
Lecturer and recitalist, inter-
national radio and T.V. appearances
Concertizes as soloist and
Founded Philadelphia Dance
Composition and Choral Dept.
Director of Chorus
Composer James DePreist, former Conservatory
student, Nadia Chilkovsky, choreographer and
Nicholas Nahumck scenic designer, prepare a Phi-
ladelphia Dance Academy program.
The Philadelphia Dance Academy is located not far from the Philadelphia Musical Academy.
It is supervised by Nadia Chilkovsky, and presently enrolls fourteen students. The principles of
teaching are based on strict discipline of technical study combined with complete freedom of the
imagination. Special attention is given to the talented student who is guided in a highly personal
manner so that he may mature as an individual artist with an independent style of dance expres-
sion. Upon graduation the student is ready to become a dancer, a choreographer, a teacher and
On Wednesday evening, March 4, 1904, the Philadelphia Dance Academy was featured at the
Plays and Players Theater. The program was divided into three parts: "Chopiniana"; "Sprig of
Lilac", a fascinating dance based on the poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed" by
Walt Whitman, and communicating the emotional climate at the time of Lincoln's assassination;
and an exciting jazz ballet "Bagatelles''.
James Jamieson, with Phyllis
Dersh '64 and Lidia Kryzanowsky
'63, members of the faculty of the
Philadelphia Dance Academy, re-
hearsing CHOPINIANA for per-
formance at Plays and Players.
Photo by Biagio Pinto
Final moment in CORTEGE from the Philadelphia Dance Academy
production of BAGATELLES. Lidia Kryzanowsky is being carried by
Joseph Alston (left) and William Parker. Other dancers are left to right
front row: James Lentini, Nora Winokur, William Moorehouse; back row:
Lida Nelson, Cicely Johnston, Rose Dickerson.
Photo by Nicholas Nahumch
Phyllis Dersh (on the box), and Louise Rubenstein (far
left), members of the class of 1954, appear with Dyane
Gray (third from left) and Suzanne Lewis (center back)
class of 1963 in a scene from CHINESE FLUTE, a work
choreographed by Nadia Chilkovsky, with music by Ernst
Photo by Biagio Pinto
A scene from Nadia Chil-
kovsky's SPRIG OF LILIAC,
inspired by Walt Whitman's ode
to Abraham Lincoln. The music
is by James DePreist. (left to
right Helen Truehart, faculty,
Joseph Alston, Judy Jamison,
Lidia Kryzanowsky - alumna and
faculty, James Lentini, and Lida
A group newly formed at the Academy
this year is the Parents' Organization.
Essential to the richest development of
school "family life" and school reputation,
this group will incorporate itself as an
integral part of social activities, musical
functions, and Academy benefits for stu-
dents individually and for the school gen-
erally. Judging by the enthusiastic support
and cooperation shown at the Covered Dish
Dinner on February 13, we can be sure of a
most active and successful Parents' Organi-
zation in the future.
The Alumni Association has risen
from the fact that the alumni body is the
Academy's largest constituent body
whose success in the profession of music
is forever identified with the current
stature of the school. Thus, it is easy
to see that the alumni body has much to
gain by helping the Academy in its plans
of advancement. The Association hopes
to sponsor the interests of the Academy
and inaugurate and maintain cooperation
among the Association, officers, and
The Association will create scholar-
ships for worthy and needy students and
it will print a newsletter that will keep
alumni informed of the most recent de-
velopments at the Academy. The Alumni
Association is, then, one of the best
devices to make the Academy a first
class music college.
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The Philadelphia Musical Academy's
Chamber Orchestra, formerly called the
Collegium Musicum, is composed of eight
to twenty members, depending on the works
to be performed. It is directed by Maurice
Kaplow. This group, like other school
organizations, has been very successful
this year in regard to their performances: at
the Van Pelt Auditorium of the Philadelphia
Museum of Art, December 15th and March
22nd, an din Cheltenham High School, March
5th, as a feature demonstrating musical
form in the third of a series of five concert-
lectures given by Joseph Castaldo. They
also performed Gluck's Orfeo on May 7th
with the school's chorus and soloists. The
highlight this year was the Chamber Or-
chestra's WHYY television performance of
Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" and a composi-
tion by Corelli over the Christmas Holidays.
Among the works they have played are
"Octet for Winds" by Stravinsky, "Morgen-
musik" by Hindemith, "Brandenburg Con-
certo No. 5 in D major" by Bach, "S>'m-
phony No. 5 in B flat major" by Schubert.
The members of a small group such as this
gain excellent experience in learning to
appreciate tones of individual instruments
rather than in hearing a mass sound.
The Philadelphia Musi-
cal Academy String Quartet,
under the artistic direction
of Dr. Jani Szanto, has in a
short time become a popular
Chamber group. The Quartet
performed for the Grace
Bumbry Reception at the
Bellevue Stratford, and has
been playing in various con-
certs around Philadelphia
with much success.
The Academy's Woodwind En-
semble, under the direction of
VCayne Raper, is not new, but it has
accomplished much this year in
gaining good sound and professional
ease. It is comprised of eleven
pieces: three clarinets, one bass
clarinet, four flutes, one French
horn, one bassoon, and one oboe.
The ensemble is working on such
compositions as Hindemith's "Klei-
nekammer", "Trois Pieces" by
Jacques iDert, and Beethoven's
The Philadelphia Musical Academy's sixty- five-piece
symphony orchestra, directed by Maurice Kaplow, has performed
admirably this season. The first concert, presented Thursday
evening, November 4th, at the Fleischer Auditorium, Y. M. H. A.,
included works by Wagner, Mozart, Ravel, and Hindemith.
Cheltenham High School was the scene of the next concert when
the orchestra appeared March 19th and performed compositions
by Wagner and Mozart, as an added feature to the fourth in a
series of five concert lectures by Joseph Castaldo.
In existence now for ninety-four years, this widely known,
active organization has been valuable to students in helping
them to become familiar with the literature of the master com-
posers. Equally important are the confidence and experience
gained in performing for the public. Also, the publicity the
orchestra receives through these appearances has benefited the
Philadelphia Musical Academy.
Metfibers of the Orchestra
Rosalind Corwin, Concerimaster
Bernard J. Berman
Hai Eun Hyun
Joyce A. Irons
William Stokkino, Jr.
Judith S. Davis, Piccolo
Robert M. Stewart
John S. Collins, III
Warren E. McLendon
Philadelphia Musical Mddemy Orchestra
Maurice Kaplow, Conductor
Ann Hobson, Harp
Toby Rotman, Flute
PRELUDE: MASTERSINGERS OF NURENBURG . . . Wagner
CONCERTO IN C MAJOR FOR HARP AND FLUTE. . Mozart
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE Ra\-el
I. Pavane of The Sleeping Beauty
II. Hop O' My Thumb
III. Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
IV. Beauty and The Beast Converse
V. The Fairy Garden
SYMPHONIC METAMORPHOSES Hindemilh
On Themes of Carl Maria Von Weber
MENC Officers: Mary Bourne, President;
Alex Ragsdale, Vice-Presi-
dent; James Fay. Secretary;
Dimitri Kauriga, Treasurer.
The Music Educators' National Conference is a pro-
fessional organization for music educators and music
students who are united in one corporate purpose: the
advancement of music education. The chapter has already
participated in the biennial national convention recently
held in Philadelphia. Academy students who are members
will have the opportunity to further their education by
participating in campus, state, division, and national
meetings, and they will have the opportunity to become
acquainted with professional leaders. While the Academy
chapter has just started, there are many indications the
chapter will growrapidly in strength and numbers because
there is enthusiastic student interest. The Da Capo staff
sincerely hopes that the Academy chapter will grow in
stature under Miss Weir's capable guidance.
Mrs. Virginia Emerson,
The Academy library has become a center
for study, listening and reading. The library has
expanded its facilities through numerous gifts
and purchases, including nearly 2,000 volumes
from the University Club.
The library has about 5,200 books, 1016 re-
cordings and 200 miniature scores. The library
has two record machines which are available to
students for listening. Mrs. Virginia B. Emerson
assumed the position of head librarian last
August. Since taking her position, she has worked
vigorously to make the library completely up-to-
date. Miss Mary Lee serves as assistant librarian.
She is a student at Drexel for her Master in
Zhe Academy Choir
(•members of small choir
Mary Elizabeth Bennett*
La Deva Dams*
Mary Ann Gallas
PiiYi lis Casner*
Lll YEH Wu
Jack Heller, Jr.
Assistant Conductors: Roman Pawlowski
Francis Fanelli, President Raymond Syzc, Vice-President
Alice Eyler, Secretary Ellen Dunmore, Treasurer
Philadelphia Musical Jeademi/ Choir
Robert Suderburg, Director
Y.M.H.A., February 13, 8:15 P.M.
IN ECCLESIIS Giovanni Gabrieli
For eight part chorus, so'oisls, brass and continuo
Brass parts realized by R. Pawlowski
Victoria Myers, Soprano Frederick Brown, Bass
Alexander Ragsdale, Tenor
Mary Elizabeth Bennett, Piaiw
Evan Solot, Trumpet William Koren, Horn
Howard Lipman, Trumpet Charles Schupak, Trombone
Howard Smoyer, Trumpet Jonathan Dornblum, Tuba
MISSA PANGE lingua Josquin de Pres
NANIE, op. 82 Johannes Brahms
For chorus and piano (orchestral reduction)
Mary Elizabeth Bennett, Piano
LES NOCES (The Wedding) /gor Slra\-insky
Part One, Scene I
The Bride's Chamber
The Bridegroom's Home
The Bride's Departure
The Wedding Fe
(The scenes follow one another without pause)
Elizabeth Suderburg, Soprano Rita Dreyfus, Mez:o-Soprano
Wayne Conaway, Tenor Harold Parker, Bass
La Deva Davis
Mickey Bookspan Allen Abel
Lee Gurst Mathew Hopkins
RussEL Hahtenberger Ben Harms
The Academy Small Choir
A vital part of the Academy's performing life is our excellent
Academy Choir. L'nder the inimitable and challenging direction of
Robert Suderburg, the chorus has attained new heights. Outstanding
performances have marked the career of the relatively new group. In
the future, the Choir will tour more extensively and shows promise of
becoming one of the most accomplished groups in and around Phila-
For certain works requiring
fewer voices, a special small
chorus has been formed. These
members, chosen qualitatively,
have sung Stravinsky's Les
Noces with great success and
will, in the future, perform other
compositions suited to their
There has been someching new at
the Philadelphia Musical Academy this
year in the realm of activities. Football
and basketball teams, managed and
organized by Sheldon Kohan and compris-
ed of our school's male students, appear-
ed on the scene in good form and pro-
ceeded to tie Philadelphia Museum Col-
lege of Art twice in football on Nov. 31
(12-12) and December 13 (2-2), and they
vanquished this same team in basketball
(72-65) on April 4. Philadelphia Electric
also suffered defeat at the hands of
P.M.A.'s Supersports on April 8. There
are a few softball games scheduled for
the end of the year and a picnic following
that. These sports activities have con-
tributed to the development of school
spirit and a sense of fair play among the
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Besides the expected socializing at
concerts and recitals, Philadelphia
Musical Academy also sponsors many
parties and- get-togethers in its social
life. Hallowe'en, Christmas, Valentine's
Day, and the Spring Formal mark special
days on the social calendar. School and
class outings provide relaxation for both
students and faculty. Whatever the oc-
casion, though, everyone enjoys it, even
if it be just a casual chat on the campus.
The Performance Hour offers students an opportunity to perform in
public, giving them valuable experience that will help them in their senior
recital. Performance Hour gives other students the opportunity to criticize
constructively other students. That skill when matured will make the
student a better teacher in the future. The Academy hopes to develop both
performance and critical skills. Performance Hour is, for these purposes,
a center of exchange between performer and audience.
student Organization Officers: Evan Solot, Piesidunt, Victoria Myers,
/ice-President; Frances Fanelli, Secretary; Gail Loos, Treasurer.
The voice of the students may always be heard at PMA through
the elected representatives of the Student Organization. The President,
Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer, along with representatives
from each class and the Student Activities Committee, act as liaisons
with the administration. They govern in accordance with school
policies and supervise school activities. Effective and successful
efforts of the Organization have earned the respect of students and
Class Representatives: Birdis Coleman, Senior Class; Barbara Mvlett,
Junior Class; Raymond Costanzo, Sophomore Class; Dimitri Kauriga,
Da Capo Staff
The main purpose of a yearbook is to re-
cord the life of a school. The task of planning
a clear, logical vearbook is complex. Co-oper-
ation is necessary to secure results. The
editors must co-ordinate the activities of the
staff. The staff must have initiative to keep
its job on schedule. With such a spirit of co-
operation and initiative the staff has made Da
Capo a yearbook that is comprehensive in its
coverage of activities at the Academy.
Da Capo Staff
Copy Editor: Gail Loos
Business Manager: Alexander Ragsdale
Cover Design: Judith Davis
Production: Gainor Shoemaker
Photography Editor: Dimitri Kauriga
Photographers: Wayne Triplett
Faculty Adviser: Kent Chnstensen
Grace Bumbry with PMA students
In addition to the many activities, concerts
and recitals held at the Academy, special out-
side events involving students and faculty mem-
bers are scheduled throughout the year. Per-
formances for the Philadelphia Museum of Art,
the Composers' Forum, the Academy of Music,
Station \\'FIL-T\', Station WNYC, Cheltenham
High School's "Domain of Music," the Music
Teachers' Forum, and the Matinee Musical Club
of Philadelphia number among these feature pro-
grams. In this way, the Academy extends its
influence in the aural arts to many and varied
David Arben,violin soloist at the Art Museum.
with Hendrik Drake, Director, and Maurice
Mr. Joseph Castaldo, Chairman of
the music Committee of the Phila-
delphia Composers' Forum.
Delta Omicron: (Standing) GiT;ildinc Fluvd. Chaplain, Ellen Dunmore,
Treasurer; Gunta Keris, President, Alice Eyler, Treasurer; Gail Loos,
Publicity Chairman, Frances Fanelli. Music Director; (Seated) Victoria
Myers. Warden; Sheila Weinstein, First Vice President, Caroline Sutkus,
Second Vice President, Paulette Rush, (Not shown) Carol Povvnall,
Historian, Barbara Mylett. Secretary.
Delta Omicron, founded in UJOP at the C^incinnati Conservatory of Music,
is an international tnusic fraternity for women with collegiate and alumnae
chapters throughout the U, S. and the Orient. As a professional fraternity
it is a charter member of the Professional Panhellenic Association. Its
student membership is limited to professional education in music; its ac-
tivities promote professional competency and achievement. The Omicron
Rho Chapter of Delta Omicron, installed in April 1963, has in its young
life successfully presented various programs and activities, including
public concerts, a reci tal on WNYC, and a debate on modern music. As the
Chapter and the Fraternity continue to grow, so, too, will the close bond of
friendship between P.M. A.'s Delta Omicron sisters.
First Row: (Left to Right) Virginia Kreszwick,
Theresa Shepanski, Barbara Vaughn, Barbara
Joseph, Theresa Friday, Sylvia Walton.
Second Row; Jacqueline Bradley, Gainor
Shoemaker, Theodore Redden, Allen Halber,
Jack Heller, Kenneth Dockray, Dimitri
Kauriga, Craig Mann, William Doyle, Barry
Necowitz, Beverly Arrington, Carole
Reitenbaugh. Third Row: Henrietta Musto-
koff, Kenneth Weiner, Manfred Abrahamson,
Stephen Wilensky. Ronald Jeremicz, Fred.
Silver, William Parker, Gaia Hopman.
Freshmen not shown: Joseph Akten, Gary
Anderson, Murray Cohen, Eileen Cohen, F.
Delvishio, Catherine Deraco, M. DiCicco,
Ted Didden, C. Elliott, Albert Fry, R.
Gilotti, E. Henderson, Patricia Ingersoll,
J. Jamison, S. Johnson, C. Johnston, Edward
Kalehoff, A. Kaufman, T. Kelly, William
Koren, A. Latella, J. Lentini, Warren
McLendon, William Moorhouse, Barbara Ray,
J. Reese, J. Scarpa, T. Stanton, J. Valerio,
Barbara Voken, S. Wilensky, and B.
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First Row: (Left to Right) Madelyn Okolowski, Janet
McCabe, Mary Ann Gallas, Irmeen Rosenberg, Caroline
Sutkus, Sheila Weinstein. Second Row: Maria Murowany,
William Smith, Robert Stewart, Walt Dunlap. Kenneth
McDougald, Evan Solot, Weldon Adams, John McMenamin,
Alice Eyler. Third Row: Ronald Rothermel, William
Turner, Ted Zimmerman, Henri Mamet, Alexander
Ragsdale, V. Trombetta, Robert Frederick.
Sophomores not shown: Taylor Bell, Claudia Brown,
Nicholas Cassizzi, N. Colligan, Raymond Costanzo,
Helen Doreng, Ellen Dunmore, Helen Esposito, James
Fay, Marie Forgrave, Judy Kim, Gail McArdle, Peggi
Merlin, Carl Mortellite, Edward Neifeld, Florence
Quivar, Paulette Rush, Eloise Sears, Carol Smythe,
Howard Smoyer, Ira Tucker, Austin Wallace, and Lewis
Wright, N. Winokur.
First Row: (Left to Right) Barbara Mylett, Mary Bourne,
Carolyn Hill, Eileen Loughrey, Mary Bennett, Sister
Peter. Second Row: Frances Fanelli, Julian Meyer, Gail
Loos, Sheldon Kohan, Phyllis Casner, John Dulik, Lois
Geurin, Fred Brown.
Juniors not shown: Louis Adelizzi, James Amadie,
Diane Bew, Richard Bew, K. Boone, Sonny Casell,
Judith Davis, LaDeva Davis, J. Diamen, Herb Heffner,
E. Hemingway, Robert Jones, George Latella, Tony
Lupica, Jay Magidman, Ihor Staruch, Raymond Syzc,
Wayne Triplett, and Lii Yeh Wu.
PATRICIA ANN BIRD
Woodbury, N. J.
B. M. Ed., Piano Major
Camden, N. J.
JOHN S. COLLINS 3RD
Moorestown, N. J.
Organ Major; Honor roll
Palmyra, N. J.
B. M. Ed., Clarinet Major
History and Literature
Major; Honor Roll;
B.M.Ed., Voice Major
Harp Major; Honor Roll
A. PATRICIA KRIEBEL
Piano Major and
Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
ADRIENNE LEDGER MUSICANT
M. Ed., Trumpet Major
JOHN C. MELTON
B. M. Ed., Trumpet Major
B. M. Ed., Voice Major
Student Council; Delta Omicron
Composition Major; Honor Roll
Collingswood, N. J.
5. M. Ed., Viola Major
PHYLLIS DERSH RUDZITIS
SAMUEL J. BROWN
Master of Music in Piano
Elkins Park, Pa.
Ph. D. in Musicology
King of Prussia, Pa.
Master of Music in Voice
Run and run, little child.
Hold, so tightly to all your gay, colored balloons
Not any thing can break;
Neither the wind, nor the cold;
Not even the pinpoint of reality.
Let the wet leaves brush your tear-streaked face,
And taste the salt.
To the bridge-
And nothing can catch you...
A hand, maybe.
For only a moment
In your cold, clutching one.
To lean over
Search the black, still water.
Challenging the balloons,
Biting your face and aching eyes.
Come, and kiss me.
See, here is a gap in time and space:
An abyss, deep, dark and misty.
There, is no figure— no heart.
And fingers entangle your groping hand.
A step, breathe —
Walk into that fog
With open eyes that cannot see.
Wait. Hide in the dark leaves.
There— no, here is a valley of sun and light:
Pause here— look, and be filled.
No. A step that way is back to the mist;
Through the mist.
The other side of the circle waits— clamors.
Hold the hand tightly, so tenderly.
Brush the tear away.
See— how deep and green this valley, how gentle-
Sunny raindrops on a shining grass.
Listen! A voice outside the mist speaks— my name.
Run from the valley, back
With feet possessed by love.
Smile to old beloved images.
Touch and touch.
Love— trees, not so green without the valley,
Alas, forgive these.
They have not known.
Look. Something wants to remove the mist.
No. . . .
It turns leaves in the valley black and shadowed;
Makes grotesque wintery trees.
Love then, even this.
It sees only misty shadows.
Not the green and sun.
It cannot quite reach.
Nothing means to be clumsy.
Be silent How quiet is the valley,
So full and complete.
To know this, for one moment;
Live, love forever— outside.
With eyes, kinder now.
The hands— they are never separate.
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