AAUW, Philadelphia Orchestra and Sylvia

Many of my education colleagues wear more than one hat in their lives as homemaker, teacher, volunteer, etc. Sylvia was such a person – a long-time friend, teacher, past AAUW President and Co-chair with me of the Children’s Concerts in which The American Association of University Women provides subscription series tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra performances for Camden elementary school students.

One year the Orchestra sponsored an art contest for kids to draw their favorite thing. Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring” was to be played. The winning drawings and photos of the artists would be displayed during the concert. ALL of the drawings we submitted won. What a thrill for the students to see their artwork and photographs shown on large screens at the Kimmel Center, accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra playing “My Favorite Things.”

Sylvia died this week, suddenly of congestive heart failure. She leaves behind so many friends she touched as teacher and volunteer and also countless inner city children (and adults) who don’t know her by name but know and remember her through their Academy of Arts and Kimmel Center visits – often once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

We will miss Sylvia so much but her legacy lives on.

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