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Contributor to the Melrose Mirror
Marjorie Burgess arrived at her first piano lesson bearing her own original composition. She received her early music training from Eleanor C. Kerr, student of F. Addison Porter. A promoter of adult music education. Burgess leads by example: she started her college education at the prestigious Berklee College of Music as a middle aged wife and mother with twenty-five years of teaching experience already behind her. Among her teachers were Minnie Wolk, Alice Canaday, Gertrude P. Wollner, Fred Buda, Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, John Bavicchi, Herb Porneroy, Frederick "Ted" Pease, Michael Rendish, Paul Schmeling and Dean Earl.
A native of Massachusetts, Burgess gives many workshops in the New England area and has taught in the Stoneham Adult Education Center, Wakefield Public Schools, Boston Adult Education Center and privately for over forty years. She also has experience as an organist and choir directoor. Her music has been "Commissioned by Clavier," listed in "Year's Best" (Robert Dumm Piano Reviews) and selected by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Arthur Houle performed her music at the 1984 American Women Composers Conference on Women in Music at "Tuffs University and recorded two previous albums of her works on Educo Records.
Marjorie L. (Solomon) BURGESS, 90 years old
Of Melrose, died September 12. 2005, at the Sawtelle Hospice House of Reading.
Wife of the late Earl J. Burgess.
Born in Milton, daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Karter) Solomon. She was a graduate of Milton High School. She later received an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music.
Mrs. Burgess had taught piano at the Berklee College of Music but also for adult education classes offered at both Melrose and Stoneham high school. In addition, she composed and arranged her own music. She was the past president of the New England Piano Teachers and was also the past secretary of the New England Piano Fort.
Mrs. Burgess had been a resident of Melrose since 1953. She was married to her late husband, Earl J. Burgess for 49 years.
Mother of Frank J. Burgess and his wife, Donna of Brewster and Donna G. Burgess of Middleton. Grandmother of Nancy D. Chabot of North Reading, Samantha M. Burgess of Newton and Nicholas Warren of Middleton. Also survived by 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Sister of the late Doris McNally.
A Funeral service was held in the Robinson Funeral Home. 809 Main Street Melrose on Thursday September 15, 2005. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield.
In lieu of flowers. donations in Marjorie's memory may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, P.O. BOX 265, Boston, MA 02117.
(Material in this story was gathered from the following sources: Combined From Bosom Globe 9/12/05 and Melrose Free Press 9/15/05 papers.
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