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Ellin L. Lapp, 83, Settlement Music School Teacher

September 13, 2012
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Ellin L. Lapp, 83, a retired teacher at Settlement Music School, died at her home in Wyncote on Aug. 28. She was the former Ellin Glickman.

During her more than 25 years on the Settlement Music School faculty, Germantown Branch, Lapp founded a student recorder ensemble. In October 1994, she led the ensemble as a guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Philadelphia Academy of Music.

As a teacher, Lapp encountered a lack of teaching materials for young guitarists, so she created her own. Her self-published, two-volume work continues to sell at local music stores.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lapp moved with her family to Camden, N.J., graduated from Camden High School, and attended Douglas College at Rutgers University.

In her 30s Lapp, who had success as a freelance feature writer for the Sunday Bulletin, took recorder lessons and joined a week­ly group with others. After turning 40, she picked up classical guitar in order to add string accompaniment to the group.

Finding scores intended for lute, she worked on transposing them for guitar. This led her to music theory classes at Temple University at the same time she was taking classical guitar les­sons at Settlement Music School. When Settlement needed a re­corder teacher, they hired Lapp. Later, she was made Settlement’s classical guitar teacher as well.

As a performer, she and fellow teachers formed the Settlement Music School Faculty Consort — at the time, the city’s only professional early music ensemble — playing in Fairmount Park and several other venues.

Lapp is survived by her husband of 62 years, Saul Lapp; daughters Beth Lapp and Lisa Lapp; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be sent to: Settlement Music School, Attn: Helen S. Eaton, P.O. Box 63966, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3966.

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