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Lillian Balick, 79, Longtime Music Educator

December 15, 2005
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Lillian Rosen Balick, 79, a longtime musician and educator, died Nov. 24 in Jennersville, Pa.

Born in Philadelphia, Balick began to study piano formally at age 4 at the Settlement Music School. She made regular concert appearances from 1940 to 1948, after her debut at the Philadelphia Academy of Music.

She began to teach piano at age 16, and in 1944 received a full-tuition music scholarship given by the Philadelphia Board of Education.

Balick earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 from Temple University's Teachers College, Department of Music Education. From 1949 to 1952, she taught choral and orchestral conducting; in 1956, she joined the faculty of Temple University's Department of Music, where for two years she taught piano, method and theory.

An active member of the cultural communities in Philadelphia and Delaware, Balick organized concerts and lectures, and was a supporter of the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia. She was also a frequent lecturer for the Speaker's Bureau of the Delaware Humanities Forum.

She was involved in community musical activities for four decades, founding and directing the Delaware Contest for Young Musicians and the Community Showcase performance. She was an arts specialist with the Delaware State Arts Council and former state chair of the Delaware Alliance for Arts Education.

In addition, she served on the board of directors of the Delaware Chamber Orchestra and the Wilmington Ballet Company.

Balick also wrote two books, The Delaware Symphony: Origins and the First 50 Years and Reflections on Music: A Collection of Quotations About Music.

She received numerous awards and honors, including election to four honorary societies: Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Delta Epsilon, Astron and Pi Mu.

Balick is survived by daughters Jennifer Balick and Andrea Balick Feldstein; sons Michael J. Balick, Robert H. Balick and David H. Balick; brother Herbert S. Rosen; and nine grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Jacob Balick.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Young Musicians Contest, c/o David Schelat, First and Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE 19801.

 

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