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Annette Filion Murphy

1930 - 2015 BRATTLEBORO Annette Filion Murphy passed away on March 24, 2015 with her family at her side. The daughter of Wilfred and Mary Filion, Annette was born in Brattleboro on February 25, 1930. She found her passion for music in the midst of the beautiful Green Mountains at the Marlboro Music Festival. Her lyric soprano voice caught the attention of Marlboro founders Louis and Blanche Moyse, who mentored her and helped begin what was to be a 60-year career as a professional singer, singing teacher and choral conductor. Her music touched the lives of many. From children's choirs and theatrical groups to vocal chamber groups, from performances of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to Requiem Masses, Annette's love of music spanned the spectrum of musical styles and her teaching influenced many generations of performers. Chamber groups founded and conducted by her include: The Consortium for Early Music Chamber Singers (New Hampshire Lakes Region); Keene Chamber Singers (Keene, NH); and most recently, The Oaks Chamber Singers whose performances delighted audiences in the Thousand Oaks, California area for 15 years. Her first found love was music, but her true love was her husband of 53 years, Charles Joseph Murphy, also of Brattleboro, VT, who passed away in early 2007. Together they lived primarily in Southern New Hampshire, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Brattleboro, VT and in the mid-1990s moved to California to be closer to their daughter, Meloney Roy, son-in-law, Don Roy and grandchildren; Daniel, Kenneth, and Matthew. Since that time, Annette enjoyed the additional love and company of two granddaughter-in-laws, Tamaryn Roy and Karolina Roy and two precious great-grandsons, Liam and Kellan. Additionally, she leaves a sister, Margaret Collette, of Kellwood, FL and a brother, Richard Filion, of Thousand Oaks, CA as well as other relatives and many friends.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Apr. 1, 2015
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