LEVY--Barbara H. Barbara H. Levy, passed away on March 10, 2012. She was born Barbara Jane Henly on April 6, 1927 in Minneapolis, MN, and grew up in St. Paul. The daughter of a pianist, she began cello studies as a child. She continued to pursue her music career in New York while she attended Barnard College. Shortly after graduation in 1948, she met S Jay Levy who she married a few months later. Early in her music career she won the distinguished Piatigorsky prize at Tanglewood. She studied with Diran Alexanian, Zara Nelsova and Ernst Rosenberg. She performed as a soloist and with chamber music groups in broadcasts on WNYC and WQXR and at Carnegie Recital Hall. In Westchester she was a member of the Afternoon Chamber Players. A longtime member of Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, NY, she is fondly remembered for her annual performance of the Kol Nidre at the Yom Kippur service. She shared her joy of music with many students as a private cello teacher. She was active as a volunteer and supporter of numerous causes including Barnard College scholarships, Planned Parenthood, and English as a Second Language. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, S Jay Levy and her children, Ann Levy, David A. Levy, and Joshua R. Levy as well as her grandchildren Claire Levy, Hannah Levy, Noah Simms-Levy, and Alice Levy. A private service was held at her home. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Barnard College or a cause she would have valued.
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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 25, 2012