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Emily Oppenheimer passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on March 3, 2014, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her beloved family.
Emily was a harpist, wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. She began playing the harp after her father went to a ballet performance and loved the harp so much he decided his daughter needed to play it. Emily attended Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and was a pupil of Marcel Grandjany and Eileen Malone. She was the harpist for the Norwalk Symphony and the Bridgeport Symphony for many years, as well as, playing for many religious services and weddings. Emily also played in the pit for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She participated in the chamber music series at the Silvermine Guild, playing with Isaac Stern and Julius Baker.
Emily taught harp at the Julliard School of Music precollege division (28 years), the Westport School of music, University of Bridgeport and also gave private lessons in her home. She was an active member of the American Harp Society, serving as second vice-president of the Connecticut chapter and New England Regional director. Throughout her long life she shared her love of music and the harp with young and old alike.
Emily moved to Norwalk in 1950. She and Philip built a home in Village Creek and brought up their children in this waterfront community.
Emily is survived by her husband of 71 years, Philip Oppenheimer, PhD; her brother, Dr. Albert Lowenfels; her four children Louise Flax, Ellen Oppenheimer, Carl Oppenheimer, and Doris Ruth Barton and her grandchildren Corinne Flax Shippee, Leah Flax, Emily Oppenheimer, Kyle Oppenheimer and Ari Oppenheimer.
The family will be sitting Shiva from 7pm to 8:30pm on March 4th and 5th at the home of Larry and Louise Flax, 12 1/2 Outer Road, Norwalk, CT 06854.
Contributions in honor of Emily's long and generous life may be made to Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856, phone (203) 852-2216, fax (203) 852-2311, firstname.lastname@example.org or AHS Foundation c/o Penny Beavers, 646 Worcester Drive Cambria, CA 93428-3230, www.harpsociety.org.
Please visit www.collins-funeral.com
Published in The Hour on Mar. 5, 2014