Margaret Bachelder of Newton, MA passed away peacefully on June 24, 2012 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Born in Oregon City, Oregon, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Evangeline (nee Morris) Bachelder. She was a graduate of Vassar College (with honors) and the New England Conservatory of Music (Master's of Music), where her teachers included Leonard Shure and Victor Rosenbaum. She was a member of the NEC faculty, where she taught piano in the Preparatory and Extension Divisions, and an instructor of piano and chamber music at the Boston Conservatory (special programs) and the All Newton Music School. She gave solo and chamber performances in the U.S., Italy, and Israel in major venues including Jordan Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Conservatory, and the All Newton Music School and served as president of the New England Piano Teachers' Association. Peg was a beloved friend, mentor, and moral compass to all who knew her. In addition to sharing her passion for music, she found joy in yoga, cycling, ballroom dancing, and the companionship of her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Martin Allen; her sister Ann Goulka and brothers Stephen Bachelder, and Edward Bachelder; her six nieces and nephews: Jeremiah, Sarah, Bradley, Emily, Charles, and Hannah; and her devoted Sheltie companion, Lincoln. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at a future time. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: The Margaret Bachelder Fund, New England Piano Teachers' Association, 40 Montvale Avenue #3, Roslindale MA 02131.
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Published in The Newton Tab from June 29 to July 6, 2012