Eugene P. Lombardi
1923 - 2016
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Lombardi, Eugene P.
Eugene Lombardi was born July 7, 1923 in Swissvale, Pennsylvania to parents Maria and Nunzio. Gene served in the Army Air Force during World War II, trained as a bombardier and was extremely active in the entertainment corps. Education included a Bachelors of Arts degree from Westminster College, a Masters of Arts from Columbia University, an Education Specialists degree from George Peabody College, and a Doctorate of Music from Westminster College. Gene moved to Phoenix in 1950 to lead the Orchestra at Phoenix Union High School. In 1957 he accepted the position of conductor of the Symphony Orchestra in the College of Music at Arizona State College, later to become Arizona State University. He held this position for 32 years. Dr. Lombardi retired from ASU in 1989 having served as a Professor of Music, Violin teacher and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra. Eugene was Concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for 19 years, Concertmaster of the Flagstaff Festival Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He was a member of the New Art String Quartet in residence at Arizona State University. Gene was also the Conductor of the Phoenix, Arizona People's Pops Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphonette, the Fine Arts Strings at Scottsdale Community College and the Sun Cities Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Lombardi is the recipient of the Music Appreciation Award from the City of Phoenix, the Gold Medal Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Arizona State University Alumni Association and the Excellence in Music Teaching Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. Eugene has also received recognition through being listed in the Dictionary of International Biography, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Entertainment and Who's Who in the World. Eugene passed away October 17, 2016 and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jacqueline Sue Lombardi, his son, Robert, and brother Armand Lombardi of Houston, TX. Services on Nov. 5th at 3:00pm at Friendship Village of Tempe.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 2, 2016.
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February 29, 2020
Gene Lombardi was my violin teacher And orchestra director at Arizona State from 1961-1966. He also gave me a few lessons when I was in grade school, but dismissed me because I wouldnt practice. I practiced more for him in college, however. He was definitely old-school. Im sure I learned more from him than I gave him credit for at the time. I wish I had known then what I know now about the violin and how to practice. I would have appreciated him much more as a teacher.
Christopher Bonds
December 13, 2016
Dr Lombardi has been on my mind the last few months. Now I know why. I adored this man. He taught me so much both musically and personally. He will always hold a great and adoring place in my heart.
Michelle Call Farnsworth
November 6, 2016
I was 13 years old when I met and began violin lessons with Gene Lombardi. Because of his expert teaching and guidance, I was able to perform in two professional orchestras: 17 years as a first violinist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and 21 years with the Richmond Sympony Orchcestra of Virginia. When I attended ASU, I was the Concertmaster of the ASU Orchestra (under Gene Lombardi), and was allowed to solo on the exquisite Peter Guarnerius violin owned by ASU. I will always be grateful to Gene because were it not for his talent and quidance, I would never have achieved the success that I have enjoyed on the violin, throughout my life. Gene, you were a Mentor, an exquisite performer and a dear friend. And Sue, you too, were a part of it loving remembrance, Jan Sessions White
Jan Sessions White
November 3, 2016
I was friends with Dr. Lombardi's daughter Genanne, and I remember how kind and gracious the whole family was. Their house was one of elegance and refinement, centered on an appreciation of beautiful music.
Patt Leonard
November 2, 2016
Some of my happiest days as an undergraduate was playing in the ASU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Lombardi. I certainly learned a lot from him. He was a firm disciplinarian and a very encouraging teacher. I built much of my record collection on our orchestra repertory. I'm just a little sad seeing the photo of Dr. Lombardi looking so handsome with his violin.

I offer my deepest condolences to you Mrs. Lombardi and your family. God bless you all.
Tommie Taylor
October 31, 2016
Professor Lombardi could make a violin sound as if you had never heard it before. He could make it "sing". Eugene Lombardi will be missed by his church, his loving wife Sue, and his peers at Arizona State University. What has been in my mind is the warmth of his discussions about the classic musical pieces. I am honored to have known this fine gentleman. My sympathy. - John Pecoraro
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