Gilda Marie Mazzanti
1933 - 2013
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Gilda Marie Mazzanti
Resident of Monte Sereno
Gilda Marie Mazzanti was born in Los Gatos, California on September 10, 1933 to Hugo and Norma Mazzanti.
Gilda lived in Los Gatos and San Jose all of her life. She was a true Californian native. Her interest even in early childhood were music, animals, and education. Gilda graduated in 1955 from San Jose State University with a major in Music and a minor in History. She earned her Master Degree in Music in 1959. Gilda taught music and history in the San Jose Unified Public School System for over thirty years. She also taught private violin and piano lessons to many students over the years.
Gilda played violin in the Silicon Valley Symphony for 53 years. The Mazzanti Society was named in her honor and all donations to the Society are used to support the Symphony in perpetuity.
Gilda was an avid reader and world traveler, who made a lasting impact on everyone who had the pleasure of her friendship. Her curiosity for life, world cultures and customs, art history and epicurean delights were a few of her interests.
Gilda is survived by her Uncle Rudy Ricci, her cousins Susan Pino and Aaron Enna, Robert, Tommy and Jimmy Ricci and second cousins and many friends who will all miss her tremendously. Her spirit and sense of humor will be with all of us always.
She will be deeply missed. Gilda passed away on June 5th 2013 in Los Gatos, surrounded by her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, her family has requested that donations be made to the Symphony Silicon Valley Mazzanti Society.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., June 13, 2013 at the Los Gatos Memorial Park.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jun. 11, 2013.
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May 7, 2014
Miss Mazzanti was my orchestra teacher for two years at Bret Harte Junior High, and I loved being in her class. She had to be the most enthusiastic human being that I have ever met in my life. Like any great teacher, she was capable of bringing out the best in me -- even though I never practiced!

Concerts were such a treat! Miss Mazzanti made me feel as if we were the showstopping act every time that we played.

Most meaningful to me, however, is she gave me a sense of worth and importance at a time in my life when those attributes were lacking. I thank God for her and how she made my middle school years more enjoyable and memorable.
Scott McKinzie
January 8, 2014
Miss Mazzanti shall always remain in my heart. She saw me developing as a violin student with no private teacher. She offered herself completely to me by giving free violin lessons from 8th through my senior year. She even picked me up from school and we drove to her apartment for my lessons. I will also remember the very refreshing Frescas soda I had during my lessons. It was with Miss Mazzanti that I learned me first big Concerto(Max Bruch's Concerto in Gminor). What Miss Mazzanti taught me was to have confidence in not just my playing ability but me as young growing person. That is what I can now pass on to my students today. Gabriel Partida
Gabriel Partida
September 6, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of Ms. Mazzanti's passing...she was my teacher at Bret Harte. I played the violin in the orchestra and always looked up to her. I thought it was so cool that she played for the San Jose Symphony. She is definitely one of those teachers you never in peace Ms. Mazzanti.
Carrie Isaason
June 14, 2013
I remember Miss Mazzanti as we knew her, coming to the house to teach my older sister violin while at Schallenberger. I remember her to be strictly professional and little intimidating but boy could she play violin And my sister did very well with her. Later she came out and taught when we moved to Almaden. All us kids loved her even though she she only taught two of us, the others were bass players. If memory serves me correctly....we also bought our puppy from her so many years ago, or told us what kennel to purchase from out in Almaden. Always have had the upmost respect for her and her talents. Sounds like she had a wonderful life and lived it to the fullest as well as left a lasting impression on many people...God Bless you on your next journey Miss Mazzanti.
Janet Huggins Holt
June 12, 2013
Miss Mazzanti taught me how to play clarinet when I became a 4th grader at Shallenberger Elementary. By the middle of 5th grade she convinced my parents I should study with a man that had recently retired to Willow Glen after a long clarinet career with several major symphonies, including the SF Symphony. I played all through high school and ended up going to SJSU to major in music. I would occasionally look her up or call her during this time, then we kind of lost track of each other as life got in the way.

Many years later, after I had been the director of the marching band at SJSU for quite a while I called her up to thank her for giving me my start in music. She immediately proceeded to list everything that I had accomplished in music during the last 15 years! I was absolutley blown away. She told me that she knew from the time I left Shallenberger that I would end up playing or teaching music to others, and that she had "followed my progress through the years".

I will never forget her encouragment to a little kid back in 1957. She is the reason my life took the direction it did and she is the reason I've had so many performing and teaching opportunities throughout my life. She was a great lady and I will never forget her.
Scott Pierson
June 11, 2013
Miss Mazzanti was my music teacher at Kirk Elementary School in the early 50's, I told my parents I wanted to quit playing the violin and they wrote me a note thanking her but I wanted to quit. She read the note and looked at me and said "No, I won't let you quit, you are a good violin player!" I said "ok" and went on to play through my high school years. I remember her as a good teacher and am grateful for her lessons.
Susan Narlesky
June 11, 2013
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