JUDITH DIANE COPE
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COPE--Judith Diane. age 60, passed away at her home in Woodcliff Lake, NJ on September 18 after a valiant 20 month battle with brain cancer. Judy was Executive Director of The Elizabeth and Michel Sorel Charitable Organization, dedicated to creating opportunities for women in composition, conducting, piano, voice, and film scoring. She worked tirelessly and passionately to expand the boundaries for women in music, and in doing so, influenced many careers and touched countless hearts. Born on December 27, 1958 in Neosho, MO, she graduated from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School in New York City as a student of Beverley Peck Johnson. A gifted soprano, Judy was a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, and she performed for decades with a number of elite professional choral ensembles in New York City, including Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra, the Bard Festival Chorus, and New York Choral Artists with the New York Philharmonic. Judy is survived by her beloved husband, Gary Rasmussen; son, Alexander Preston Rasmussen; father, Stanley Cope; her extended family and so many dear friends. Her mother, Alice Cope, and brother, Steven Cope, predeceased her in 2011. A celebration of Judy's life will take place on Thursday, October 10 at the Church of the Ascension in New York City at 7pm, with prelude music beginning at 6:40pm. A reception will follow in the Ascension Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Sorel Organization's Judy Cope Fund for Women in Music (SorelMusic.org), to Voices of Ascension, or to the Church of the Ascension, where Judy was a devoted member of the choir for over thirty years.

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Published in New York Times from Sep. 29 to Oct. 6, 2019.
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October 10, 2019
Judy, the choir of Angels were singing for you. Your light and love will be missed by all who knew you. Your spontaneous tears of Joy have touched us all and you live in our hearts forever. Your son, Alex is such a fine young man and I know you are proud of him. Love to Gary who cherished you. You truly were the kindest person I ever met.
Sara Jones
October 10, 2019
Thinking of dear Judy Cope today. I wish I could be there tonight to hear the glorious music and feel her spirit. She was a great friend to me back in the 80's and we had a great time as roommates for about 6 months. When I think of Judy I think of laughing uncontrollably because we had so much fun. We lost touch as our lives went in different directions but somehow remained parallel as we both had our sons in the same year! Gary and Alex - my heart is with you both. I am so overjoyed to see what Judy did for music and how she was loved. I loved her too.
Jeanine Thames
Friend
October 10, 2019
Judy did so much to advance women in music and music in general. Godspeed dear. You will be missed.
Ali Khan
October 1, 2019
A bright light she was...hard to say she WAS...her light burns bright still in the hearts of so so many.
Love never dies, Judy..
Beverly Myers
Friend
September 29, 2019
Gary and Alex, our hearts go out to you. Judy was a rare soul, and quite a beautiful one. May she rest peacefully, in the loving embrace of God.
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