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  • "Pia, you were a gem, a very bright instructor, and brought..."
    - Dianna Petty
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    - Fred Strickler
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    - Greta Berman
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passed away at her home on May 14, 2018. Born on June 1, 1921 in Kippenheim, Germany, Pia was "addicted" to music at an early age, an addiction that remained with her throughout her long life. Emigrating to New York together with her family in 1937, Pia eventually settled in Los Angeles where she taught music for dance at UCLA. As an emigre in Los Angeles in the 1950's, Pia formed lasting, close friendships with many of her fellow European emigres, writers and musicians, among them the Arnold Schoenberg family, Igor Stravinsky, "my extended family". Pia also had profound friendships with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, as well as Virgil Thompson, Elliott Carter and Ned Rorem. Upon retiring from UCLA in 1985, Pia became an esteemed member of the graduate music faculty at the Julliard School. Her charming and humorous anecdotes of personal experiences with well-known friends made Pia a beloved icon at Julliard. Pia will be greatly missed by her loving family, her daughter, Vivian, brother, Hans and his wife, Barbara and their children, Rebecca, Jonathan and Sarah. Funeral services will be private.

Published in The New York Times on May 15, 2018
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