Rosalie Sue Calabrese
1938 - 2019
On the evening of April 19th, 2019, Rosalie Sue Calabrese of New York City passed away at the age of 81.

Daughter of Julius and Florence Hochman, Rosalie was born in 1938 in Queens, NY. She received her Bachelor in Journalism, City College of New York, in 1959. She married Anthony Calabrese in 1960 and their son, Christopher Calabrese was born in 1966. Rosalie and Tony later divorced, and Rosalie raised Chris as a single mother in Manhattan.

Rosalie Calabrese worked as a management consultant for the arts. For over thirty years she served as Executive Director for the American Composers Alliance, representing three hundred composers of concert music, a roster including Francis Thorne and Richard Danielpour. She then moved on to running her own business and her private clients have included the pianist Margaret Mills, photographer Margaret McCarthy, singer-songwriter Peggy Seeger, and the composers Arthur Berger and Irving Fine, among others.

Later in life, she became passionate about poetry and her publication credits include Cosmopolitan, Poetry New Zealand, Poetica, Jewish Currents, Mom Egg Review, and The New York Times. She has also published six books of her own poetry including one in honor of her son who passed away in 2007, entitled Remembering Chris. Always prolific, she has a seventh poetry book forthcoming.

Rosalie was sharp, witty, strong-willed, open-minded, but firm in her opinions. She was a magnet for friendship, and had a magic touch at connecting with people and retaining them as life-long friends through her loyalty, genuine interest in others and her willingness to participate in anything that came her way. She was devoted to her career, her poetry and her friends and had boundless energy, participating in events almost daily. As an arts consultant, she provided love and support to those who chose an often thankless career. She was connected to countless composers and musicians and everyone in the classical music world knew her. Her later years were fraught with health issues, but this did not slow her down until her most recent battle with pancreatic cancer. Less than two years ago, she was featured in an article in O, the Oprah Magazine, spotlighting the positive impact that the foundation GlamourGals has made in connecting youth with the elderly. Rosalie was dressed up in a beautiful gown and posed for a photo included in the article. During the shoot she was full of joy and said she felt "like a princess". GlamourGals presented Rosalie with the Inspiration Glammy Award in 2018, which honors an influential individual who's made a positive impact in their community.

Rosalie is preceded in death by her mother Florence, father Julius, brother Andrew and her son Christopher. She is survived by granddaughter Katharine Calabrese; daughter-in-law Pam Calabrese; sister-in-law Barbara Rosuck; nephew Jonathan Hochman; and niece Jessica Hochman Corcoran.

Memorial Service will be on Monday, April 29th at 3:00 pm at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City. Donations in Rosalie's honor accepted at Poets House (
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Rosalie, I didnt know until today, sitting in Riverside Park, face mask liberated so I could enjoy the sun, when a breeze stirred lovely thoughts of you and dear Len (who brought us together). I walked home and Googled you and discovered your obit. Im bereft. I treasure our periodic lunch dates. The landscape of the Upper West Side is changed. But, I will find a way to include you always. I will revisit your poetry. With love
Bruce Fagin
June 13, 2020
Dear Rosalie, I think of you so often. Our journey from boss/employee, to collaborators, to friends was such a comforting one. It is summed up in the song I wrote about you, which I am so glad you heard. I hope someday everyone will hear it.
Saul Davis
April 20, 2020
Rosalie will live on in the hearts and minds of all the many who admired, respected, and especially loved her. Save The Music, inc. will present our Rosalie Calabrese Memorial Concert one year from today.
Joel Suben
April 20, 2020
Dear Sweet Rosalie,
You were there in the exercise classes that I taught,
You were there for me when I was pregnant and had my daughter,
You were there for films and shows my husband presented,
You were there for our parties,
You were there as a dear lifelong friend and showed you cared for me always.
When you didn't write me back on your birthday, I was worried. You always wrote because you shared your birthday with my husband.
When you didn't answer the phone during Covid-19, I was worried.
I went online and got the news and cried. I miss you.
Your life was full and rich! How many people you touched and loved! You were there for us in every way. We are with you.
Goodnight and sweet dreams, dear Rosalie.
You are missed and you are loved always.
Thank you, gentle funny kind friend.

I didn't get to meet you, Katharine and Pam, and Barbara, Jonathan, and Jessica, but I always heard fondly about you. My heart goes out to all of you as you continue to heal. You are loved.
Most sincerely,
Peggy, Yasu, & Coco Suzuki
Peggy Suzuki
March 26, 2020
I am only just now finding this. I had no idea she was so ill. I first met Rosalie when I worked for her at American Composers Alliance. We slowly became friends and collaborated on two songs. Most recently, I wrote a song that is a musical portrait of and tribute to her. I had long hoped to collaborate on more songs. I enjoyed her friendship and encouragement for the last 35 years.
Saul Davis Zlatkovski
August 1, 2019
There is no one like Rosalie. All the many of us who loved her will keep the memory of this one-of-a-kind spirit alive always.
Joel Suben
July 31, 2019
My life long friend. We met as kids and learned that our parents had known each other before they were married. You were Arnie's most loyal client of over 50 years. You traveled to Southold to help us celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We said our good byes just weeks before you died. Rest In Peace old friend.
Joanne Simon
June 24, 2019
The last time I saw Rosalie, I asked her, "So, how are you?" and, instead of saying "Oh, I'm OK, though I have a bit of a cold", or some such health report, she answered, "Oh, I just had a new book of poems published." I commented that artists talk about their work rather than their bodies. She said, "Well, that's who we are."
Bennett Lerner
May 5, 2019
It was an honor to know Rosalie. She was always interested, open minded and Füll of humor. I will never forget when we picked her up with the car, a Red Mustang with seats covered with white leather. She was sitting in the front clapping her hands and laughing while we were driving down Broadway in this Red Roaring Mustang. Thank you Rosalie for being with us.
Bettina Brand
May 2, 2019
Dear Rosalie had such a spark that animated all around her and inspired her friends. She was cherished for her devotion to music and musicians, and her extensive efforts furthered the art significantly. In later years we were rewarded by the fruits of her passion for writing poetry - as enjoyed in her readings, email messages, and even the New York Times Metropolitan Report. An extraordinary woman!
Cheryl Seltzer
May 1, 2019
May the comfort of memories of beautiful Rosalie help you endure the sadness of losing her. At times when memories alone are not enough may the inspired words of poetry by King David lift you up, To my God I kept crying for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him for help reached his ears. Psalm 18:6
April 30, 2019
Your memory will always be a blessing, as was our long and meaningful friendship.
Joelle Wallach
April 29, 2019
Rosalie's spirit, her hosting of the Peer Poets, PEN AMERICA WOMEN, and other groups in her home, and her easy way of organizing people in a way that honored each individual was remarkable as was her talent for turning daily life moments into poetry. Her spirit shines! Love, Jan
Jan Castro
April 29, 2019
Dear Lifelong friend: You are my hero, my inspiration,& our(all your friends') own Poet Laureate I love you and always will. BB Phyllis,
April 29, 2019
Myrna Harrison-Changar
April 29, 2019
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