In Memory

Dennis Cleveland VIEW PROFILE

Dennis Cleveland was an outstanding musician and teacher who, with 3 colleagues, formed the Audubon String Quartet, incorporating it into a going business concern.

The quartet, initially based at Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, gained international stature. It won first prize for interpretation of contemporary music at Evian, France and other awards in Rio de Janeiro and Portsmouth, England.  They were invited to play during a working peace session between President Carter, and Prime Minister Begin of Israel President Anwar Sadat of Egypt.  They also played on national television, and were regularly in residence at the "Music at Gretna" summer music festivals in Pennsylvania.

After graduating from Oberlin, Dennis attended Julliard.  He also studied chamber music with many masters.

  For several years, he was the principle violinist for the Atlanta and the Columbus, Ohio string quartets.

Dennis was born in Terra Haute, Indiana.  He was married twice, the first time to Catherine Hall, our classmate.


Thanks to Michael Smith, Dennis' first year roommate for seeking out information about him.

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06/05/17 12:34 PM #1    

Sheryl Greenbaum (Genco)

Dennis was an amazing violinist, very talented and focused! He was rather quiet from what I remember. I always admired his technique!

05/23/18 12:13 PM #2    

Priscilla Fritter (Peterson)

I have always remembered Dennis with great appreciation for helping me get through our Keyboard Harmony class (a requirement for performance majors), which was very scary for both of us because we were the only two students in the class who were not piano majors!  There were six pianos in the classroom and 12 students; Dennis and I were assigned to sit together, making matters even worse since neither of us knew what we were doing!  Every time the teacher would call on us to play chord progressions or whatever, for the rest of the class, we were both angst-ridden, but Dennis had a terrific sense of humor and would cajole me out of my misery.  Periodically we had to get together outside of class to practice together on an assigment, and while I was amazed by his light-hearted attitude, I was grateful for his reminders that I didn't have to take the class so seriously!  Somehow, we both managed to pass the course; he became a professional violinist, I became a professional flutist, and I still think of him whenever I see a piano!

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