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Dr. Sally Stone Worsing Leaves a Legacy of Music Education

Dr. Sally Stone Worsing, founding director of the City Music Center at Duquesne University, died Nov. 26 in her Penn Hills home after battling lung cancer.

Worsing, 70, a classically trained pianist devoted to music education, facilitated more than 1,500 children and adults studying music at the City Music Center, which she started in 1989. It became one of only 22 community music schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Her fundraising efforts helped to provide disadvantaged students with scholarships so that music would be available to all who wanted to learn.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, Worsing also had run a music program for children at Carnegie Mellon and taught at St. Edmund’s Academy, Shady Lane School and the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf before coming to Duquesne.

“For 21 years, Sally Worsing gave inspired and passionate leadership to the City Music Center at Duquesne University,” said Dean Edward Kocher of Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music. “Sally’s love of music and children brought a lot of beauty and goodness to the youth and families of our region. We will miss her.”

The center, which currently has about 250 students ranging from ages 3 to 60, provides group classes as well as individual lessons and recital opportunities. Former artistic director Natasha Snitkovsky, adjunct professor of piano and founder of the Duquesne Young Artist Competition, will serve as acting director of the City Music Center.

Arrangements are being handled by John A. Freyvogel Sons Funeral Home in Shadyside. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Sixth Presbyterian Church, Forbes and Murray avenues in Squirrel Hill.

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