NEC Preparatory School's Youth Repertory Orchestra conducted by Jane Ezbicki, and String Chamber Orchestra conducted by Peter Jarvis perform end of the year concert in honor of the late Melba Sandberg, who taught and conducted ensembles at NEC for 20 years.
The Melba Sandberg Memorial Concert
New England Conservatory is honored to thank The Michael and Helen Schaffer Foundation for its leadership commitment to establishing an annual concert in memory of Melba Sandberg and supporting current use scholarships for students in NEC’s Preparatory School. Additionally, we would like to thank the many individuals who made contributions in Melba’s memory and in recognition of the thousands of lives she touched as a mentor, educator, and musician.
Melba Sandberg passed away on November 15th, 2011. She was a valued member of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School faculty for over 20 years. She loved her students and NEC. They loved her back.
She was born in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1923 to Elof and Tekla Haroldson, both Swedish immigrants. At an early age, Melba discovered her love for the violin. This would be a passion that would define her, and help positively shape the lives of thousands of other young people, including hundreds at NEC. Growing up in the midst of the Great Depression, she graduated from Bethany College and then the prestigious Yale School of Music in 1946. Melba Sandberg lived in many parts of the country in her full, rich life, including Portland, OR, New York City, Binghamton, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA. She traveled the world with her violin, studying in Japan with the Suzuki Program, and playing in destinations such as Italy, Japan and Africa. She was the concertmaster of several orchestras, including Pittsburgh and Binghamton, NY. She was a very accomplished performer in a time when women were not necessarily taken seriously and given fair opportunity.
She spent the greater part of her later years in what she described as her favorite city: Boston, MA. Her life with the violin brought her much joy. In Boston, she was a teacher and a conductor of youth orchestras. Her passion was to share her gift of music with young people. She was on the faculty of the All Newton Music School, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, and the esteemed New England Conservatory. At 83 years old, she would still drive down Huntington Avenue, park her car at NEC, and share her love of music and the violin with her students. For years, she was the conductor of the NEC Youth Repertory Orchestra. In 2006, she was the second recipient of the NEC Preparatory School’s Jean Stackhouse Award for Excellence in Teaching, given annually to a single faculty member who has been nominated by her colleagues.
String Chamber Orchestra
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus"
Diamond: Rounds for String Orchestra
Youth Repertory Orchestra
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance, op. 46 no. 8
Puccini: Preludio Sinfonico, S. 32
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, op. 20
Esther Pak, violin
Winner of the 2012-2013 NEC Prep Concerto Competition (Category B)
Thomas: "Mignon" Overture