Julie K. Albright,
of Etna NH, passed away peacefully at her home on the evening of Monday, Sept. 4 from cardiovascular disease. Her life was devoted to music, and she was a well-loved teacher of piano to many children and adults in the Upper Valley area.
Julie was born in Washington, DC on January 25, 1947, the second child of Dr. Charles J. Albright and Margery K. Albright. Julie grew up in Falls Church, Virginia where she graduated from high school. At a young age she was already teaching piano to her younger sister Janice and neighborhood children.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and did further graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Julie moved to the Upper Valley in the 1970s and worked in the publishing industry and farming for several years, before deciding to devote her life to teaching music. She had spent the last few decades at her home in Etna, where she gave lessons at her Steinway grand. She also authored a unique series of “Rabbit Man” books and games to help children learn music theory.
Julie was very active in the arts community in the Upper Valley and beyond. In the 1990s she served seven years as the pianist for the Church of Christ Scientist in Hanover, and also performed at Dartmouth’s Faulkner Recital Hall; in addition she was a visiting instructor at Dartmouth College. She was on the faculty of the Alcott Music Camp in Norwich VT, and the director of a music theater group in the 1990s called the “Starseeds.” Around that time she also accompanied early, silent Disney animation at the Harvard Film Festival, and played at the Consortium for Vermont Composers’ 1994 Festival of New Music. For a time she was Chairman of the Board at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson NH, where she oversaw the Playing for Peace Project, a program that initially brought Arab and Israeli students to Apple Hill, and now has developed into a world-wide program that connects the world through chamber music.
Julie was predeceased by her father. She leaves her mother of Windsor VT, a sister, Janice Lambert of Charlestown NH, a brother, Charles Albright of Columbia, SC, and an uncle, George King of Hollis, NH, and his family; also nieces Martha Maki and Mary Morin; four great-nieces, Kayla Putnam, Emily Putnam, Michelle Holvani, and Coranna Maki; and one great-nephew, Troy Putnam, all of Claremont, NH.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 10:30 am, at the Ray School, 26 Reservoir Road, Hanover, NH.
Condolences may be posted on the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home website at www.rand-wilson.com.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 217, Sullivan, NH 03445 or online at www.applehill.org.
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