In memoriam Judy Hyatt, 1933-2015

Judith Hyatt with Miranda Wilson, August 2010
Judith Hyatt with Miranda Wilson, Khandallah, August 2010

Judith Hyatt, who died on July 22, was my first cello teacher, and the first person to inspire me to pursue a career in music.

The first time I came to Judy’s splendid Victorian house for a lesson, I was a skinny nine-year-old, all eyes and teeth and elbows, and I was so anxious on the doorstep that my knees shook. Judy’s warm greeting (“Hello, dear!”) dispelled my fear, and from that minute on, I adored her.

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