- From: Sherrill Swanson
Location:San Diego, CA. 92108
Aunt Marion was a wonderful and fascinating woman. I thought I knew her but from her obituary, I learned many things. I didn't know of her compassion for the downtrodden although it doesn't surprise me. My mother adored her and felt she was the most talented person in the world. She will be missed.
- From: Diane Birr
Dear Mr. Macfadyen,
I send my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother, Marion Hall. I studied with her at Indiana and know that she is responsible for my being a professional pianist and teacher. I had the great fortune of visiting her while she was still living in her apartment in Bloomington in 2001. She was so excited by new things she was discovering at the piano and made me sit down and try things right there! I will never forget her enthusiasm for music and her tremendous curiosity for the technique of playing the piano, as well as her extreme devotion to her students. I feel very honored to have been under her tutelage and have had her as my teacher.
Professor of Piano
- From: Dennis Malone
Location:New York City
Gavin, you are very much in my thoughts as I remember Marion vividly this week. I have a tape of her faculty concert at Indiana in 1980 with 2 Brahms Piano Quartets, which I'm having converted to CD. Happy to send you one if you'd like.
- From: Patty Franson
Location:San Diego, Ca
I loved Aunt Marion and wish I could have spent more time with her. One of the best memories I have of her is when I went to Bloomington and spent a few days with her with my nephew Jason. She played one of the Grand Pianos she had in her living room. It was incredible, beautiful, an experience few will ever experience. The sound, the debth, the emotion. Wonderful! I wish I had such a passion for one thing in my life! I am amazed she lived so long. As a childwhen she visited us,(my mom in San Diego) she just never seemed to feel good. God, you have to love that right side of the brain. Bless you Aunt Marion. Say hi to Mom!
- From: David Michael Hertz
What I remember most about Marion Hall Macfadyen is the love and concern with which she taught and also the fact that she really had something profound to teach. She knew everything about the piano and the nature of music. I studied with her with for years. Some things she tried to teach me came easily, others less so. But when I finally understood I remember her deep satisfaction and pleasure. This was a very real, palpable pleasure. Very pure. As a teacher myself, I always remember this. And of course every time I touch a piano I think of her and the rich warm tone she produced when she played. A prodigy who appeared with the Denver Symphony in her teens, Marion was an original with her own way of interpreting and teaching music. Her students were very lucky to have known her. She was the real deal.
- From: Lea Schmidt-Rogers
Location:San Diego, CA
Marion was one of the greatest influences in my life. Her positive outlook, her pride in her son's and students' achievements. She had information about piano technique that could change people's playing.
I last visited her about 8 or 10 years ago, when she was beginning to lose her memory. She could still give me a piano lesson though! I know that she helped hundreds of students reach a higher level.
I wish that I had seen her in Nov. when I was back in Bloomington, but I had no idea that she was still among us.
- From: Kevin Walsh
My thoughts are with you as I remember your remarkable mother. She was such an incredible piano teacher that I think if I had been any kind of sentient primate she could have gotten music out of me. I was very fortunate to find her and I will always use the gifts she gave me in my own playing and teaching.
Her approach also involved the time away from the bench, trying to awaken her students to new possibilities, whether it be by incorporating Feldenkrais Movement, Alexander Technique, or whatever. It was not that she herself taught these things but she suggested them to her students to help create an opening for their musical progress. She was a devout pragmatist, and a quiet radical, in the original sense. That is, she went for the root of the problem, and worked from there whether it was piano technique or something else. And with piano technique she was both supremely patient and articulate in the most minute detail. She was fascinated with it and this infected us.
In this regard she was a teacher head and shoulders above some of her colleagues who, by virtue of their performing careers, were adept mostly at attracting students. She saw no student as unable to be helped and she put this into action again and again.
That she was also a radical in her worldview was a result merely of looking at the root cause of other problems. She was always getting pleas for funds from various causes that she supported, organizations working on a shoestring around the world. She never gave up on them either.
I will miss her and I send you warm regards. Your mother's was a life well-lived.
- From: Robert Shaw
I doubt you remember me as we met only once when you visited. Marion spoke often about her admiration for you. I lost track of her she moved over by campus. The last time I spoke to her was when she had some remodeling done by the family member of the one who swindled her. I confirmed her suspicions about the quality of the work. I had no idea that she was swindled, but since he preyed on family and friends I can see that happening. She was also victim to the guy who built the lake house. I did a lot of remedial work on that house. I came to know her through a student who worked for me. I don't recall if you were here for her husband's memorial at the Union, but Marion had me take the leftover food to another of her students who was a friend of both of ours. In fact he lived in the apartment in the lake house and did chores. I used to go to the union and play chess with her husband after he moved to the Union. Mostly, she gave me work to help me financially and because she trusted me to do things for her. I actually feel so bad because she lived at Garden Villa. I live on the same road and only a half mile further. I went by several times daily. About, seven years ago I bought the factory (Otis Elevator) across the street from the Villa. As you might surmise I have been successful in my construction and apartment business. I have a picture your mother took of me to this day. I just want to say that she was a friend to me and I will never forget her or the Calico cat she gave me. I never understood why she was so very good to me, but she was.........feel free to respond, or if there is still anything I can do please let me know......
- From: Joyce Petty
Location:Chula Vista, CA
I remember being at Grandma Werner's one day when we were talking about family members. Aunt Marion's name came up and Grandma thrilled in telling me about her being a concert pianist. I never met my Aunt Marion, and I would have loved to have done so. She was one of those exceptional people that only come along once in a lifetime. My condolences to Cousin Gavin, know that your mom lived a full and rewarding life and "did it her way."
- From: Ann O'Bryan (Cockerham)
I studied privately with Miss Hall from 1981-1990. She helped me tear away layers of stage fright and untied the knots in my hands and arms and psyche - residue of prior teachers. I also appreciate the stories she shared with me, and continue to be inspired by her every day as I practice.
- From: Kathleen Mickel
Dear Mr. MacFadyen, Please accept our condolence on the passing of your mother, Marion Hall MacFadyen from the Friday Musicale, Bloomington, Indiana. At the beginning of our monthly meeting on January 13, Yvonne Reinier presented a biography and appreciation of your mother. She was beloved of many of our members. We wish you comfort and blessings at this time. Sincerely, Kathleen Mickel, recording secretary for the Friday Musicale Board and membership, president Cynthia Hrabak
- From: William Capone
Location:New York City
I studied with Marion, whom I always called Miss Hall, during the early seventies. She was an incredible inspiration to me and helped me immensely as a person and pianist. She was one of peopole who are seminal in one's life. I will always remembered her as one of the personal pillars in my life and will miss her dearly.
- From: Vicki King
I was so saddened to hear of the death of my beloved teacher, Marion Hall. When I went to IU in 1968 to study piano, the piano committee put me on performance probation because of my background from an emotionally abusive piano teacher who had destroyed my technique. No one at IU would agree to teach me because I had too many "problems." I heard several students in the lounge talking about Marion Hall. "She can help anyone's technique." I went to see her and begged her to teach me. She agreed to do so, even though she was only paid for 12 students and was already over her limit. She believed in me and my talent. She changed my life and my technique. Many years later, I wrote a book called, "Playing the Piano Naturally," and listed her in the acknowledgements. I sent her a copy of the book and she immediately wanted 6 more for the students she was teaching (she was 92). I was able to visit her and play for her, so that she could see how her belief in me had born fruit. Because of what she taught me and the difference she made in my life, I have been able to change the lives of other pianists whose technique has been destroyed by abusive teachers. I loved her and owe her SO much. I can't pay it back. I can only pay it forward.
Dr. Vicki King, Coordinator of Piano Studies, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
- From: Dr. Thomas King
Dear Mr. MacFadyen, Please know that your dear mother was such an inspiration to my wife, Vicki, who studied with her at IU and then kept in touch over the years and went back to share Rachmaninoff and technique and...and....and... By association, your mother inspired me as well. I did sing for her once or twice. It was a distinct honor.
Her loving and giving spirit was evident in everything she did. Of course, in her teaching and her passion for music, but also in her dealings with people. She fed our souls, she lifted us up out the mundane world and transported us to the heights, she BELIEVED in us, she nurtured us, she moved us, she "shook" us. Even in her 80's and 90's she had the fire of a teenager and the wisdom of the ages and she spread that fire and that wisdom across her living room, throughout her studio and into the world of music and of education. Thank you, thank you for sharing her with all of us music students. We are far richer than you can imagine for having known and worked with Professor Marion Hall.
Sincerely, Thomas King, IU, class of 1970
- From: Melinda Dillon
I am so so sorry for your loss. I loved your mother and owed her a huge debt of gratitude for her care and concern of me when I left home. She suggested I go see one of her students, Robert Mungerson, and he gave me direction and stability and more. Your Mom was my first encounter with an artist, with a genius,and with the tenderest of mothers. She had so much respect for her son!
The last time we had contact, I had sent her a photo I had taken of you when we were 17, and she called to thank me and we visited a bit.
What a blessing she lived long enough to be able to see Matthew's fine work.
I'm a late comer to these computer-machines, and am slowly finding my way on them so I only just found this. Forgive the lateness of this message!
I will light candles for her and for you. Sending love as always, Melinda