Obituary: Violist and pioneer Margaret Solomon, 81

Posted on: January 20, 2011

In Wednesday’s (1/19) St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Sarah Bryan Miller writes, “Margaret Salomon, a violist and pioneering female member of orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, died Saturday (Jan. 15, 2011) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, of multiple systems failure. She was 81. At a time before blind auditions, when orchestras were largely restricted to men, Miss Salomon won a place in each of several major ensembles, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and, finally, the SLSO, where she spent 38 years, retiring in 2004 with 50 years as a professional player. In St. Louis, Miss Salomon was co-chair of the orchestra’s travel committee for 16 years, said double bass player Don Martin, her co-chair. … Miss Salomon taught viola at the Community Music School and elsewhere. After retiring from the SLSO, she became principal viola of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.”

Posted January 20, 2011