El Paso Symphony cellist retiring after 50 years

Posted on: April 15, 2011

Thursday (4/14) on the ABC Channel 7 website (El Paso, Texas), Marissa Monroy writes, “After 50 years with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, cellist Ida Steadman will make her final curtain call Saturday. That’s when her final performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre. ‘It’s very emotional when you spend 50 years dedicating yourself to an organization like this,’ Steadman said. ‘It’s a big thing to stop.’ Well, Steadman isn’t so much stopping as slowing down. The 69-year-old plans to dedicate more of her time to the award-winning orchestra program she runs at Coronado High School. After all, her love of the symphony began when she was that age. … Steadman’s retirement coincides with the resignation of conductor Sarah Ioannides. Ioannides is the El Paso orchestra’s sixth and only female conductor. Steadman hopes both of their dedications to the symphony orchestra will instill a sense of support.”

Posted April 15, 2011