To the Bloomingdale School of Music Community,
We are deeply saddened to have to tell you that Lawrence Davis, Bloomingdale's Executive Director for the last 22 years, died Thursday, November 7th, after a short illness.
Few of us need to be told of the tremendous impact Lawrence has had on the Bloomingdale community as a champion of access and performance. Thousands of children and adults benefitted from his determination to bring culture and performing arts into our world. Under Lawrence's leadership, the school assembled a faculty second to none among community music schools in New York, a group that shares his vision of music as an integral part of our lives.
In the weeks ahead we shall have the opportunity to celebrate Lawrence's life and work, and share our common experiences of his love, companionship, and professionalism. At the same time, we shall make plans to carry on his good work that has placed Bloomingdale at the forefront of music education in New York.
We offer our condolences to Lawrence's family and friends, with the knowledge that his inspiration will continue to be felt for years to come.
The Bloomingdale School of Music Board of Directors
Susan Lanter Blank
Jean Marie DeVeaux
*Donations in Lawrence's memory can be made to Bloomingdale School of Music where they will be used to fund music access and scholarships, his foremost core value in the school's mission. Please visit here.
Pictures from the Concert Celebrating the Life of Lawrence Davis
The BSM Community Sings "Simple Gifts".
BSM Board President, Paul Ness remembers his time working with Lawrence.
Lawrence's sisters, Karen and Tamie Davis, share stories of their wonderful brother.
Jo-Ann Sternberg, Bathsheba Marcus Conley, and Evangeline Benedetti perform a movement from Beethoven's Clarinet Trio, Op. 11.
Arthur and Mary Sachs remember Lawrence.
Former MAP student Joshua Rim shares how much Lawrence affected his life.
BSM MAP students perform the first movement of Brahms' Piano Quintet.
BC Vermeersch recalls stories from his many lunches with Lawrence.
Marc Peloquin remembers his collaborations with Lawrence throughout his tenure at BSM.
BSM Faculty perform a movement from Bach's Keyboard Concerto in f minor.
Jeremy Conley, former Assistant Director of BSM, fondly reminsces about Lawrence.
BSM board member, Toni Dechario, reads one of Lawrence's blog entries from "Reaching In".
Chen Chu leads the BSM Chamber Orchestra in "Danny Boy".