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Mourning the loss of Wisconsin music icon Marvin Rabin


MADISON (WKOW) -- Musicians and music educators across Wisconsin are mourning the death of Dr. Marvin Rabin.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Dr. Rabin died in UW Hospital last Thursday after a brief illness, at the age of 97.

The Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) released the following statement in response to the news of Rabin's death:

The Madison Area Music Association is saddened with the recent passing of Dr. Marvin J Rabin. Dr. Rabin was the winner of the 2009 Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award and was an Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he had directed the String and Orchestral Development Program for the Department of Continuing Education in the Arts.  Our thoughts go out to his family and friends as we mourn the loss of a true international treasure.

Amongst his contributions to music; he was the founding conductor of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Great Boston Youth Orchestras, and founder of the National String Workshop.  Internationally known as both a conductor and a instructor, he had conducted all-state high school orchestras, festivals and workshops in forty-eight states, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Europe; and youth orchestras in Canada, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Costa Rica and the Soviet Union.

In addition to receiving his 2009 MAMA Lifetime Achievement Award he received numerous honors and citations, including the 1977 Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and the 1984 University of Wisconsin Extension Distinguished Service Award.  Other awards included the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic Distinguished Medal of Honor, and (in 2000) the prestigious Governor's Award in Support of the Arts.

In 2001 The American String Teachers Association honored Dr. Rabin with the creation of the Marvin J. Rabin Award. This award is presented to an individual or organization making significant contributions to their community (local, regional or professional) through string/orchestra teaching and leadership

The Eastman School of Music had also established the Marvin Rabin Archive for his professional papers, and The Wisconsin School Music Association has established a library in Rabin's name to promote research and resources in string and orchestra education.

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