Florence Kopleff Memorial
Georgia State University School of Music
Arts at GSU
Kopleff Recital Hall at Georgia State University
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Florence Kopleff – You will forever be remembered by us in Atlanta and throughout the United States.
Thank you for all your contributions to the arts, to Atlanta, and to Georgia State University.
Amazing Memorial service – performances by Cary Lewis, Walter Huff, Tania Maxwell Clements, Kate Murray, Richard Clement, Maria Valdes, Serafina Furgiuele, and the Georgia State University Singers under the direction of Deanna Joseph.
Beautiful remarks by Dwight Coleman, Thomas Shaw (son of Robert Shaw,) Alice Parker, Sue Sigmon Williams, Lorna Haywood, and John Haberlin
Florence Kopleff (May 2, 1924-July 24, 2012) was an American contralto.
She was born in New York City, and died in Atlanta, GA of complications of diabetes.
She began her career in 1941 when she was in her senior year of high school. In 1954 the New York Times termed her performance at New York’s Town Hall “a debut recital of considerable distinction,” and further stated that “Her voice is a large, powerful instrument with a wonderful ringing sonority, evenly produced over a wide range.” She was very active as a concert and oratorio singer, appearing and recording with many of the great conductors of her era, particularly as a soloist with the Robert Shaw Chorale. She was also a frequent soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, of which Robert Shaw was the conductor. Time magazine once called her the “greatest living alto.”
She taught at Georgia State University starting in 1968, when she became a professor and the school’s first artist-in-residence. The GSU School of Music’s recital hall is named for her.