Passings: Remembering Violist Kathleen L. Carroll
Philadelphia-area violist Kathleen L. Carroll, 50, died August 30 of breast cancer. As a youth growing up in Oregon, Carroll played violin. She switched to viola while studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. During her 20-year professional career, she also performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Pops, in theater orchestras, and with her own string quartet, Elixir. Diagnosed with cancer in 2001, Carroll retired when it became too painful to play. However, she organized a benefit concert for a Philadelphia-area hospice, raising $20,000. Memorial donations may be made to the MusiCares Foundation, 156 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019.