HARRY B. HERFORTH (Pittsburgh, PA Sept. 18, 1916 - May 7, 2013 Cleveland Heights, OHIO),
Trumpet player and music educator, died on May 7, 2013 at his home.
He received his early musical training from Carl McVicker. As a scholarship student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, he studied with the renowned George Mager, first trumpet of the Boston Symphony.
He earned an Orchestra Diploma, then a Soloist Diploma before his service in the Army Air Forces (WWII) and a Bachelor of Music after his service.
In the Armed Forces, he became a Band Leader.
He attended Tanglewood on scholarships during the 1940's and joined the trumpet section of the Boston Symphony in 1946. In 1951 he joined the Cleveland Orchestra trumpet section, and in 1955 he founded the Cleveland Brass Quintet.
During his career as an orchestral musician, he had the good fortune of performing in concert under Kousevitsky, Munch, Szell, Bernstein, Copland, Stokowski, Milhaud, Stravinsky, Beecham, Ansermet, Monteux, and Markevitch, to name a few.
His career on the music faculty at Kent State spanned three decades.
He also taught at the Willoughby School of Fine Arts and the Cleveland Music School Settlement for many years. Through the auspices of the JCC and other community organizations, he was also active in adult music education. During his later years, he enjoyed being a member of the TOPS band, a group of "Tough Old Professional" musicians. His first wife Nancy, 2nd wife Lydia Stonier and son, Brooke predeceased him.
He is survived by children: Nanci and Mark (Seattle), Boyd (Hudson Valley), Derek (Sydney, Australia) and Colin (Sitka, AK) and stepchildren: Heidi, Jeff and Tony (NYC area), Francesca (Montana) and Jessica (Seattle).
Published in The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio on May 26, 2013
HERFORTH LYDIA HERFORTH (nee Casarella), 91, died Saturday, December 3, 2011. Wife of Harry; mother of Jefferson Stonier (Shoshanna Liben-Stonier), Heidi Stonier (Randy Leer), Anthony Stonier (Rose Trivisonno), Francesca Welch (Tom), and Lady Jessica; step-mother of Nanci Parton (Raynor), Boyd Herforth (Nancy), Derek Herforth (Albert), Mark Herforth, and Colin Herforth (Christy); grandmother of seven; and one of eleven siblings survived only by her beloved sister Eva Richardella.
A first-generation Italian-American, Lydia put herself through college, graduating Magna Cum Laude (Sigma Phi) in English Literature.
After raising five children, she devoted twelve years to fundraising for the Women's Committee of the Cleveland Orchestra.
No local services or visitation.
Donations may be made in Lydia's name to Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OHIO.
Published in The Plain Dealer on December 8, 2011