(skip this header)

Westport News

Sunday, September 21, 2014

westport-news.com Businesses

« Back to Article

Natalie Ryshna Maynard, pianist, dies at 85

Published 10:48 am, Thursday, March 8, 2012
Larger | Smaller
Email This
Font
Page 1 of 1

Natalie Ryshna Maynard, a former concert pianist and longtime Westport piano teacher, died Sunday, March 4, at Norwalk Hospital. She was 85.

After a performance and recording career, Maynard opened a piano studio in Westport and, over the last quarter-century, trained a generation of pianists.

Born Aug. 21, 1926, in Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late George and Helen Hook. At the time, they lived in Gulph Mills and she attended Upper Merion High School.

She received awards throughout her career, including the 2010 Westport Arts Advisory Committee Lifetime Achievement Award in Music and Town of Westport Arts Advisory Committee Appreciation Award in 2008.

Maynard won scholarships to the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and a seven-year fellowship at the Juilliard Graduate School to study piano. After graduating from Juilliard in 1952, Maynard launched her career with a New York debut and began touring internationally with Columbia Artists Management in 1953. She taught piano in her private studio in Westport from 1985 to 2012.

She held numerous positions, including serving on the board or advisory board of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, the Stamford Symphony and the Friends of Music.

She was predeceased in 2011 by her husband of 51 years, Harry E. Maynard. She is survived by a daughter, Melanie Maynard Catalano and her husband, Tony; another daughter, Amie Maynard Oravez; and grandsons, Christopher and Michael Oravez.

A memorial is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Natalie Maynard Scholarship Fund, care of Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881-5159.