Annette Roussel-Pesche dies

Annette Roussel-Pesche, 82, a former associate professor of music, died on May 19, 1997, in Clarion.

A well-known pianist she joined the music faculty at Clarion State College in 1966, retiring in 1981. She continued to perform in solo and chamber concerts at Clarion and the immediate area following her retirement, presenting a jubilee concert in Marwick-Boyd Auditorium on Sept. 16, 1990, to celebrate her 75th birthday and 50th year as a performer.

She was born Dec. 29, 1914, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Meyer and Mary Rosenson. She earned a B.A. in music cum laude in 1936 from Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, where she studied piano with Selmar Janson. In 1937, she went to the L'Ecole Naormale de Musique de Paris for graduate study in piano and piano pedagogy under Alfred Cortot, Nadia Boulanger, Pierre Fournier, and Georges Dandelot.

Roussel-Pesche made her U.S. concert debut in April 1940 at the YMWHS Series in Pittsburgh as the recipient of the prestigious Young Artist of the Year award. Her concert debut in Paris in 1948 was followed by recital tours in Europe and the United States.

Her interest in writing led her into a lenghty stint as a scriptwriter for the music desk of the "Voice of America" and enabled her to contribute articles and reviews to various music periodicals. Prior to joining Clarion, Roussel-Pesche taught at Bradley University and Chatham College.

During the summer of 1972, she extended her music activities to France and England where she combined research on French composers with sonata performances in collaboration with violinist Marie-Paule Cataignet; and attended master classes and seminars at the Music School of Dartington College of the Arts.

In 1976, Roussel-Pesche was selected by the Pennsylvania Consortium for International Education to teach a course "Mozart-The Man and His Music" at its summer school in Salzburg, Austria. During 1978, she played two concerts at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and sonata programs in Grenoble and recitals at a chamber music festival at Paladru.

In retirement she continued to perform, teach, travel, and research, undertaking the compilation of her personal memoirs of her former teacher, Alfred Cortot.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Gillian and Zlatibor Milovanovic, and two grandchildren.