Sunday, December 21, 2014

Curtis student dies in dorm

A Curtis Institute of Music student died Thursday night in the school’s Locust Street dorm in Lenfest Hall, school officials said. Louisa Womack, 20, a double bass player from Rochester, N.Y., was in her second year at the music conservatory. No further information about her death was available Friday.

Curtis student dies in dorm

A Curtis Institute of Music student died Thursday night in the school’s Locust Street dorm in Lenfest Hall, school officials said. Louisa Womack, 20, a double bass player from Rochester, N.Y., was in her second year at the music conservatory. No further information about her death was available Friday.

School faculty, students and administrators “gathered formally on Friday morning, by which time all students, faculty, and staff had been notified. Curtis’s team of student services and mental health professionals has been and will continue to be onsite and available to students 24/7, and all students have been offered counseling whenever and wherever they need it,” a spokeswoman said.

Curtis has curtailed its performance schedule at least through the weekend.

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Update (Monday, 9:45 p.m.): Womack's death has been ruled a suicide by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, a spokesman for that agency said. 

Photo: In an expression of grief, Curtis students carpeted the school's front entrance with flowers.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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