Curtin's extraordinary tenure at Tanglewood

To the editor:

On behalf of all of us at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood, we are deeply saddened by the news of Phyllis Curtin's passing.

Phyllis's extraordinary artistry and deeply effective role as a master teacher at Tanglewood, all informed by her dynamic presence, dignity and elegance as a human being, will be missed beyond measure by her legions of fans, dedicated students and loyal colleagues.

Having led one of the most popular vocal master classes at Tanglewood for 51 years and participated in two of the festival's most iconic American premiere performances — Britten's "Peter Grimes" in 1946 and his "War Requiem" in 1963 — Phyllis Curtin has no doubt taken a place of honor in Tanglewood's pantheon of great major musical figures who have had an undeniable impact on the festival and its school.

Her profound spirit of creativity and generosity, along with her legacy of artistic gifts on stage and off, will serve as an inspiration for students and music lovers for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Phyllis's family at this time of great loss.

Mark Volpe, Boston The writer is managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.