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She turned into composition relatively late in her life, at age 35, starting to compose after the divorce from her first husband, Romeo Cascarino. Many of her works were commissioned by the Pennsylvania Opera Theater. Garwood received a master's degree in Composition from the University of the Arts in Philadelphiawhere her husband Dr. Donald Chittum worked as a professor of world music and music theory. Margaret Garwood died on May 3, in her home in Wyncoteat age 88, from acute heart failure.
Margaret Garwood was born in New Jersey on March 22, Her father, Morse Garwood, was a tax lawyerand her mother, Miriam Frew, was a feminist housewife. She also had a brother, Charles Garwood, who was born in There were no musicians in her immediate familybut music was always present in her family through audio recordings and radio broadcasts of the music of Richard Wagner and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Her first musical experiences involved playing songs on the piano by ear when she was six years old. At this age, she started to have formal piano lessons with Carol Johnston Sharpe. When Garwood was fourteen, her family moved to a farm in Chester CountyPennsylvania. She continued her piano studies with Allison Drake from the Philadelphia Conservatory for two years.
She also received lessons from Earle Echternacht, a private instructor in Lancasterfor an additional year. Garwood moved from Chester County to Philadelphia with her mother in when her parents divorced.
In Philadelphia, Garwood continued her piano studies while her mother worked for Planned Parenthoodfirst as a field worker and then as an administrator. Inshe took a job with a local opera company as an assistant to composer and director Romeo Cascarino.
Eventually, Garwood and Cascarino married in She learned about composition and orchestration by listening to his music and observing his writing process. During this time, she taught piano at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Here she met Dr. Donald Chittum, who would become a strong supporter of her work, and eventually her husband. Inwhilst studying with Prostakoff, Garwood began working as a composer.
Their relationship did not consist of traditional composition lessons, but rather Gideon would serve as an educated and informed soundboard for when Garwood needed assistance with her compositions. She reflected on her musical education experience by stating that "I didn't believe pianists should go to college. They should stay home and practice.RHONJ: Did Siggy Just Call Melissa Trash? (Season 8, Episode 2) - Bravo
To this end, I studied piano extensively, going to New York every week for 12 years, and took courses that I felt like taking at the Philadelphia Music Academy. Inafter my second divorce, I applied for a teaching job at Muhlenberg University in Allentown, but although I had been teaching from — at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I needed a Master's degree in order to teach at Muhlenberg. InGarwood met and married her second husband, economist Joe Oberman.
Inthey moved to a farm in East Greenvilletwo hours from Philadelphia. During this time, Garwood developed a rabbit growing business. She d teaching piano in in Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Garwood and Oberman divorced inand Garwood d her teaching in Muhlenberg College until InGarwood married Dr. Donald Chittum, a professor of music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Chittum insisted Garwood quit her teaching career to focus on her compositional work. Margaret Garwood died on May 3, in her home in Wyncote, at age 83, from acute heart failure. Most of Margaret Garwood's musical output has consisted of vocal works, but she has also composed a variety of chamber pieces. A list of some of her compositional works will be presented to demonstrate this. This list contains the names for some of her works and the movements and sections contained within each work.
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