DeLay, Dorothy , greatly respected American violin pedagogue; b. Medicine Lodge, Kans., March 31, 1917. Her father was a cellist and her mother a pianist. She attended Oberlin Coll. (1933–34) before pursuing violin studies with Michael Press at Mich. State Univ. (B.A., 1937) and Louis Persinger and Raphael Bronstein at the Juilliard Graduate School of Music in N.Y. (diploma, 1941). She established herself as one of the foremost violin teachers in the world; after working as an assistant to Ivan Galamian, she taught at the Juilliard School of Music (from 1947), Sarah Lawrence Coll. (1948–87), the Meadowmount School of Music in West-port, N.Y. (1948–70), the Aspen (Colo.) Music School (from 1971), the Univ. of Cincinnati Coll.-Cons. of Music (from 1974), the Philadelphia Coll. of the Performing Arts (1977–83), and the New England Cons, of Music in Boston (1978–87). She also conducted master classes all over the world. Among her most celebrated pupils were Itzhak Perlman, Shlomo Mintz, and Cho-Liang Lin.
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