A few tributes to the late Leslie McEwen from community members
Leslie was so much more than a talented vocal teacher. That in itself was so much. The Wenatchee valley was blessed to have her. But she was also a one-in-a-million friend, mentor, second mom, cheerleader, and devoted fan–not just to me but to countless more kids and adults alike that were lucky enough to “endure her wrath” (I say lovingly). She was one tough cookie on the outside, with high standards and even higher devotion. And she was pure mush on the inside–oozing endless love, emotion, and pride in her students. I am so lucky to have had her in my life as my teacher, director, mentor, neighbor, and friend.
Mary Resk (former student, opera cast member, and octet member)
Director, the Apollo Club
Oh, Leslie! What a gift you were to our sensibilities. I appreciate the way Leslie expanded our musical horizons. The manner in which our children, in fact all of us, we’re enriched by the exposure to classical music is pure gold. There was no one like her and the loss of her will be powerfully felt.
All of the staff at the museum are very saddened by the loss of Leslie McEwen. She was an important colleague and friend. She was a teacher and mentor to two of my children, so the loss is heavy for my family as it is with many others in this valley.
Thank you for looping the museum into the conversation regarding the Julian Patrick Vocal Camp.
Museum Deputy Director Marriah Thornock and Development Director Nicolle LaFleur will be your contacts regarding understanding the financials of the camp and keeping such an important legacy going. They are both included on this email.
Wenatchee Valley Museum