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April 21, 2004

World-renowned vocal coach Sylvia Olden Lee, 86, who coached opera and spirituals divas Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, and Marian Anderson, died of pancreatic cancer April 10 at her Germantown home. Singer and godson Bobby McFerrin said Friday: "I don't think there are enough adjectives to describe Sylvia's boundless energy. She was on fire all the time. "Sylvia was one of the best-known vocal coaches in the world. Her knowledge about Negro spirituals was boundless," said McFerrin, whose parents singers Sara Copper and Robert McFerrin were coached by Mrs. Lee. Sara Copper McFerrin said, "She taught me musical phrases and nuances" lessons that were delivered with wit and humor.

Posted by acapnews at April 21, 2004 8:32 AM


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