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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Evangeline H. Dillingham, 83

Evangeline Harlan Dillingham of Hingham, Mass., an accomplished pianist and chamber music player who helped establish the Heida Hermanns International Competition in Westport, died June 14. She was 83. Image
Evangeline Dillingham: active in classical music community. Contributed photo

A longtime resident of West Redding, she was active throughout her life in the classical music community in Connecticut and New York.

A passionate supporter of young musicians, she helped to establish the Heida Hermanns International Competition in Westport. She also founded the Meadow Ridge Concert Series in Redding.

She worked with many members of the Ridgefield Symphony. She served on the board and as president of the Connecticut Alliance For Music and oversaw the creation of its educational outreach program, which brought professional artists to inner-city schools.

She also developed a highly successfully opera series targeting young students in partnership with baritone Gregory Rahming.

She studied piano at the New England Conservatory with composer and pianist David Barnett. She performed in a variety of professional ensembles, including the Concorde Chamber Players. She taught piano privately and at the Westport School of Music.

She was an active presence at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and hosted many of its participants at musical gatherings at her family’s large converted barn in East Dover. She continued this tradition at the Topstone Road home she and her late husband, Frank Dillingham, a restorer of fine keyboard instruments, designed specifically for the performance of music.

She grew up in Weston, the daughter of longtime Weston resident John Marshall Harlan, who served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1955-1971.

An only child, she attended the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, which was founded by her great aunt. After graduation, she attended Radcliffe College for one year before leaving to study at New England Conservatory.

She was divorced from her first husband, Wellington Newcomb. She is survived by four daughters and one son: Alice Newcomb, John Newcomb, Amelia Newcomb, Kate Dillingham, and Maud Dillingham. She also had two grandchildren: Matt Trevithick and Harlan Trevithick.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 25 at 2 pm. at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

Donations in her memory should be sent to: Connecticut Alliance of Music, 61 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824;


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