Mary Syme Linholm
Died September 23, 2009
Mary Syme Linholm obtained her Associate and Licentiate degrees in piano when she entered McMaster University at seventeen. While attending McMaster she continued music studies in Toronto. After graduation, came five years of advanced study in New York with the eminent pianist, Mieczyslav Horszowski, culminating in her New York Town Hall debut. An international concert career followed, with hundreds of recitals, radio and T.V. performances and appearances with major symphony orchestras. Mary had written more than 500 scripts – educational programs, dramas and films. She has written for Southam Press and the United Church of Canada and has won five writer awards at New York’s American Film Festival. Mary had composed more than 300 musical works – instrumental, songs, choir selections – with performances around the world. She composed music for The Friendly Giant, Sesame Street and the classic film, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, for which she was also music consultant. A recording of her music was graciously accepted by the Queen for young Prince Andrew – an unusual honour.