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Mark_C #2886371 09/02/19 08:30 PM
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Ken Knapp #2886405 09/02/19 11:23 PM
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So sorry to hear this... I joined this forum only a few years ago and immediately noticed Monica for her invariably positive and supportive presence. And the way she communicated with us during her illness, with humor, wisdom, and strength...Just incredible. I absolutely support naming the quarterly recitals in her memory, she more than deserves this.

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This forum is such a special and unique place, one of the few safe and friendly havens on the Internet, and Monica had a huge part in making it so. Her attitude even in this terrible time was amazing. My condolences to her family and everyone who knew her.

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Sorry to hear this. Monica is always welcoming to everyone here. I remember someone on the forum mentioned she is our official greeter. She is always happy to share her knowledge with everyone. Always looked forward to listening to the soothing piano pieces on her Youtube page along with the recitals.

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This news is so sad, words cannot express. I did not contribute to recital #55 because I decided to no longer submit anything to the quarterly ABF recitals in general and found it even more inappropriate to upload something only because of Monica's ill-health. But I prayed for her. Now that I read that she did not recover I really do not know what to say. My God, that went fast. My thoughts are with her and her family. ...trying to change the smiley next to my nickname.

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Monica was the best. This forum will be so much less without her.

I'm just so glad we had a chance to say goodby.

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Monica was the best. This forum will be so much less without her.

I'm just so glad we had a chance to say goodby.


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This is one of the few internet message boards I've come across where helpful and friendly advice tends to outnumber arguments and noise, and I think Monica had a lot to do with how people treat one another here. I hope we can continue that legacy on ABF, and I look forward to playing an Einaudi piece in a future recital in Monica's honor.

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Monica was my favorite, her kindness unequaled.


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This is Athena, Monica's child. In her last directives she wanted me to make a post here, but I see that your loving community has already gotten the ball rolling. Thank you all so much for your kind words. I love reading about how much people appreciated her. This space meant so much to her- for over a decade I've heard stories about all the forum regulars, and I've been awed by the amount of support and love that she's received from people all over the world in the last few months. I'm very honored that you're considering naming the recital in her honor. It was just one of the many labors in her life that she took on voluntarily, and I'm so glad that she's being recognized for it.

I don't play piano (sorry!) but I loved listening to her play. When I was in high school and college and would sleep in on the weekends, she'd loudly play until I woke up. I was extra careful to listen to her these last few months, and I'll treasure the many recordings she made. I will miss her so much. Thank you so much for being a good, loving place for her.


My condolences to all the forum members that were so close with her.

Thanks Athena for fulfilling her last directives and confirming that she died. My condolences to you and the rest of the family.


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Oh my. If she was as insightful and irreplaceable in other areas of her life as she was on PianoWorld, I can only imagine what a huge hole this leaves in the world.


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She will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.


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Rest in peace, Monica. You have left a rich legacy behind through your music and warmth.


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I'm so sorry to hear this sad news.


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I haven’t been on PW in a little while so I just saw this very sad news. Monica introduced me to a couple of new composers and whenever I hear or play their music, as well as that of Einaudi, I will be thinking of her. I’m deeply saddened by this news, I think I’ll go to the piano now and work on The Aviators by Helen Jane Long, one of the pieces Monica introduced me to and one that I’ve fallen in love with. God bless Monica and her family, may they find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

And I agree with the suggestion to name the quarterly recital after Monica, I think it would be wrong not to.

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I just got the sad news.

When I was young, I thought youth was forever. Now I'm getting old and I see people I know passed away. I realize that life is short.



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I am so sorry to hear these news. My condolences to the family members and friends.

Although I am new to this forum, I already know of Monica and how much she contributed to this community. I think that says enough about the type of person she was.


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I'm very sad to read about this. I haven't checked the forums for a while, and this was a bit of a shock to me. And I'm also sad to see that I missed the recital dedicated to Monica. I'll definitely dedicate an Einaudi piece to her in the next recital.

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I'm would like to reintroduce the idea of renaming the recitals in Monica's honor, even though I'm the least possibly relevant person to do so, given that anything resembling recital deadline stress has made my autoimmunes explode from spite.

But it would mean a lot to me, and perhaps to many of us, to see her memory revived within the forum on a regular basis, and where better than with a project she supported so faithfully.

And her family doesn't seem to object.

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Originally Posted by tangleweeds
I'm would like to reintroduce the idea of renaming the recitals in Monica's honor, even though I'm the least possibly relevant person to do so, given that anything resembling recital deadline stress has made my autoimmunes explode from spite.

But it would mean a lot to me, and perhaps to many of us, to see her memory revived within the forum on a regular basis, and where better than with a project she supported so faithfully.

And her family doesn't seem to object.

I wholeheartedly reciprocate your sentiments. What you and some others are suggesting here is very touching. Hope it happens.


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