Eileen Folson

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Eileen M Folson was a Broadway composer, professional cellist and a Grammy nominee. She died on February 4, 2007.

Early life[edit]

Eileen was born in 1956 as the fourth of six children. On a whim in junior high school, Eileen and a friend auditioned for the orchestra. Eileen really wanted the bass but was given the cello instead. From this humble beginning and years honing her craft, she emerged as a world-class musician.

Although the cello eventually became her major instrument, she was able to play several other instruments. At the Philadelphia High School for Girls, she learned how to play harp, bassoon, cello, piano and trumpet. She chose to focus on the cello, although she continued to play the trumpet in the bands that she played in with brothers Earl and Mark. Eileen then attended the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia on scholarship, followed by University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she earned both her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music in cello performance.

Professional career[edit]

Eileen’s professional career began when she was chosen to apprentice with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Her professional accomplishments include:

Personal life[edit]

Eileen was a wife for 28 years to Jack Folson, mother to Khalil and Charlene, and grandmother to Isaiah.

She was baptized and fellowshipped at the First Baptist Church of Hillside. She remained active in the life and work of her church and her church family until her death.