Blog | May 8

In Memory of Barbara Tanner

A longtime supporter of Gifted Music School from its beginning, Barbara Tanner's life, and legacy is in our hearts.

Longtime Advisory Board Member and dear friend of Gifted Music School, Barbara Tanner passed away on April 30, 2020 at the age of 103. Full of life, and love for the arts, Barbara left a legacy that is written on every score and played in every note at the school! We miss her, and thank her for her outstanding philanthropy and goodness. 

Please read this letter from Founder and Artistic Director, Eugene Watanabe, in regards to Barbara's passing:


To my wonderful friends of Gifted Music School,

It is truly with sadness that I communicate the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Barbara Tanner. 

Throughout her life, she was truly a remarkable ambassador of positive change and devoted her life to causes in our city that were important to her.  She became officially involved with the school ten years ago as a ardent supporter and friend of Gifted Music School, and she was a participant at many of our board meetings and came regularly to our concerts.  She helped build bridges and relationships for our school that still endure today.  

I hope to honor her beautiful life and accomplishments at an upcoming event.

With deep appreciation to all of you,




Photo credit and link to her full obituary can found here