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WHIT KELLOGG

September 2, 2012 New York Times

WHIT KELLOGG  

KELLOGG--Whit. The Metropolitan Opera mourns the untimely death of our dear colleague Whit Kellogg, who served as rehearsal pianist for our ballet for 30 years. Over those years, Whit developed a deep rapport with the Met's dancers through his excellent musicianship and his warm and supportive presence. Beloved by the dancers, he was an integral part of the dance troupe. He will be sorely missed by all of his friends and colleagues at the Met. We extend our sincerest condolences to his spouse Kennon and to his family. Peter Gelb, General Manager James Levine, Music Director

September 2, 2012 New York Times

KELLOGG--Whit. We mourn the loss of our dear friend and pianist, Whit Kellogg, a gifted musician whose talents have graced classes at the School of American Ballet for many wonderful years. We will miss his gentle presence, his wry sense of humor and, most of all, his music. Peter Martins and the faculty, staff and students of the School of American Ballet

Bio

Whit Kellogg has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Music Staff since 1982. For nineteen years, he was musical director of the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program and worked as soloist, arranger, and composer for the Chautauqua Symphony. He also plays for the School of American Ballet for whom he recently played “Two and Three-Part Inventions” during their Jerome Robbins celebration. Since 2003 he has been on the coaching staff of the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy. In addition to the Met Opera, he has played for American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. He has worked with David Howard, Jean-Pierre Bonnnefoux, Patricia McBride, Violette Verdy, Marina Stavitskaya, and Antoinette Peloso, Nancy Bielski, and Paul Boos among others