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Denise Bacon '37

Denise Bacon '37 bestowed Dana Hall with a great musical legacy. In the mid-1950s Bacon composed Dana’s current Alma Mater, and in 1957 she founded the Dana Hall School of Music.
Bacon graduated from Pine Manor in 1940 and the Longy School of Music in 1943. She continued her education at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received a degree in piano in 1952 and a Masters in Chamber Music in 1954. Bacon was awarded the New England Conservatory of Music’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 1984 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Bacon spent 1967-68 in Hungry learning about the Kodály method of musical instruction at the Liszt Academy and the Orff Institute. After returning, Bacon founded Kodály Musical Training Institute in Wellesley in 1969, and the Kodály Center of America (KCA) for graduate level teacher training.

Bacon’s list of honors also includes: Outstanding Achievement Award from the Organization of American Kodály Educators in 1989, medals from the Hungarian government in 1983 and 1989, and the Dana Hall Distinguished Alumna Award in 1990.

Bacon passed away on November 11, 2014 at age 93.

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    "I love playing basketball at Dana. Our team is really like a family, and we’ve grown so much over the three years I’ve been on the team. My freshman year I never would have thought that we would be able to win the EIL league, but this past winter we did! What makes the team so great is how we look out for each other on and off the court. My teammates are my biggest supporters and it’s always great when we get to welcome new members onto the team. I can’t wait to be captain next year."
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