Willetta Warberg

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Title: Concert Pianist, Music Educator (Retired)

Location: Woodstock, New York, United States

Willetta Warberg, Concert Pianist and Retired Music Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Music.

After her remarkable career as a food writer in New York, Ms. Warberg dedicated her ‘90s to her passion for music as a duo piano partner and composer with Robert Starer, and went on to coach piano in Saugerties and Woodstock until 2014. She remains a director of the board of the Friends of the Maverick Concerts Inc. and vice president of the board for the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and still plays as a concert pianist. Music fans may recall her from her residency with the Holy Cross Concert Series in Kingston, New York, while food lovers will recall her syndicated food column and arts critiques in Times News. Ms. Warberg has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Born in Twin Falls, Idaho to George William Warberg and Ethel Margaret Warberg-Chandler, Ms. Warberg attended the Colorado Women’s College, the Aspen Music Camp, and studied under the tutelage of her mentor classical pianist Rudolf Firkušný from 1951 to 1953. She earned a BS from Mannes College in the New School for Music in New York City, and married David Jacob Bar-Illan in 1954, now divorced. Ms. Warberg had Daniela and Jeremy Oscar, and returned to the arts as an associate food editor for Look Magazine in 1956. She went on to work in an editorial capacity and as a photography stylist. In 1960, Ms. Warberg went on a restaurant study in Israel supported by the Point 4 Program, affiliated with the U.S. Department of State and the International Cooperation Administration. She was the president and owner of Willetta Enterprises in her home town, her own advertising agency that ran until 1984.

Ms. Warberg’s articles have appeared in magazines like Esquire, Scientific Digest, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan. She is the author of “Space Age Cookery” and “Cooking from Scratch.” In 1991, Ms. Warberg returned to her first passion, music, full time. She had been a 1949 Winner of the rocky Mountain Talent Search Contest from the Salt Lake Tribune and the Salt Lake Telegram, and over the years had been playing as a concert pianist in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Colorado, and New York. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Kingston Music Society, and a certified member of the Music Teachers National Association. Ms. Warberg has been playing the piano since 1940, and shows no sign of ending the song any time soon.

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