Cynthia Swift Prentice

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Cynthia Swift Prentice, age 77 of Dogwood Lane, Trumbull, CT, died, Wednesday evening, Feb. 1st at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Milton F. Beisiegel. Cynthia S. Prentice was born April 17th 1928, daughter of Harold and Dorothy Swift of Tenafly, NJ. She graduated from Orleans High School in Cape Cod, MA. With an innate musical talent she entered into the musical world and for four years attended the Julliard School of Music, preparatory division. She later was a student at the prestigious Berkshire School of Music of Tanglewood, MA for 3 years. She graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors degree of Music. She was a member of the Central Florida Symphony in Orlando for two years. There followed an illustrious career in music as an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and for 17 years at the Weston School of Music. She was most recently a member of the Bridgeport Symphony and the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra. She performed through the years with other groups including the Ridgefield Symphony, Norwalk Symphony, Stamford Symphony, violist with the Connecticut String Quartet, and a player with the Greenwich Philharmonic. She taught private music lessons for more than 50 years and had an active student body, teaching violin, viola and piano at her Trumbull studio. Besides her husband Milton Beisiegel, she leaves two sons, Edward and Thomas Prentice of Massachusetts, a daughter, Susan Turner of Sacramento, CA (children of Cynthia and her late husband Richard C. Prentice) and a sister Susan Doherty of Baltimore Maryland, a stepson Scott Beisiegel, of Oxford CT and seven grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held in Milfordside Cemetery, Woodbridge CT. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers the family would greatly appreciate contributions to either the Yale New Haven Hospital or a local youth music organization of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. Cynthia was very special to us, and we will miss her very much. She had so much patience and kindness for her students, and we will miss sharing cookies and flowers with her.–Tyler, Margaret, Bailey and Mike O’Malley

  2. Cynthia’s spirit, love of music and music education will always be an inspiration to all of us who knew her. Milton, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May music be the medicine that keeps you strong. Fondly, Carol Warshaw

  3. Dea-Milton,My-deepest-sympathies-to-you.I-will-miss-Cynthias-sweet-face-and-her-music-very-much.Love,MaryDrake

  4. Dear Edward, Thomas, and Susan, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom. It seems like just yesterday that your dad and mom visited our home in Trumbull, and we visited with all of you in your home as well. My dad and I enjoyed your mom’s performance at Yale several years back. I will always remember your mom’s gentle manner and great sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. love, Judy ( Cepuch) Fusti and family

  5. I always loved playing next to Cynthia in CT Chamber Orchestra. What a kind, sweet woman. She always sent me back to Boston with kind regards to my boys and my husband. My deepest sympathies to Milton.

  6. I was so sorry to hear that Cynthia has passed away. From one violist to another, she will be missed. All my sympathies to her family, particularly to Milton, a colleague of mine in the New Haven Symphony. Ellen Higham

  7. I would like to send my Sympathies to Cynthia’s family and especially to Milton. I have known Cynthia and Milton for many years and am very saddened by her passing. Larry Watson

  8. To Milton, Sorry about your loss. I think about you often. I didn’t know Cynthia lived in Brewster MA. I lived there for 5 years. I now live in S.Yarmouth MA. Best regards, Rod McCaulley

  9. To Susan, Your mother was so proud of you, and so happy for your marriage and your birthday! She always shared news of you with me at symphony rehearsals. She was such a sweet and friendly person, and a great musician. She will be missed very much! Much sympathy to you in your loss. Love, Leslie Frankel

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