It is with sadness that I write with the news that Georgia Lauritzen, who had served as the first Director of Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University between 1990 and 2007, has passed away on September 29. Georgia was key to developing Sundin’s position as one of the most important music venues in the Twin Cities, and was called upon to return as interim director in 2008 to support continuity of leadership of the Hall.
Faculty in the Music department remember Georgia as an excellent colleague who proactively promoted Sundin in the wider Community. Chair Janet Greene notes that Georgia was “a great mentor and friend to her student workers at Sundin and she remained close to several of them to this day. Georgia will be missed terribly by me and so many others.” Professor George Chu remembers Georgia as “an unsung hero of Hamline, a modest person who always put the needs of others foremost,” and Professor You writes that Georgia epitomized the definition of a “wonderful colleague.”
Memorials preferred to Hamline University Music Department.
The faculty and the current Sundin director, Silvester Vicic, have collaboratively decided to dedicate the first Sundin performance of this academic year (Celebrating Beethoven, a Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations concert) to Georgia. It will take place in Sundin Hall on October 23, at 3 pm.
To send flowers to Georgia's family, please visit our floral store.