Marjorie Chauvel, 98 at rest in Los Altos, April 25, 2021

Marjorie Ann Chauvel was born in Santa Barbara on October 30, 1922 to Allen and Mary Isabel Gibson.

She took up music and the harp at any early age. Playing the harp and teaching music became the love of her life. As a harp prodigy, Marjorie moved to New York at age sixteen to study under Carlos Salzedo, a French harpist, composer and conductor that made the harp into a virtuoso instrument. Marjorie then attended the Curtis Institute of Music, a private conservatory in Philadelphia. After Curtis, she moved back to New York where she performed at times with the New York Symphony and at Carnegie Hall.

Marjorie met Arthur Chauvel at Santa Barbara high School and later connected with him after WWII. Art was a fighter pilot on the U.S. Carrier Intrepid during World War II. Love letters passed back and forth during the War. When Art returned from the war, Marjorie moved back to California. Art and Marjorie courted and then married. They lived in Palo Alto and had two children Ronald and Nanette. Art and Marjorie were married for nearly sixty years and had a loving relationship until 2011 when Art passed away.

Marjorie performed at times with the San Francisco Symphony and at various other events in the Bay Area.  She most loved teaching the harp and counseled her many students on music and more importantly on life.  Marjorie taught at various schools including San Jose State, University of the Pacific, San Francisco State and Stanford, where she was honored by the highly acclaimed music department.  Marjorie taught at Stanford for around forty-five years until the age of ninety-three.  She loved her students and they loved her.   Marjorie was lucky to enjoy a wonderful life. 

Marjorie is survived by her son and his wife, Ron and Debra Chauvel and her daughter, Nanette Chauvel; and 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Please view/sign guest book:

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