In Memoriam Renate Stage

Renate Stage

Longtime Seattle Symphony violist, Renate Stage, recently passed away on September 21st. Renate will be remembered as a gracious, caring person, devoted to her musician colleagues and the music they shared.

Renate was born Nov 14, 1940 in Sangernboden, Switzerland. She was a lover of art, music and languages. She studied viola at the Bern Conservatory, Boston University, and the Paris Conservatory. In Boston she met David Stage, who became the love of her life. In 1965, they married and moved to Seattle, where David did post-doctorate study at the UW Medical School and Renate became a member of the Seattle Symphony viola section. During her early years in Seattle, Renate also served as an Orff specialist on the faculty of "The Little School," where she enjoyed teaching children.

Renate loved the outdoors, and she especially enjoying hiking and camping on her return trips to Switzerland. Always curious, she was an avid reader with vast interests. She was also a master gardener; the garden at her North Seattle home was a showcase of beauty, with her rose garden taking center stage.

As a member of the Seattle Symphony Players Organization, Renate herself was the hospitality committee even before there was an official committee! She had the pulse of her orchestra family and cared deeply about each member. Bouquets of roses from her garden often welcomed visiting conductors and guest soloists. The hundreds of cards she wrote, whether for condolences, congratulations or encouragement, were all part of Renate's way of caring for her colleagues.

She was an outstanding musician who played with deep understanding and appreciation for the music being performed. Renate made the symphony a better orchestra and a more caring community, and the imprint of this beautiful woman will always be with us.

Linda Cole
Seattle Symphony, violin

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