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Posted on October 25 at 10:20 p.m.
I studied under Zim at SBHS from 1977 to 1980. She scared me and inspired me, and at this ripe old age I continue to live her lessons (the muck of mediocrity is a favorite). I had the honor (I think?) of driving her for 2 years, to our concerts and on location rehearsals (I burned through a clutch in record time because I didn't want the car to jerk as we accelerated). I heard she mellowed in later years, sorry I missed that!
I also had the privilege of singing under her at the SB Mission in the early 80s. We did a live Easter sunrise service on NBC one year, and we sang for the Queen of England and the Reagans. Same discipline and expectation of excellence, but really just for music's sake.
Yes, she was the teacher I wish every child has the honor of knowing, the one who expected more from us than we could imagine, held us accountable, taught us to dream, taught us excellence, taught us to believe in ourselves.
I will miss you Zim!
On Phyllis Zimmerman: 1934-2012