Charlene Hultsch Wilson

Date of Death

January 4, 2014

City of Death

Portland, OR; formerly of Santa Barbara

Charlene Hultsch Wilson, musician and cello teacher, passed away on January 4th, in Portland, OR. She is fondly remembered by her three children, Charlyn, James and Cynthia; her sister Darrell, and her extended family. Born in Los Angeles, Charlene attended Hamilton High and Occidental College. She was married to Arlin Wilson, and later to Gordon Playman.

Charlene played in many orchestras, including the Santa Barbara Symphony for many years. She loved teaching cello students in her home studio and adapted the Suzuki violin teaching method to the cello. In 1991, she moved to Portland, OR and continued teaching. Family was very important to her; other passions were travel, trains, gardening, the color red, and family genealogy.

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Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Cello Society, PO Box 4035, Portland, OR 97208, for the “Charlene Wilson Scholarship”.


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