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Colene Schwandt's Online Memorial Photo

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Born on September 14, 1928 in Keene TX to Thomas Jefferson Hooper and his wife Ethel Robinson Hooper. With her husband, Allen Lester Schwandt, Colene gave birth to Craig Allen (me) on August 30, 1955, and Bruce Edward on May 2, 1957. She died July 25 in Fallbrook, CA from natural causes. Many of the details of her life are recorded in the tributes on this site, including my own (Craig). Much of what she did revolved around music, her most vibrant passion. Her family was paramount, and fortunately, they too had music, in particular vocal music and song as their raison d'etre. 




Colene Schwandt is a professional soloist residing in Dana Point.  She has performed in Music Festivals around the world.  On April 27, Colene will bring her talent to the Camino Real Playhouse.  Joining her on stage will be Thomas Macfarlane and Ronald Warnell.  The Sunday afternoon tea and concert, “Mostly Americana”, will feature works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, Sondheim and others.  Selections include John Kander’s A Letter from Sullivan Ballou,  Maria and Somewhere from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and excerpts from Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. 

Ms. Schwandt received her Master of Music degree from the University of Redlands, where she later taught voice.  Her opera and Broadway musical credits include Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Lucy in The Telephone, Georgette in Il Tabarro, and Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, to list but a few.  She has performed with conductors Christopher Keene, Sir David Willcocks and William Hall in both the United States and Europe.