Philip Rosheger's Memorial Fund

$7,570 of $10k goal

Raised by 84 people in 42 months
Carla Melzack  BRIGHTON, MA
With Philip's untimely death on Dec 4th, 2013 we want to expand this fund as a celebration of his life and music. Philip died tragically and too soon. He still had so much to do and to create musically. His legacy of creative thinking and his music continue to impact many around the world. Our focus will now go toward two goals: a Memorial Concert in the San Francisco area - hopefully sometime this spring; Publication of some of Philip's music as well as reviving copies of some of his past CD's. Some of you are already behind the scenes helping us organize for these goals. We can't thank you enough. We may have practical limitations on how many can perform or which ideas we can successfully pursue but we promise to do our very best to honor Philip through you - his friends, students, and colleagues. We welcome your participation and sharing your remembrances of Philip. We hope to outreach to others who knew Philip and his music to help us create a joyous memorial concert and to continue spreading Philip's music to others who have yet to discover it.

Philip's family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for the help and donations you have already so graciously given and extended on behalf of Philip. Out of our tragedy, we are blessed to have discovered a new family in all of you. We are getting to know so many of you and it helps soothe the terrible pain at losing Philip. We are forever indebted to those of you who helped us literally at Philip's bedside, who supported and continue to support us in so many ways through this very difficult time. We truly feel that, through you, we've discovered so much more about our Philip's life and the positive impact he had on others. We are forever touched and changed by all of you who have given us the ultimate gift of showing what Philip's life and music truly meant.
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Update 7
Posted by Carla Melzack
39 months ago
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Dear Friends of Philip,

Philip's family is happy to announce Philip's Memorial Concert with the invitation below. Our gratitude goes out to the The San Francisco Guitar Society which is organizing this homage to our beloved Philip. April is Philip's birth month - a very fitting time to celebrate his life and music.

Memorial Concert to Honor Philip Rosheger
April 19, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 PM
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
1600 Santa Lucia Ave, San Bruno, CA

The San Francisco Classical Guitar Society, with the participation of Philip's family, will present an Homage to Philip Rosheger. We invite you to attend. You may have been Philip's friend or student or perhaps knew him through his music. His untimely passing has saddened us all. The Homage will permit those who knew Philip to perform and to speak in his memory and for all to pay their respects to Philip. If you would like to attend or to participate, please RSVP at the address below. Feel free to contact the family via GoFund if you ahve any questions.

Performers will each have a short time to play a piece that was written by Philip, or is connected with Philip in some way, and if they wish, to say a few words in his memory. If you would like to perform, please RSVP by March 25th and state the piece you plan to play so that we can work with performers to avoid duplications. If more people choose to perform than there is time available, with assistance from Philip's family, we will select the performers. If you would like to speak rather than play a piece, please let us also know by March 25th.

We plan to record the Homage and post it on YouTube. If you are unable to attend but would like to submit a video performance, we will be able to edit it into the YouTube posting. Send an RSVP of your regrets and request details for sending your video.
Please forward this invitation to anyone that you think might be interested in paying respects to Philip's memory.

There will be no admission fee to this event. However, donations will be accepted to support his family's efforts to publish Philip's written and recorded music.

RSVP to Dror Schneider at drorschneider2020@yahoo.com
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Update 6
Posted by Carla Melzack
40 months ago
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Philip's family had a small private service for him on Friday Dec 13. We are still in shock and grieving over our loss. Philip was our shining star "“ the talented beacon of our family. It is very difficult to fully grasp the fact that our beloved brother and father is gone. After the private funeral service, Philip was commemorated at a small Italian restaurant he loved and had played guitar at over the years. The owner shared stories- both humorous and touching regarding Philip over the span of the 20 years he had known him. Philip's favorite foods and drink were ordered in celebration of his life. It was bittersweet and yet heartwarming at the same time. It has spurred us to create a fitting memorial service and concert that honors Philip.
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Update 5
Posted by Carla Melzack
41 months ago
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Our dear Philip passed away yesterday morning around 5:30 am. He died peacefully, having never woken from his surgery Oct 23. A bright light has ceased to shine and today our family is struggling to make sense of a different, dimmer world without our Philip. There will be no public funeral service at this time. Instead we are looking forward to planning a special memorial concert to honor Philip and his life and music.
We would very much appreciate your ideas about how best to coordinate such an event. We know Philip would be honored to have many of you "“ his friends and colleagues participate.
Good night sweet Maestro, our beloved brother, father, our very good friend.

My Brother

Philip had the rare gift of making the room come alive; of making his presence known in whatever environment he was in; not just with his music and his guitar, but with his passion for people and conversion. I can visualize him now, sitting
cross legged yoga style playing his guitar, peering over the top of his glasses, listening intently to whatever we had to say, all the while never missing a note. At some point during the conversion however, you could tell you said something that struck a cord and he would soon pause and refrain from playing his guitar; you were about to be enlightened to put it mildly, you were about to witness a whirlwind of passion, the man; the same passion expressed in his music; you were about to enter Philip's world, if you hadn't already.
Society it seems would have us suppress our passions, our dreams, our creativity and ultimately stifle our very being. They would have us instead, "act with courageous devotion to a higher moral cause." Philip of course, would disagree emphatically with this notion of succumbing to a way of life that goes against our nature. He would take to his podium, and in his usual and sometimes
overwhelming manner set us straight. He would undoubtedly say something like,"follow your passions and embrace them."

When I think of Philip, I find solace in the words of Will Durant, "In all things I saw the passion of life for growth and greatness, the drama of everlasting creation. I came to think of myself not as dance and chaos of molecules, but as a brief and minute portion of that majestic process." I can think of no better words to describe Philip's philosophy on life, except to say, "Follow your Passion."
I shall miss him.

Michael

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Update 4
Posted by Carla Melzack
41 months ago
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Dear Friends of Philip,

It's taken several days to post this update while overwhelmed with grief.
Philip's family made the heart wrenching decision to take Philip off life support. This decision was made after several weeks of extensive evaluations, testing, as well as multiple consultations with specialists. Not only did Philip's team of doctors think this best but, more importantly, his family knew that Philip would have made the same decision for himself as he had specifically written this out beforehand.

After more than a month in a coma it had been determined that Philip is in a vegetative state - the result of severe brain injury from massive internal bleeding after surgery. It became clear that Philip would never recover his former life of playing guitar and composing music "“ forever bedridden in a limbo state, never to walk and speak again as the person he knew himself to be and whom we all loved.. Philip did not want to be kept in such a state. He said he preferred to be allowed to die as peacefully as possible if this situation ever arose. Philip is now dying peacefully in hospital, watched over by family and close friends.

Our grief knows no bounds as Philip is our beloved youngest brother whom we always protected and cherished as he was blessed with a wonderful creative talents and artistic majesty on the guitar. Philip is a beloved father who will always be remembered for his legacy.

We can not thank all of you enough who have outreached to support Philip and his family "“ who have overwhelmed us with your heartfelt support, generous donations, and shared with us your own personal stories and experiences about how Philip has impacted your lives. We will hold these things forever in our hearts.

We hope to reach our financial goal to help Philip end his life with dignity and to have a memorial service in the near future which will hopefully include many of you to commemorate how Philip contributed to the world of music. We will also strive to spread Philip's music so many generations to come can enjoy it.

We will keep all of you posted when Philip finally decides to leave this earth. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
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Tizzy Kerr
33 months ago

Bits of Philip have surfaced as I've been in process of moving. I have a cassette tape of a concert in IdahoIdaho which a friend is transferring to CD for me. Listening to old phone messages, I found one from Philip in which he told me to listen to his CD carefully, for there were crickets singing in the background. He thought it quite cosmic.

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Barbara Cadranel
39 months ago

I loved you Phillip. Our times in Santiago de Compostela, and then later in New York, and CA etc. Those times, and our chats over the phone the last year were up beat and even funny. Also- you spoiled me- after we played the Bocherinni in Santa Rosa a hundred years ago, it has been almost impossible to play it with anybody else- what a sound! I know you are in a better place and NOT suffering, and using Segovias dry cleaner, and eating great Spanish food. I was lucky to be in Santiago when you won "the prize!" and Maria Dolores loved you so much. RIP- you deserve to be comfortable, in a higher place, even though I miss you now and always will. Con besos, y abrazos, amor, Barbara

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David Weber
41 months ago

I visited Philip recently and took along a book we both love by Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes. It is an autobiographical novel in which Exley compares his own alcohol-drinched life with Frank Gifford's; both Exley and Gifford graduated from USC at the same time. I truly enjoyed reading part of the book to Phil. I've read the book at least 3 times, well enough apart that I continue to enjoy it.Exley died about 10 years ago, died the hard way of cirrhosis of the liver. I hope Phil wakes up laughing sometime in the future to Exley's words.

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Nicholas Binion
41 months ago

Philip of all people can appreciate the metaphor of the Ultimate Trip, but when some bureaucrat who spoke with him during rehab after his first stroke put him on suicide watch he assured me of his great will to live. He told me last I saw him at BART very near his surgery date that he had been warned there was a possibility that he might not survive. To be in limbo seems like something Phil's spirit of all spirits can manage and I trust that Carla and Michael are informed of EKG's and other pertinent info. Prayers and mantras, and hoping it's not too late and that some among us have been attending to Phil directly, taking hand, talking to him etc. I too wonder where he is. I had hoped Herrick again but I don't know.

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Tim Lawler
41 months ago

Thinking of you, Philip.

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Joaquim Santos Simões
41 months ago

I don't know Philip Rosheger personally but he is a great composer and I enjoy playing his masterpieces.I hope the best for him and his family

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Carlos Fajardo
41 months ago

Is Philip hospitalized in the Bay Area? If so where I would like to visit him.

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Shelly Berkowitz
41 months ago

I was Phillip's student during one of his most creative times. He would tell me that he had dreamed a musical composition in his sleep...last night, the night before, perhaps, and he would play it on the guitar. It emerged full and complete, a trickling, flowing, cascading stream of notes. -Phil Wilson (Shelly Berkowitz's husband)

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David Cronin
42 months ago

I want to donate 100.00, but I do not have a credit card, nor debit card. Would it be possible for me to just send a check to Carla? Love from, Jami Cronin

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$7,570 of $10k goal

Raised by 84 people in 42 months
Created November 10, 2013
$50
Tizzy Kerr
19 months ago
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Thanks to all of you who are working to keep Philip's music and memory alive.

GB
$100
Giovanni Bailo
22 months ago

First of all I ask for your understanding and indulgence for my very bad English. I'm Giovanni from Italy; few years ago I did an arrangement for weissenborn guitar of the wonderful Philip's Serenade. Then I got in touch with him and I sent him my book with this version of the tune, which was praised a lot by Philip, who gave me many encouragements. This year I wrote another version of the tune (with a different tuning) for a new CD. So, when I tried to get in touch again, I discovered the very sad news and then I found this site. So, what else? RIP Philip and keep on playing in heaven.

EK
$100
Elizabeth Kerr
37 months ago

I miss Philip's laugh, how he could pick apart a piece and describe in precise detail how various artists had rendered it. I miss him calling to share his latest compositions. I miss his total recall of everything that ever happened to him and his need to share it. Hell, I even miss Philip's 2 hour rants, frequently delivered in the wee hours. In all of that there was a lot of wisdom.

JD
$50
John Dolan-Heitlinger
37 months ago

Greatest guitar player I've ever known and a gracious guy.

JL
$20
Jacqueline Lessard
38 months ago

Phillip was a classmate of mine in '69. We were never in touch, but I have never forgotten his name, what he looked like or his talent (& his blessing of having studied with Segovia.) I'm sorry that I didn't know him better. My heartfelt sympathies to his family & friends. I just lost my best friend on 1/30th, so I empathize with the feelings. Blessings & Peace~~

JM
$30
Jon(athan) Mills
39 months ago
JL
$50
John Laskey
39 months ago
JD
$50
John Dolan-Heitlinger
40 months ago

A great talent too soon quieted.

JM
$20
John Mahoney
40 months ago (Offline Donation)

Philip played in a small music series I did in a gallery in San Francisco. He will be missed!

CL
$50
Cindy Lemaire
40 months ago

He was a kind man. Philip leaves a space that can't be filled.

Tizzy Kerr
33 months ago

Bits of Philip have surfaced as I've been in process of moving. I have a cassette tape of a concert in IdahoIdaho which a friend is transferring to CD for me. Listening to old phone messages, I found one from Philip in which he told me to listen to his CD carefully, for there were crickets singing in the background. He thought it quite cosmic.

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Barbara Cadranel
39 months ago

I loved you Phillip. Our times in Santiago de Compostela, and then later in New York, and CA etc. Those times, and our chats over the phone the last year were up beat and even funny. Also- you spoiled me- after we played the Bocherinni in Santa Rosa a hundred years ago, it has been almost impossible to play it with anybody else- what a sound! I know you are in a better place and NOT suffering, and using Segovias dry cleaner, and eating great Spanish food. I was lucky to be in Santiago when you won "the prize!" and Maria Dolores loved you so much. RIP- you deserve to be comfortable, in a higher place, even though I miss you now and always will. Con besos, y abrazos, amor, Barbara

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David Weber
41 months ago

I visited Philip recently and took along a book we both love by Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes. It is an autobiographical novel in which Exley compares his own alcohol-drinched life with Frank Gifford's; both Exley and Gifford graduated from USC at the same time. I truly enjoyed reading part of the book to Phil. I've read the book at least 3 times, well enough apart that I continue to enjoy it.Exley died about 10 years ago, died the hard way of cirrhosis of the liver. I hope Phil wakes up laughing sometime in the future to Exley's words.

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Nicholas Binion
41 months ago

Philip of all people can appreciate the metaphor of the Ultimate Trip, but when some bureaucrat who spoke with him during rehab after his first stroke put him on suicide watch he assured me of his great will to live. He told me last I saw him at BART very near his surgery date that he had been warned there was a possibility that he might not survive. To be in limbo seems like something Phil's spirit of all spirits can manage and I trust that Carla and Michael are informed of EKG's and other pertinent info. Prayers and mantras, and hoping it's not too late and that some among us have been attending to Phil directly, taking hand, talking to him etc. I too wonder where he is. I had hoped Herrick again but I don't know.

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Tim Lawler
41 months ago

Thinking of you, Philip.

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Joaquim Santos Simões
41 months ago

I don't know Philip Rosheger personally but he is a great composer and I enjoy playing his masterpieces.I hope the best for him and his family

+ Read More
Carlos Fajardo
41 months ago

Is Philip hospitalized in the Bay Area? If so where I would like to visit him.

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Shelly Berkowitz
41 months ago

I was Phillip's student during one of his most creative times. He would tell me that he had dreamed a musical composition in his sleep...last night, the night before, perhaps, and he would play it on the guitar. It emerged full and complete, a trickling, flowing, cascading stream of notes. -Phil Wilson (Shelly Berkowitz's husband)

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David Cronin
42 months ago

I want to donate 100.00, but I do not have a credit card, nor debit card. Would it be possible for me to just send a check to Carla? Love from, Jami Cronin

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