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Doris McCune

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 7, at Church of the Ascension, 12033 Miller Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070.

Doris M. McCune (Gilchrist) was born in Great Falls, Montana on Dec. 19th, 1925, the eldest of four children. At the early age of four, she began piano lessons, and playing the piano became the essence of her life.

As well as being a piano soloist, Doris especially enjoyed playing music together with other people. She accompanied singers and string players, and also performed chamber music with several different instrumental ensembles.
Her formal music education took place at Northwestern University (bachelor’’s degree), studying piano with Kurt Wanieck. She earned her master’s degree at the Juilliard School of Music, under piano teachers Ernest Hutcheson and and James Friskin.

Doris taught at Stephens, Columbia, Missouri,joined the faculty of the School of Music at Indiana University, where she met and married pianist Patrick Meierotto. After moving to San Jose, CA, in 1952, they performed many duo-piano concerts in the Bay Area. During these years, they had four children, Doreen, Susan, Carol, and Eric. A devoted mother, Doris often played Disney songs, show tunes, and duets with her children (and later, with her grandchildren). She juggled motherhood and career, teaching piano and accompanying faculty and students on recitals at the San Jose State Music Dept.
Joining the San Jose Symphony under George Cleve as the orchestral pianist in 1973, Doris also performed in the orchestra’s chamber music series. In the late 1980’s, she began a 15-year connection with the San Jose Symphonic Choir, as the accompanist under director Leroy Kromm.

After Doris’s marriage to Patrick Meierotto, she was married to Earl McCune for nearly 20 years. She later married Chester Mouton, with whom she traveled extensively until his passing a few years later.

Doris was devoted to several choirs at the Church of the Ascension for 33 years, until the end of 2013, after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She continued to play the piano with family and friends, however, and was considered by many to be a very high-functioning Alzheimer’s patient. Doris was able to play the piano until three weeks before she passed away. In addition to her four children, Doris is survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.

Doris McCune

Dec. 19, 1925 ~ Mar. 26, 2018



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