Rural isolation of murdered orchestra player

Rural isolation of murdered orchestra player


norman lebrecht

August 22, 2014

The tragic death of Mary Whitaker, a popular violinist in upstate New York orchestras, remains at this moment unsolved. Mary, 61, was found dead in her isolated summer residence in Chautaqua County, killed by a single shotgun wound.

No motive has been discovered. Her closest neighbours, quarter of a mile away either side, were Amish families. The music world mourns a precious soul.

mary whitaker



  • Jeffrey Levenson says:

    Not a robbery as originally reported?

  • Jane A. says:

    Yes, a robbery attempt. Two men have been arrested – one in his 30s, and the other 43. Both from PA.