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Pauline Law (Contralto)

Born: August 3, 1935 - Mapleton, Utah, USA
Died: May 28, 2006 - St. George, Utah, USA

The American contralto, Pauline Law, was in Mapleton, Utah to Elsa Pauline Reichert Law and Ray Elroy Law. At the age of three her family moved to Ogden, Utah and then on to Oakland, California, where she graduated from Oakland High School. She attended Los Angeles City College, UCLA, San Francisco State College, and was a member of the Mu-Phi-Epsilon Sorority at the University Of Utah and was consistently on the Dean's Honor Roll at each University she attended. Pauline comes from a background of rich musical heritage. She started singing at a very early age. She pursued a music career studying at the San Francisco Conservatory, and concluded with the renowned Maestro Clausento Hugo Strelitzer of Los Angeles. She was the proud possessor of a long list of awards among them the first place winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters, the National Federation of Music clubs, the Victor Fuchs memorial award winner and many others.

Pauline Law was a soloist with the Hollywood Symphony. She had a beautiful mezzo-contralto voice and performed in many operas throughout Southern and Northern California. She was an internationally known concert and TV - radio performer, who was one of the soloists chosen to dedicate the Los Angeles Music Center with Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria and George Frideric Handel's Messiah. She also sang many times at the Carmel Bach Festival (1962-1970) under Sandor Salgo. Pauline was a member of the LDS church and had a strong testimony of the gospel, and love for the Savior. Along with numerous other callings, she served as a Stake missionary and an ordinance worker in the Los Angeles temple. She was a long time member of the Wilshire Ward in Los Angeles, California, moving to St. George, Utah in 2003. She was a gracious lady, a good hostess, hard working and kind to all. She was always cheerful and friendly with a special love for animals. She had a soft heart and would have rescued every homeless animal if she could have.

Pauline Law was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Reichert Law, Ray Reichert Law, and Fred Reichert Law; and by her sister, Erma R. Waterman. Pauline Law Pauline Law passed away quietly in 2006 in St. George, Utah. Her surviving siblings are Rose Law Silvers of Los Angeles, California, Lucile Elizabeth Smith of St. George, Utah, and Karol Reichert Law, of Apache Junction, Arizona.

Source: Obituary in Salt Lake Tribune (May 30, 2006)
Contributed by Aryeh Oron (December 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Sandor Salgo


BWV 8, BWV 53, BWV 71 [2nd]
BWV 232 [1st], BWV 232 [2nd], BWV 232 [3rd], BWV 243 [1st], BWV 243 [3rd], BWV 243 [4th], BWV 244 [4th], BWV 247

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