In Memoriam: Suzanne de Clercq, Past President of the Naples Music Club

Suzanne de Clercq, Past-President of the Naples Music Club (1994-1997), passed on April 12th, 2018. She was born in Westminster, MD, to parents Alfred and Ethel De Long. She graduated from Wheaton College with majors in music and French. Suzanne had a dynamic musical career as a vocalist and floutist. She declined an offer from the Paris Opera after they heard her sing at the Orford music festival in Canada. She toured Europe with The Tudor Singers and won first place in the Bach Music Festival in Strasbourg in 1979. She spent many years as the president of The Naples Music Club and had a long career teaching voice, flute and piano.

She is survived by her son Trevor de Clercq and daughter-in-law Sarah Carolan of Murfreesboro, TN, and Oliver de Clercq of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,  and her grandchildren Hazel, Eliza, and Ethan.

She is preceded in death by her brother Owen De Long.

Celebration of Suzanne’s life will be held  with immediate family. Memorial donations in memory of Suzanne may be made to The Naples Music Club Scholarship program, either by mail  Naples Music Club, PO Box 112383, Naples, Fl. 34108 or on line at www.musicfoundationnaples.org .

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