Roslyn Young (1957–2004) grew up in Guilford, and began violin lessons at the age of nine with Julius Scheir at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. After attending Brown University, she studied and performed in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, from 1979–1986. She earned a diploma in violin and viola from the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, studying under Juergen Geise. As principal violist, she played with the Rome Opera Orchestra, Palermo Opera Orchestra and the Quattro Stagioni Chamber Orchestra of Italy.
Upon returning to the United States, Roslyn settled in New York with her husband Glenn Alpert, a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus. She performed on viola and baroque viola with many ensembles and orchestras in the New York area, throughout the United States and in Europe. These included the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, American Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal and Virtuosi strings. Summer festivals included Glimmerglass Opera, Monadnock Music Festival, the Windham Chamber Music Festival and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. Roslyn continued studying under Burton Kaplan and Midhat Serbagi.