Origin of the RYM Concert

The inception of the Annual Roslyn Young Memorial Concert series took place in June, 2004, at the Connecticut Early Music Festival in New London, where Roslyn had performed for many years. Judson Griffin, Music Director of the Festival and long-time colleague of Roslyn, designated the closing Sunday afternoon concert as a memorial to Roslyn. Originally conceived as a one-time event, it occurred to her family at the time that sponsoring a memorial concert at the Festival each year would be a wonderful way to honor her memory. Thus, the annual memorial concerts were established, and continued at the Festival through 2007, during the tenure of Judson Griffin.

In 2008, the family decided to create an independent entity and established the Roslyn Young Memorial as a 501©(3). Each concert includes a pre-concert lecture, in keeping with its non-profit status.

The first concert independent of the Festival was held at the First Congregational Church in Guilford, Connecticut, Roslyn’s home town. The following year, in 2009, it was held at the North Guilford Connecticut Congregational Church. The memorial concert finally found its permanent home in 2010 at the Madison Connecticut First Congregational Church as part of the church’s Music at the Meetinghouse series. The Roslyn Young Memorial Concert has become an annual event presented in the fall, just as the leaves are starting to turn, in this lovely area of New England where Roslyn grew up.