In Memorial

William Schoen

Date of Death: July 21st, 2014
23 Tammuz 5774


William Schoen, 94, retired assistant principal violist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, died peacefully July 21 in his Chicago home following a stroke. He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Mona nee Reisman, retired violinist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Mr. Schoen joined the Chicago Symphony in 1965 and was a viola soloist with CSO under Antonio Janigro and James Levine. Born in Czechoslovakia and raised in Cleveland, Mr. Schoen is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic under Jose Iturbi. He toured with Stokowski's All-American Youth Orchestra. During the war he was a member of the U.S. Marine Band for four years as a violist, and performed at the White House. Following military service, Mr. Schoen was a solo violist for eight years with the CBS Concert Orchestra in New York. In 1963-64, he was principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he played as a soloist under Eugene Ormandy. His distinguished chamber music career included membership in the Guilet Quartet. He was an original member of the Claremont String Quartet which toured all over the world. He appeared on the Chicago Symphony Chamber Music Series and has taught violin, viola, and chamber music for many years. Besides his wife, Mona, Mr. Schoen leaves behind a sister, Sally Bergman, of Cleveland, OH, a niece, Lisa Davidoff, of New York City, and a cousin, Art Reisman, Lake in the Hills, IL. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM, Thursday, July 24 at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago. Interment immediately following at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 Gross Point Road, Skokie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Anshe Emet Synagogue. For service and condolence information: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home (847) 255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Thursday, July 24th at 12:00 pm
Service Location: -Anshe Emet Synagogue

Memorial Park
Skokie, Illininois

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Yahrzeit Dates For William Schoen

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

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