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Gloria G Ackerman

June 7, 1931 — December 28, 2019

Gloria G. Ackerman, 88, Dec. 28, 2019, Cincinnati. Beloved daughter of the late Nellie Grace (nee Wilde) & Frank Spencer Ackerman, dear sister of the late John Francis "Jack" Ackerman, loving aunt of Janice Callow & Carolyn DaFoe, both of London, Ontario. Also survived by great nieces, a great-nephew & gr. gr. nieces & nephews. Gloria, a native of Windsor, Ontario & a graduate of Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, came to Cincinnati in 1952 to attend a 5 week summer session at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, fell in love with the city & CCM & stayed. To supplement her income as a student at CCM, she began giving private piano lessons. Sensing that her students needed motivation & an annual goal, she founded the Cincinnati World Piano Competition in 1956 & served as its CEO until retirement in 2012. The Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Inc., which dissolved in 2017, was America's oldest annual piano competition for both artists & young artists, offering Lincoln Center & Carnegie Hall performance awards & providing outreach & educational programs for minorities & the economically disadvantaged. The WPC became a major source for the musical education & advancement of young piano talents worldwide. By serving this function it made Cincinnati an international headquarters for musical excellence & pianistic artistry. The first appearance of the WPC at Lincoln Center occurred in 1974 when Artur Rubinstein presented a master class in Alice Tully Hall. The WPC was featured at Lincoln Center 26 times. A media milestone highlighted the 2003 competition with CNN's international broadcast to 64 million viewers, with 4 million more through Time Warner Cable & National Public Radio, as well as features on The Today Show & ABC Evening News. In 2009 the media contacts brought the WPC to 47 countries. Throughout its 60 years, musicianship, discipline & multi-cultural sensitivity remained the keys to the WPC's program & its success. There will be a visitation Thurs., Jan. 2, 2020, 12 noon until time of service at 1 PM at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati. Interment will be made at a later date in Rodney, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UC College Conservatory of Music or Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music or Christ Church Cathedral
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