We are sorry to report the sad news that harpist Cameron Huster Beck died February 2 following a struggle with Leukemia; she was 28. Cameron was pursuing a graduate degree at Peabody, where she studied with Ruth Inglefield. Cameron was from DeLand, Fla., and served as President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society; she was also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Stetson University.
Members of the Peabody harp department wrote the following tribute to Cameron:
“As a performer Cameron had a particular interest in the works of Benjamin Britten, and had done considerable research into his compositions involving harp before coming to Baltimore. By the time she left, Britten’s contributions to our repertoire were really well known to all her colleagues in the department—thanks, Cameron! Cameron was also an especially active participant in the Harp Pedagogy program and was very excited to be one of the founding members of its noted HarpAdventures outreach venture, as well as a founding member of the Mentoring Young Musicians program at Baltimore’s Mother Seton Academy. Her students in both programs were very important to her, and after her residency at Peabody she was honored to receive an appointment to continue teaching harp at Stetson University in her hometown of DeLand, Florida. But beyond her talent and her passion for teaching, we remember Cameron’s huge smile, and her determination and grace. We remember how she loved pink! We remember an especially caring and nurturing person, and how easily she touched an unusual number of lives. Our thoughts are with her husband Ben, her parents and siblings.”
“Cameron will be honored at Peabody’s commencement ceremony in May, and her degree will be awarded posthumously,” said Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein in a post on the school’s website.