College community mourns passing of Evelyn Selesky
We are very sad to announce that Evelyn Selesky, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Undergraduate Music Therapy passed away on Sunday, August 17. Evelyn was a colleague and friend to many in the Molloy community. She joined the full-time faculty in the Music Department in 1988 and served as Chairperson of the Department since 2006. Evelyn's quiet demeanor and leadership style belied the difficulties of chairing the Music Department, which involved scheduling hundreds of lessons, music juries and auditions for incoming students as well as the usual Chairperson responsibilities, and activities related to the Rebecca Center. All the while, she provided leadership for the approval process, accreditation and launch of the Music Therapy Master's program. Most recently, she worked with a small group at the College to prepare the curriculum and hire the first Chairperson of our BFA Program with a focus on musical theatre in collaboration with CAP21.
Evelyn made sure that music was part of our Commencement Week ceremonies as well as other celebrations throughout the academic year. She was always looking ahead and planning the very best experiences for our students while providing outstanding support for the Music Department faculty and staff. She will be missed by all who knew her in the Molloy community.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a scholarship fund be started in Evelyn's name for the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy. Additional information on the scholarship will be available soon. The Department is planning, as they know Evelyn would have appreciated, to have music as part of the wake and funeral mass as follows:
Towers Funeral Home
2681 Long Beach Road
Oceanside, NY 11572
- Wednesday, August 20 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Thursday, August 21 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, August 22 at 10:45 a.m.
St. Christopher's Church 11 Gale Avenue (entrance on Merrick Road) Baldwin, NY 11510