A Turtle’s Tribute:
Worley, Stephen A. — Age 76 of Atlanta, died unexpectedly May 1, 2008, at his home in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Steve was a graduate of Druid Hills High School in Atlanta and was a serious student of the piano from an early age. He studied with several noted piano teachers in Atlanta before winning the prestigious Marvin McDonald Atlanta Music Club scholarship award and played solo with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra.
With his scholarship he attended the Mannes Conservatory of Music in NYC and studied with the noted American pianist Frank Sheridan. Also while in NY, he sang in the Riverside Church choir and became a protege of the renowned organist Virgil Fox who was organist at the Riverside Church.
After graduating from Mannes, Steve became the concert accompanist for the well-known Atlanta soprano Beverly Wolff and they toured with Columbia Artists Management. He also accompanied the Met star Blanche Thebom on her concert tours. After leaving NY, Steve moved to Dallas, Texas for several years.
While in Dallas, he sang with the Turtle Creek Chorale for several seasons. Steve returned to Atlanta in 2004 and settled in Alpharetta. Not only was Steve a very accomplished musician, he was noted for his sense of humor and his ability to recount amusing stories and anecdotes about many well-known musical personalities he knew in New York and on his concert tours.
He has no family survivors, but he will be much missed by his many friends in Atlanta and Dallas. There will be a graveside service at College Mound Cemetery in Terrell, Tx. on Saturday June 14, 2008, 10:00 AM. Published in Dallas Morning News on June 11, 2008