Lynda L. Ciolek

1952 – 2020

Da Capo treasures the memory of Lynda Ciolek—our wonderful publicist for the past 30 years.  Imaginative, resourceful, careful and caring, Lynda was a collaborator to dream of. Her publicity work alone was more than excellent. I never heard her complain when the NY Times cut back on the number of reviews they printed for new music groups—she simply found new contacts for online postings, and our coverage continued. Beyond the publicity work she understood and shared the goals of the group, always giving us solid professional advice on marketing pieces and other issues. She attended every concert (even during recent years, when she has been ill). The success of the Da Capo Chamber Players (now entering our 50th anniversary year!) is certainly due in part to her superb professional and loving work for us.   


Here is a copy of an obituary printed on the Facebook site of the Manhattan School Alumni Association on June 5, 2020:

We are saddened to learn from alumnus Michael Philip Davis of the passing of fellow alumna Lynda Ciolek (MM ’76, voice).


Michael writes:


"Lynda L. Ciolek died of natural causes in her New York home on May 30, 2020, three weeks shy of her 68th birthday. She had been in declining health.


An only child, she was born and raised in Chicago. Lynda brought her ample mezzo-soprano to MSM in 1974 after getting her undergraduate degree at Indiana University. At MSM she studied voice with Ellen Faull and coached opera with then-MSM President George Schick. In 1976 she was memorable as the gossipy Mrs. Jones in the historic MSM production of Street Scene, conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola (MSM '63), who died in March.


Because of health considerations, Lynda curtailed her singing career in the 1970s and founded STEORRA Enterprises, the Public Relations/Advertising Consulting firm that she led for more than 40 years until her death. Her clients included the Cassatt Quartet and the late Jean Redpath.

Lynda was the most devoted and incisive friend, blessed with integrity and moral rectitude in her personal and professional life. She brought radiant light into the world."