Drucilla Engel began studying piano at the age of 2 with her mother, Iris Daniel Engel, who was a graduate of Stetson University in the music program in 1936. She began teaching piano and music theory at the age of 10 under her mother's supervision at The Engel School of Music. She made her first appearance, at the age of 11, performing with The Florida Symphony Orchestra after winning a concerto competition playing the Beethoven concerto No.1. She spent her senior year of high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts and earning her Bachelors of Music in piano performance at The Carolina School of the Arts. She received the honor of studying with Vladimir Ashkenazy in conjunction with the London Symphony Orchestra at Stetson when she was 19. She earned her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at The University of South Carolina. In 1983, she took over the Engel School of Music and continued to run and teach at the school from 1983-1999. Since 2001, she has been a Professor of Piano at Valencia State College. She has also maintained a private teaching studio since 1999. She has been a member of the Central Florida Music Teachers Association (CFMTA) and held various positions on the board including: President, Treasurer, and most recently Member-At-Large. She has been a board member of The Steinway Society of Central Florida since its beginning 10 years ago.
A memorial service will be held at a later in the Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Chapel to be determined. She is survived by her loving daughter, Lauren E. Hennig (Eric Olschafskie) of Orlando, FL.; son, Scott C. Hennig of Orlando, FL & many loving relatives.
Arrangements entrusted to CAREY HAND COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 2811 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806 407-898-2561 www.careyhandcolonialfh.com
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