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Barbara Maier Gustern biography: 13 things about New York City voice coach


Barbara Maier Gustern was a voice coach in New York, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:


  1. She was originally from Boonville, Indiana, USA.
  2. She was a singing coach to Broadway and the downtown cabaret scene in New York City, New York. Among her students were playwright and actor Taylor Mac, performer Justin Vivian Bond and actress, singer and songwriter Debbie Harry.
  3. In 1952, she graduated from Boonville High School in Boonville.
  4. In 1956, she graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She also studied psychology at Columbia University in New York City.
  5. On March 7, 2018, she wrote on Facebook in part, “When I was a young singer in New York, Patricia Neway, a trail blazer in opera and musical theater (Original Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music) took me under her wing. She encouraged me and fostered my interest in good acting in opera and music theater.”
  6. She coached the cast of the Daniel Fish’s 2019 Broadway revival of “Oklahoma!”
  7. Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which started in 2020, she lived in an apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City.
  8. In time for the International Women’s Day, she wrote on Facebook on March 9, 2022 in part, “My mother and both my grandmother’s were women to be reckoned with. My paternal grandmother who died in 1955 had a college education. My maternal counterpart barely finished one year of grade school. As different as they were, they had one thing in common – strength. And I inherited this and and tried to pass it on to my daughter.”
  9. On March 10, 2022, she rehearsed an upcoming cabaret show at her apartment in Chelsea with her collaborators Austin Pendleton, Barbara Bleier and Paul Greenwood. Later that day, she left her apartment to watch the performance of a student at Joe’s Pub in New York City. At 8:30 p.m., while crossing West 28th Street and Eighth Avenue in New York City on her way to Joe’s Pub, Lauren Pazienza, then 26, allegedly called her a “bitch” before pushing her to the pavement without provocation. They were strangers. After hitting the cement, she was left bleeding profusely from the head.
  10. “She has suffered traumatic damage to the left side of her brain, and has been unconscious the entire time. She is intubated and we are unclear how much she is able to breathe on her own,” her grandson AJ Gustern wrote on her Facebook account on March 12, 2022.
  11. At 11:15 a.m. on March 14, 2022, she died at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
  12. She died at the age of 87.
  13. On March 26, 2022, services will be held for her at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea.

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