Tributes, remembrances, and sincere and grateful celebrations of the life, career, and music of Edward Goldstein (Prep Certificate ’70; BMED ’76; MM ’78, Tuba) began hitting social media after 68-year-old tubist and educator passed away January 6, 2023. Goldstein’s career as a performer and educator spanned more than 50 years, and generations of peers, former students, and fans paid theirs respects to the founding member and director of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and 2022 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, recalling his musicianship, sense of humor, and humanity.
Violist Robin Fay Massie (GPD ’06, Viola) recalled Goldstein inviting her to be part of the ensemble performing for the Baltimore and Washington, DC, stops of Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life tour in 2016. And generations of musicians and music fans in Baltimore thanked him for the wide variety of music he performed and championed: singing in his temple choir; playing with brass bands, Dixieland bands, the Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus’ annual visits; organizing the annual Tuba Christmas performance at the Inner Harbor; and so much more.
Obituaries in Baltimore Jewish Times and The Baltimore Sun provide more details to Goldstein’s celebrated 50-plus-year career in music and education.