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Samuel Houston Mayes
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Birth: Aug. 11, 1917
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1990
Mesa
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Samuel H. Mayes , 73 Was Principal Cellist
New York Times, The (NY) - Saturday, September 1, 1990
Samuel Houston Mayes , the principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra for many years, died on Aug. 24 at his home in Mesa, Ariz. He was 73 years old.

His wife, Winifred, said he had died of heart failure and had recently had open-heart surgery and surgery for colon cancer.

Mr. Mayes was born on Aug. 11, 1917, in St. Louis. He began playing the cello when he was 4 years old and entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia when he was 12. He joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1936 and became the orchestra's principal cellist three years later. In 1948, he became the principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, remaining there until he returned to his former post in Philadelphia in 1964.

Mr. Mayes left the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973. He was the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a season before he retired from orchestral performance and joined the music faculty of the University of Michigan. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, William Rogers Mayes of Fairfield, Conn., and Joseph Francis Mayes of Pittman, N.J.; a stepson, Nicholas Winograd of State College, Pa., and a sister, Esmeralda Treen of Milwaukee.


S. MAYES , 73, FORMER CELLIST WITH THE PHILA. ORCHESTRA
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - Sunday, August 26, 1990
Author: L. Stuart Ditzen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Samuel Mayes , 73, a former first cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and one of the premier cellists in the United States, died Friday at his home in Mesa, Ariz.

Mr. Mayes , whose father was a St. Louis surgeon and whose mother was a musician, began playing the cello at age 4 and demonstrated extraordinary talent. At age 8, he performed as a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony. His first teacher was Bruno Steindel, the principal cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Mayes entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 12. In 1936, at age 18, he was named by Leopold Stokowski, the famed conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as alternate solo cellist for the orchestra.

Three years later, he was appointed principal cellist of the orchestra. He remained in that seat until 1948, when he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist.

Mr. Mayes remained in Boston for 16 years. In 1964, he returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he resumed his former seat as first cellist under Stokowski's successor, Eugene Ormandy.

In 1973, Mr. Mayes retired to teach and give concerts on his own. But it was not really a retirement. A year after leaving the Philadelphia Orchestra, he became the principal cellist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1975, he was named professor of cello at the University of Michigan.

While he played in Los Angeles and taught in Ann Arbor, his home remained in Bala Cynwyd. His wife, the former Winifred Schaefer, continued her career here - as assistant principal cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra - while Mr. Mayes commuted to musical engagements far and wide.

The couple moved to Ann Arbor in 1977 after Mrs. Mayes resigned from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Mayes taught at the university there until 1984, when he retired as professor emeritus and moved to Mesa.

Through his career, Mr. Mayes was guest soloist with orchestras around the country, including Minneapolis; St. Louis; Charlotte, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Portland, Maine, and Savannah, Ga.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Mayes is survived by sons William and Joseph; a stepson, Nicholas Winograd; a sister, and a granddaughter.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Frank Mayes (1877 - 1940)
  Esmeralda B. Berry Mayes (1887 - 1937)
 
 Sibling:
  Esmeralda Mayes Treen (1913 - 2009)*
  Samuel Houston Mayes (1917 - 1990)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fairview Cemetery
Pryor
Mayes County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Maintained by: Kingfisher
Originally Created by: Norton
Record added: Dec 17, 2006
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Samuel Houston Mayes
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