Dear Phoenix Symphony Family –
We are saddened to share with you that David Dodge, a longtime Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors member, Taliesin Architect and music composer, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2021 at the age of 91.
David Elgin Dodge was born in London, England and was the grandson of Horace Elgin Dodge, the co-founder of Dodge vehicles. He attended Oberlin College, majoring in music in addition to studying the pipe organ at Hotchkiss School. David was accepted into the renowned Taliesin Fellowship by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1950’s and lived at both iconic Taliesin locations (Wisconsin and Phoenix) designing houses and buildings throughout the world, including Gammage Auditorium in Tempe. David was also an instructor of Architectural Concepts at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and was recently awarded the Taliesin Fellows Lifetime Achievement Award that will be presented to the Dodge family in November, 2022 at Taliesin West where he has resided for many decades.
David’s talent and passion for music was profound. He joined our Board of Directors in 2013 and composed more than ten symphonies, in addition to a number of shorter works, performed each spring by The Phoenix Symphony at his beautiful home in Taliesin West. He was the inspiration for The Phoenix Symphony’s highly popular and long running Parties of Note, private music performances and dinners held in unique and beautiful homes throughout the Valley.
David met his wife, Anneliese, in Switzerland where they lived for many years and where their son Alexander was born. David is survived by his sister Diana Dodge, his son Alexander, son-in-law Charlie and grandchildren Nicholas and George.
David will be greatly missed by all of us at The Phoenix Symphony. We will always remember his incredible energy, joy of life and love of music, happily sharing details about his latest symphony creation and beaming with pride as our musicians performed his masterpiece in his home.