November 15, 2016
International artist Elender Wall died in Berlin, Germany, on November 15th due to complications from thyroid cancer.
Ms. Wall graduated from City College of San Francisco before obtaining two bachelor’s degrees, one in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and another in physics from San Francisco State University. During her time at the Conservatory, Ms. Wall studied Baroque and Renaissance music. Among her many performances was a lead role in the City College production of “Plump Jack” by Gordon Getty.
Ms. Wall’s musical talent took her around the world, most recently to Germany where she lived and performed as part of the opera community. She also traveled the United States extensively with touring companies including the Sonos Handbell Ensemble.
She released an album titled “The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld” with fellow San Franciscan, composer Bryant Kong, in 2013 featuring the words of Donald Rumsfeld set to music.
In addition to her musical talents, Wall also edited and co-authored an introductory-level physics textbook with her father, a physics instructor at City College for 32 years.
Ms. Wall is survived by her parents, Ellen Hegman Wall and Jesse David Wall; her fiance, Chris Hardaker; and her aunt, uncle and cousin, Jim, Joyce and Carey Cauthen. A memorial commemorating the life of Elender Wall was held in Berlin on November 19th.
A memorial and public performance was held in San Francisco January 28th, 1:00 pm, at the Diego Rivera Theatre, City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus (Phelan Avenue at Judson Street). The program will feature arias performed by visiting artists and colleagues of Elender from Germany. A reception will follow. All are invited.
Donations in Elender’s memory may be made to the Performing Arts Education Center Fund, City College of San Francisco Bursar’s Office, 50 Phelan Ave – Conlan Hall Rm. 103, San Francisco CA 94112.
Among the contributors to this article is Shannon Cole, for The Guardsman.