On May 17, 2005, Cellist ELSA HILGER EZERMAN, born in Trautenau, Austria on April 13, 1904, died peacefully at Wake Robin Retirement Community. In 1935, Elsa became the first woman other than harpists to be admitted to a major orchestra anywhere in the world. She retired in 1969 (union rules) with many honors including ten solo performances with this orchestra. Elsa moved to Vermont in 1977 and joined pianist Catherine Baird to play for delighted audiences in the Northeast until Catherine's untimely death in 1999. Elsa gave her last recital at age 95. This is not a misprint. Elsa was predeceased by her husband Willem in 1990. She is survived by her grandson, cellist Alexander Ezerman of Lubbock, Texas and his wife, violinist Stephanie Bland Ezerman, by various other family members, and by many cello students who populate orchestras across the country and who came to know well Elsa's good natured but relentless discipline and drive for perfection. Donations in Elsa's memory would be welcomed by the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association at 223 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester, VT 05446. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, VT 05401.