Biography of Rosalind M. Luke Crosby:
Rosalind M. Luke Crosby was a composer, arranger, pianist, organist, violinist, conductor and the happily married wife of Ross Crosby. She was mother of five children, grandmother to 21 grandchildren, two step grandchildren, great grandmother to 5 great grandchildren, and 2 step great grandchildren.
Born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, Rosalind started piano lessons at the age of five. It soon became apparent that her skills at the piano included being blessed with the gift of improvisation. In addition to her piano lessons, she also studied violin and organ. In junior high she added singing to her musical education, and by high school she was playing the violin in the orchestra, singing in the Acapella choir and singing many solos in various musical programs.
After graduating high school, Rosalind went on to major in Music Theory and Composition at Brigham Young University. While there, she continued studying piano, organ, playing in the Symphony and singing in the BYU Acapella choir. Later, after marrying Ross E. Crosby, they moved to Sacramento, where she continued private composition studies under the tutelage of Professor Ben Glovinsky, at California State University, Sacramento and later under composer, David A. Zabriskie from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rosalind directed many choral and orchestral groups and written compositions, arrangements and orchestrations. In 1996, she directed the "Messiah" with soloists, 100 voice choir and orchestra. Her musical, "Pathway of Liberty" with 21 songs and the script and lyrics by Joanne Nightengale, was performed three times. One of her compositions for three-part women’s chorus, "This Place Is Nauvoo", took 1st place in her church national contest. One of her compositions, “Charity Never Faileth” was performed with a chorus of 200 women and orchestra in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. That performance was the first General Relief Society conference broadcasted worldwide by satellite. Rosalind published three collections of her music.
One of her many compositions is her Oratorio, "Celebrating Women Of The Old Testament" with lyrics by Mildred Hunt. It was performed in Sacramento, Richmond, Virginia, and at the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints'' Visitor's Center by the Washington D.C. Temple.
In addition to her musical abilities, Rosalind’s other interests were painting, sculpting, golfing, playing tennis and doing genealogy.
Rosalind passed away in 2009 because of luekemia. She left a long legacy of creativity, love, hard work, and spirituality. She will be sorely missed.
Mildred Tobler Hunt Bio:
Mildred Hunt of Sacramento, California was a favorite librettest for Rosalind M. Luke Crosby's composition, an oratorio, "Celebrating Women Of The Old testament". In addition to this composition, they collaborated on the song "This Place Is Nauvoo" that won 1st place in a church wide choral composition and a Christmas song, "The Star". Also, Mildred''s poems have been published in the Ensign magazine. She also has a collection of "Book of Mormon And Other Poems". Mildred was married to Austin G. Hunt, former Stake President and Patriarch of the Sacramento East Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. They are the parents of ten children, thirty-four grandchildren, and twenty-five great grandchildren.