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Margaretta Redwine

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.

Margaretta Redwine, a flutist with the Santa Rosa Symphony for 44 years, inspired hundreds of Sonoma County students in their musical pursuits.


Margaretta Redwine.

Redwine, who was battling health issues, died April 17 at a hospital several days after a fall. She was 84.

She was born Nov. 7, 1928 to Dwight and Retta Baker in Berkeley. After her father finished a doctorate program at UC Berkeley, the family moved to Modesto where he became the president of Modesto Junior College.

Redwine picked up the flute as a 10-year-old, the beginning of what would become her life’s passion. “She was so dedicated to music and it really became the focus over the scope of her life,” said her daughter, Lianne Rogers.

Redwine attended Modesto High School and Modesto Junior College, before going on to her father’s alma mater. At Berkeley, she pursued a degree in music, graduating in 1949.

While in school, her family moved to Sacramento where her father had taken a job as a history professor at Sacramento State University. After her graduation, Redwine joined them and entered a master of arts program at Sacramento State University.

Redwine met her husband, Gerald Redwine, during a class at the university. They were married in the summer of 1950.

In 1955, the couple moved to Santa Rosa and Redwine joined the Santa Rosa Symphony. They had two daughters, Lianne and Janine, before divorcing.

Throughout, music was at the core of her life. “She’d have people over all the time and they would make music in our living room,” said Rogers. “It was an astounding way to grow up, and we were privileged in that regard.”

Rogers remembers her mother enjoying an active career as a flute teacher with four afternoons a week booked up with students running in and out of the house.

“She really recognized the abilities of the people around her,” said Mark Wardlaw, a fellow symphony member with Redwine and the band teacher at Santa Rosa High.

She recalls Redwine leading demonstrations for children with a woodwind quartet in Sonoma County schools. “It was something she loved,” Rogers said.

In the summers, Redwine often performed with a woodwind quintet in local parks and Rogers played with the group when she took up flute herself.

Redwine helped coach the symphony’s youth orchestra and was always appreciative of her fellow symphony members, Wardlaw said. She also held brief stints as an adjunct music professor at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Redwine retired in 1999 having played under three of the symphony’s four conductors. Students continued to see Redwine up until around 2008, Rogers said.

“Her influence in the music community here was bigger than I even realized,” said Rogers.

Redwine is survived by her daughters, Lianne Rogers of Santa Rosa and Janine Redwine of Eureka, brother Dwight Baker of Seattle, three grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews.

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