Obit: Stephen Panchaud

Obit: Stephen Panchaud

May 19th, 2013 in Obituaries
Location: Hamilton county

Stephen Panchaud, 48, of Chattanooga, departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at his residence in Netanya, Israel.He was buried in Kinneret Cemetary on the shores of the Sea of Galilee along with some of the most famous poets, musicians, and pioneers of the land.Stephen was born in Surrey, England and was preceded in death by his father, Michael Panchaud; and his mother, Susan Higgison.He is survived by his wife, Erika Panchaud and their daughters, Sophie and Tessa of Netanya, Israel.Stephen studied violin performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and then won a Royal Society of Arts Scholarship to continue his studies at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria. It was in Austria that he began to develop a love for languages learning Russian and German. After finishing his studies, he returned to London and played as a freelance musician in many of the London orchestras and chamber groups. In 1989, he took a position as a translator with a humanitarian aid organization based in Hull, England which brought in aid to the Former Soviet Union, primarily focusing in the Chernobyl region. This organization also organized transit for Jewish people to return to the Land of Israel. Stephen worked for five years with this organization.After meeting his future wife on a trip to the U.S., Stephen moved and married to the Chattanooga area. He began playing with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra in 1995 eventually holding the position of Assistant Concertmaster until May of 2012. He taught hundreds of talented, young musicians in the Chattanooga area over the seventeen that he lived here. He was also the director of the McCallie School orchestra for nine years. Other schools that he was associated with were Baylor School, Girls Preparatory School, Covenant College and Lee University.Upon learning of his illness, Stephen decided to take his family to the land that he loved. He and his family immigrated to Israel and he became a proud citizen of Israel just six weeks before he died. After many years of sojourning, Stephen was finally home.