Norma Flender, Musician

    Norma Fast Flender, who lived on the Circle in East Hampton, died at the age of 81 last Thursday.
    Ms. Flender was well known as an accomplished pianist and chamber musician, having performed extensively in New York City and Europe. She was a past chairwoman of Pianofest in the Hamptons and was at one time vice president of the American Composers Orchestra.
    She was born in Uniontown, Pa., to Edwin Fast and the former Olive Scott, and graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in 1953. Upon graduation, Ms. Flender traveled to Paris to study with the famed Nadia Boulanger. She received a French government music scholarship as well as the H.H. Wooley Prize, a grant awarded to musicians of extremely high caliber.
    On June 3, 1960, she married Richard Flender. The couple had two children, Charles Flender and Sylvia Scott Flender, both of whom survive. Mr. Flender died last year. She also leaves a brother, Edwin Fast Jr.
    In the course of a long career, Ms. Flender often performed works by the composer Virgil Thomson, a close friend, with the late John Houseman. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club in Manhattan; the Bohemians, also called the New York Musicians’ Club, and the Musicians Foundation, which provides scholarships to promising young musicians in need. Closer to home, Ms. Flender belonged to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.
    Her daughter said her mother was “truly as lovely as she was gifted. Norma is now with her husband, Dick, and her beloved black Lab, Fiona.”
    A funeral service will be held tomorrow at St. Luke’s at 1 p.m., the Rev. Denis Brunelle presiding. A reception for friends and family will follow.