Philanthropist, World Traveler, Musician, and Resident Enjoys Engaging Others’ Musical Interests at The Hearth

July 21, 2022

Bea Rossman is a highly cultivated, musically talented, seasoned world traveler and philanthropist who lives in a suite at The Hearth at Drexel in Bala Cynwyd, overlooking the woods. There, it feels as if she is living in a tree house, surrounded by original paintings and her electronic piano keyboard.  She loves to share her passion for music and stories of her travels with residents of The Hearth. She chuckles when she discusses the last time she visited Italy and hiked the Cinque Terre with her son. 

“My son was concerned that the terrain was a bit challenging, with all of those winding paths running between the five villages, along the Ligurian Sea to one side, and the steep, jagged cliffs on the other side,” says Bea, smiling, with a twinkle in her eye. 

After living for many years on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA, Bea moved to The Hearth last year. As an avid pianist, a former music educator in the Philadelphia Public Schools for 23 years, and a volunteer guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she is also well known in philanthropic circles for having been the former Chairman of the Board for the Friends of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

I like engaging other residents’ musical interests. They have such an active music therapy program here that many residents enjoy and appreciate. Music can most certainly uplift, inspire and heal.

Bea, The Hearth at Drexel resident

She is far too humble to reveal her many contributions to the cultural life of Philadelphia, but several in particular are part of the public record. In 2002, she endowed the Dr. Samuel R. and Beatrice S. Rossman Fellowship and sponsored many students at Curtis Institute of Music, including the pianist Lang Lang. 

In 2003, Bea was the distinguished Honoree at the National Philanthropy Day Awards, and in 2004, Curtis presented their Annual Fund Award to her at the Stowkoski Society Dinner.

She casually mentions, Living in town, I especially enjoyed attending the marvelous concerts at The Church of the Holy Trinity, right off the Square, and wish I could share those concert experiences with residents here.”  

Bea actively pursues her musical interests at The Hearth, where she enjoys playing the piano in her suite. I like engaging other residents’ musical interests,” she explains, adding, They have such an active music therapy program here that many residents enjoy and appreciate. Music can most certainly uplift, inspire and heal.”

Bea’s family members- sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren are professionals who have happily accompanied her during her laps around the world, since she lost her beloved husband, Sam, as her traveling companion. “I am delighted by my children and grandchildren’s curiosity and accomplishments” she modestly admits. 

With her musical passions, world-traveling expertise, and never-ending joie de vie, Bea is truly an inspiration to everyone who meets her.