It All Happens at Sleepy Hollow Resort in South Haven, Michigan

Daniel Golden Remembers His Dad

Daniel Golden submitted the following capsule bio to the University of Chicago press office:

My father had a long career at the University, a graduate of the Hutchins College and the UC Law School. He started his career in Leon Depres' law office practicing labor law. In 1953 he became a labor attorney at Argonne National Laboratory, shortly after he became chief counsel there. I have attached his memoir which we discovered yesterday ("My Life So Far," written in October of 2011), which has exact dates for things, and might be useful. In 1962 he joined the Office of Legal Counsel at the University. He remained there until his retirement in 2003, but continued to work part-time in that office until 2008.

Dad was very much involved in UC contracts with government bodies including the Department of Energy. He was instrumental in drafting the separation agreement between the UC hospitals and the University. He continued to be involved in the relationship between the University and Argonne National Laboratory and later Fermilab.

Outside of his work for the University, Dad was very active on the Board of KAM II Congregation in Hyde Park, serving as Temple President during the time of the merger of its two predecessor synagogues, KAM Temple and Congregation Isaiah Israel.

One of my siblings, Anne Ruth Golden, was severely intellectually handicapped. My parents were heavily involved in her care and in support for the institution where she spent all of her adult life, Mount St. Joseph Home in Lake Zurich, IL. Dad was a founding director of the VOR, an advocacy group for intellectually disabled children and adults in residential care.

An extremely devoted cellist and chamber musician, Dad was active in on-campus music. With the late Zita Cogan of the University of Chicago Music Department, and resort owner Richard Gray, Dad founded Sleepy Hollow Chamber Music, a wonderful outlet for adult musicians to come together in musical fellowship. For 45 years Dad was coordinator and a leading light of what is now known as "Golden Chamber Music".

Remembrances from the Sleepy Hollow and Chamber Music Communities

See the Remembering Sam Golden page to read more.

Typical session

How the program works

Three times a day each weekend, different combinations of musicians assemble as groups in the various newly rebuilt condos at the resort. Armed with their quartets, quintets, trios, whatever, these players make the finest music they can on the spot. Above: violinist Kay DeLuca, cellist Alice Karosas, violist Kristi Hansen, violinist Marcia Cozzi. Dropping in every few sessions will be one of our artists in residence.

Saturday supper

Donating and Dining Together

All potluck supper attendees sign up to make a contribution, and a generous offering of culinary favorites is available to satisfy just about any palate.


2017 Chamber Music Dates

• May 18-21: No artists in residence

• September 14-17: Artists in residence Bruce & Susan Uchimura

Memorial Poster of Sam Golden

The Sam Golden memorial poster

Assembled from numerous images taken by various photographers, this was the poster produced by Tom Morgan and presented to Paula Golden following the memorial service at Sleepy Hollow on May 20, 2016.

Following the service, Sam and Paul's son Daniel sent the following message to Tom and Alison: "Thanks for last weekend’s tribute, we were all moved by what people had to say as well as the opportunity to be there, make music and take in the ambiance. It was consoling for Mom, I was glad she even got in some playing, much to her surprise. We will try to help her find a good spot for the amazing posters [including one prepared by Ginny Burd]."

Tom Morgan and Alison Edwards

The new team: Tom Morgan, Alison Edwards

Having undergone the rigors of a difficult apprenticership, ace assigners Tom and Alison relax after completing another weekend of artful diplomacy in assigning players to compatible groups — hopefully without too many complaints. Players from the upper Midwest (and frequently beyond) keep returning, and new players continue to give it a try. A weekend at Sleepy Hollow promises fulfillment in terms of chamber music participation, socializing with old acquaintances as well as making new contacts, and doing it all in pleasant surroundings on scenic Lake Michigan.

The Saturday Night Potluck Supper

Sylvelin Bouwman, right, directs traffic in the kitchen, with assistants Pat Addis and Joan Blair. It was Sylvelin who originated the concept and who now has assumed responsibility for keeping things organized, a big job once handled by Paula.

Additional photos of our concerts and related weekend activities are posted on the updated Photo Gallery page.