chapter  3
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The European Period, 1925–1933

Back from Europe, Sessions lived during the 1924-1925 school year at 1464 Lee Road. During this year Bloch and the Cleveland Institute would sever their connection. The CIM had begun a string orchestra conducted by Bloch. Barbara Sessions played violin in this orchestra of about 40 students and faculty. Violinist Albert Spalding, visiting a rehearsal in November, complimented them: “Never have I seen such beautiful bowing by so large a body of strings.”1 A second visitor later that month would also prove important in Sessions’s future: Cesar Saerchinger, a friend of Bloch’s, was a guest lecturer.