OBITUARY

Allegra Themmen-Pigott

October 26, 1967May 4, 2019

Allegra F Themmen-Pigott, 51, of Stamford died May 4, 2019 following a year-long struggle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Pigott, her children Dean and Sophia, and siblings Tania and Paris.

Allegra was immersed in music from her birth. She was named after the musical term for “lively” by her parents, who were professional musicians. Her childhood was saturated by music and she learned the guitar, clarinet, and piano. Her true passion was voice, however, which she was earnestly studying by her teenage years. Following her graduation from Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, she pursued a performance degree in classical voice as a coloratura soprano. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree and began a life-long passion of organizing and performed in concerts for a range of charities and events.

After Alzheimer’s Disease struck her mother, however, Allegra became interested in the healing power of music. She attended Leslie College in Cambridge Massachusetts and earned a Masters in Expressive Therapies and became a Board Certified Music Therapist. Allegra worked in several clinics in the New York City area, ran her own private practice, and earned certifications as a Diplomat Psychotherapist and a Certified Reiki Practitioner. Allegra also served as a Board member at the American Music Therapy Associated for the New England Region, and was a member of the adjunct faculty at the New School in New York City.

Allegra is also the author of “Life in the Key of Allegra: A Personal and Professional Journey with the Healing Powers of Music”, an extraordinary memoir that spans the decades of her growth as a young girl to a mental health professional.

There will be a wake at Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home in Greenwich, CT from 5 – 8pm on May 8th. Friends and family are encouraged to attend to honor and share their “remembrances” of Allegra with stories, music, and performance. The funeral will be led by Rabbi MJ Newman on May 9th at 10:30am at the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home in Greenwich, followed by a reception at Madonia Restaurant in Stamford at approximately 12:45pm. The family will receive visitors for two days of Shiva from 4 – 8pm on May 10th and 11th. Donations can be made in memory of Allegra to the Pan-Mass Challenge at http://profile.pmc.org/JP0484 or to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at https://events.lustgarten.org/

Services

  • Calling Hours Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Burial, Immediately Following Service Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Teresa Lindsay

May 8, 2019

Dear Joe, Dean, Sophia, Tania and Paris,

Our hearts go out to you all. Allegra left such a mark in our lives from the time spent here in London. We kept in touch on the odd occasion because to us she was so unforgettable as a person. Full of life, love and of course music. There is so much more to say of Allegras special attributes but words don't seem to come easy for the pain and sorrow. She will always live in our hearts. Our condolences go out to you in this time of pain and grief.

The Lindsay Family,

London UK

TAMAR (TAMARI) WITKIN

May 8, 2019

Dear family of Beautiful, Talented Allegra---

In 3 parallel ways, Allegra's life journey echoed and resonated with mine -- same Religious/Cultural background as mine, same Spiritual Questing and SGI-(non government religious/spiritual organization which promotes Peace, Culture and Education through a profound, life affirming daily practice and ecumenical philosophy) -- and Music, always Music, since childhood.

While Voice was her major instrument; then guitar, mine was Piano, (I studied voice later on)...She and I performed together in Operatic Scenes from Mozart to Puccini's great music, and I am still filled with the resonance of her powerful, expressive voice from music her Mother wrote--as well as from the very first time I saw her perform -- singing the Doll's Aria (Olympia) from Tales of Hoffman - Offenbach! a real tour de force--for her first foray in the Schubert Club. My close family and I would joke about her high notes being able to 'shatter glass'! Ah, Allegra-- you were ripped from this earth too soon--you grabbed life and consumed it with ghusto! with incredible conviction-- you were and are; always will be a STAR! I cannot believe you are not here physically with us -- you have given so much of your soul to help heal others -- your caring; the work you did for mental health, the benefit concerts for cancer research, the joy and exuberance you gave through the daring choices made as a musician! the warmth, encouragement, patience and support you gave to me backstage when we were preparing to perform together in ensemble! the privilege and joy you brought to me in performing with me at the Womens' Meeting in Norwalk two short years ago. You are always with me-- in my heart; in my life, as a bright, guiding light; a super nova! Brava! Bravissima! encore encore! come back! Thank You so much for what you have given us! The world needs super courageous women like you! The gift of your life was and is unique...Love, your friend, Tamari.

Brian Allen

May 8, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Allegra at Heartsong. What I remembered most about her was her incredible ability to listen intently, and with compassion, to all the parents. She would discuss the programs at Heartsong in such detail and why the work was so important to the community. Allegra is such a talented person who will truly be missed. On behalf of my family, I offer my deepest condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.

Jaime Plancon

May 7, 2019

Allegra was my supervisor whilst pursuing my license to become a professional counselor here in CT. She was such an inspiration and guide at a time in my life when I was feeling lost and overwhelmed. Her calming presence was what I needed to grow both personally and professionally. Since that time I have had the pleasure of spending time with her yearly at our regional music therapy conference, and have always valued the time we would spend together. Allegra, may your spirit sore and your voice fly with the angels!!

Kaori Ihara

May 7, 2019

I had the pleasure of working alongside Allegra at Heartsong. I remember her as a passionate Music Therapist―deeply dedicated to the community she served―and a kind, humorous, and vibrant colleague. My heart breaks for this loss, and I send my deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. Allegra, may you Rest In Peace.

Donna Spalter

May 7, 2019

I only knew Allegra for a short time from Gilda’s club. During that time though , I was privileged to feel the warmth of her light and kindness. What a wonderful spirit.

Kira Rukin

May 7, 2019

The shock I feel at this news is commensurate with the memories I will hold dear of life in London and then in Connecticut with my sassy, feisty friend Allegra. We trained for a 5K together, raised our boys together, laughed a lot and held each other dear. I am shocked by this news. Joe, Dean and Sophia-❤️. No words can possibly express at this time.

Kobi Forer

May 7, 2019

Hello,

I am very sorry to hear about your loss. It came as a huge surprise.

I remember when we lived in London and I would go over to your house and Allegra was always such a warm and friendly person.

Lots of love and my condolences

-Kobi


Tracy Schneider

May 7, 2019

My heart goes out to Joe and the kids and their friends and family.

It is with deepest condolences for your loss that I write this. Allegra WAS such a lively person - her parents chose THE PERFECT name for her. She was always beaming and sparkling with life.

Allegra, I will miss your music, your passion for music and the way you brought people together through your passion for music. I will miss your laugh (and your little snorts you sometimes made when you laughed) and your wonderful sense of humor.

We truly have lost a special soul....I take solace in knowing there is one more beautiful star lighting up our sky.

My best -
Tracy A. Schneider

Lukas van der Kroft

May 7, 2019

I met Allegra the day after X-mas 1988 at Sounds of Brasil on Varick St. NYC. Always up for an adventure and some good fun, we immediately agreed we would celebrate New Years with friends which lead me to getting to know Susan my future wife and mother of my kids. For over 30 years Allegra was a fixture in my life, sometimes closer sometimes further away, but always present. I loved being in her presence which was always looking forward brimming with hopes, dreams and aspirations. We shared weddings, birth's and funerals and everything in between. Your vibrancy, your love and your generous smile will stay with me forever. Rest in peace girl, I love you, you did a wonderful job adding Allegra to my life.