Walter Edward Cuttino

October 21, 1957April 25, 2021

Walter Edward Cuttino was born October 21st, 1957 to David W. Cuttino, Jr. and Evelyn Dell Eaddy Cuttino in Meridian, Mississippi. A few years after his birth, the family moved to Macon, GA and finally to Charleston, SC where Walter's father accepted a position with the Baptist College, now Charleston Southern University. Walter has three siblings: Pamela Brinkerhoff of Ramona, CA, David Cuttino, III of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Carole Cuttino of Awendaw, SC.

Walter graduated from Middleton High School and spent glorious summers at Lake Moultrie from the time he was 10 years old: skiing, fishing and carousing with friends and family. Through his father's ministry, he was a member of numerous churches in the Charleston area. He honed his exceptional vocal talent performing in high school and churches during his youth. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina where he caught the opera bug and went on to complete his Masters and Opera Certificate degrees at the University of Cincinnati.

He launched his professional career in Germany where he sang over 1000 opera performances and over 500 concerts throughout Europe and the US, including a tour with the late Leonard Bernstein in London and Moscow. He was employed full time by the Theaters in Ulm, Aachen and Krefeld-Moenchengladbach from 1984-1997 as lyrical tenor soloist.

He met his wife, Simone, in 1989. She was a full time ballet dancer in Krefeld-M-Gladbach. He didn't just date her, he became the ‘boyfriend’ of the entire ballet company. He would drop off chocolate for all the lady dancers before a performance. He made friends with the male dancers, and the worlds of ballet and opera had crossed over like never before. They spent part of every summer in Charleston with family and friends and traveled throughout Europe and the US.

They were married in 1995, in Germany first, July 3rd, at the City Hall in Rheydt, and at First Baptist Church downtown Charleston, on July 22nd. Walter was offered a position at his alma mater, USC, just weeks after finding out that Simone was pregnant with their first child, Alina. They decided to move to the US in 1996, and take on the next adventure with him as the new voice professor at the school of music. He kept the position for 23 years, along with being the director of the Palmetto Mastersingers for 20 years and director of music at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church for 15 years.

Walter and Simone have 4 children, Alina Maria, Noah Joseph, Gemma Sofie and Avalyn Eaddy.


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Walter Edward Cuttino

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ben Cliatt

May 9, 2021

Walter was my housemate for his last three years at USC and a beloved friend from his first day as a member of the Carolina Concert Choir. So Blessed to be able to renew our friendship when I, a founding member of the Palmetto Mastersingers, was able to rejoin the group in 2009, and sing under his direction. He was so like our beloved Dr. Arpad Daraz. I remember sitting beside Arpads wife when Walter was, as a freshman, leading the choir in some downtime in Hungary,1976. She had tears in her eyes. I asked why and she said,"His Hands!!! He is so like Arpad was at his age!!" We all were blessed by his life. Blessing to all!!!

Gwen McKee

May 2, 2021

What a loss! I can’t fathom not ever hearing Walter sing again. He carried on the beautiful voice from his Grandfather David and his Father David and perfected his talent in a heavenly way. The Cuttinos were a second family for me. As I told Pam, I still remember Walter beating the “Wipe Out” drum solo on the back of the car seat as we carpooled home from school! The world has lost a beautiful voice and a beautiful soul. But, Heaven has gained a princely addition. Prayers and love to Pam, David, and Carole and to Walter’s wife and children.
Gwen Smith McKee

Phil Holmes

May 2, 2021

Dear Cuttino Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband and your father. Walter was my voice teacher, mentor, and friend. To me, he was not only a brilliant musician but a kind, generous, and beautiful soul that made a positive difference in my life. Thank you for sharing him with me and with so many over the years. He will be missed greatly.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Phil Holmes

Phillip & Millie Fore

May 1, 2021

We met Walter at Harbor Chase where my mom is also living. He was always helping others while walking around talking with everyone. He loved sitting down a few minutes and helping my mom with a puzzle. He always had a smile on his face and had a story to tell. We really enjoyed getting to know him. He was a joy and so very talented. We also enjoyed his piano playing and his singing. He was so very proud of his family and loved them dearly. He often told us about how he met his wife and about each of his 4 children. We were so sad to hear of his passing. He will deeply be missed by so many. Our prayers are with the family at this hard time.

Jim Atkinson

April 30, 2021

I taught with his mom and he sang at my wedding in 1977, a wonderful family. Walter was an amazing singer, loved by all who knew him. Condolences my friend.

Joy Dominey (Pierce)

April 29, 2021

I wanted to send my love and deepest sympathy to the entire family. I grew up with Walter (a friend of my brother Roger), his sister Pam, his brother David, and his sister Carole. I loved hearing him sing and for many years had a cassette tape of him and his father singing duets together at a church performance. I know he is singing in the heavenly choir with BlancheEllen Smith at the organ and piano. What a blessing it is that he shared his beautiful voice with so many......

Helen Tintes

April 28, 2021

My most sincere condolences on Prof. Cuttino’s passing.

Lisa Bledsoe

April 28, 2021

I grew to love Walter in the 7th grade when he encouraged this awkward, shy girl to try out for his Dad's youth choir at my church. I still remember him standing behind me quietly humming my part to keep me on pitch. If his dad noticed, he never said a word. Over the years of high school and college, Walter remained a presence in my life. When he was in Cincinnati, I had just moved to Springfield and went to visit him. We maveled then at how our friendship had stayed the course. I felt very lucky to be counted as one of his friends, but the truth is that he was a friend to many. He really did not know a stranger. One of my last interactions with him was to pave the way for one of my students in Michigan to transition to USC as a music major. Even though he wasn't a voice student, Walter made sure to let him know that he was amongst friends. It's unfathomable to me that this gentle soul is no longer walking amongst us.

I cannot begin to express my deep sadness. My words are in no way a fitting tribute for the man with the golden voice and an offbeat sense of humor, who could make me laugh with just a look and who could bring me to tears with just a single note. A man who was giving and kind and always happy to hear from me. My prayers go out to his family as they navigate this devastating loss. Rest in Peace, Walter. The angels must have recognized your voice and come to take you home.

Linda Sears

April 27, 2021

Walter was such a delight to be around. My mother, Rosemary Craft, was always excited to talk with him at Harbor Chase. He was always cheering people up by singing and cutting up. He was so proud of his family and would show me their pictures and tell me about his wife and kids every time I visited Mom. He will be missed by all. Prayers to the family! He loved y’all very much!!

Susan Prosser Lee

April 27, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Walter’s passing, he was a sweet boy in high school with a great voice. My condolences to his family.