In Memoriam


Randi Carp

The choral world lost a vibrant, spirited colleague with Dr. Randi Carp’s untimely passing on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Her sphere of influence touched public school and choral communities on both coasts. For those of us fortunate enough to be in her orbit there is a tremendous sense of loss, but also a deep sense of gratitude for a life well lived through her energetic, dedicated and passionate music-making. Click for more


Helen Kemp

Helen Kemp worked for almost 80 training singers, teachers and conductors in the art of choral singing. Known internationally as a specialist in the area of training young voices, she served as guest conductor and clinician in all 50 states and around the world in school, university and church settings. Click for more



Kenneth Steele

Kenneth Ray Steele was born March 1, 1945 in Toccoa, Georgia. Ken graduated from Stetson University in Deland, Florida with a Bachelor of Church Music degree and went on to earn his Master’s in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas in Austin. Click for more



Walter Ehret

Founding ACDA member Walter Ehret passed away on November 16th, 2009. He was born in New York City in 1918 to Adele Tonies and her husband, and later adopted by his step-father, Charles Ehret. A graduate of Juilliard and Teachers College, Columbia University, he taught instrumental and choral music in New Jersey and New York for over 40 years. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Hofstra University, Manhattanville College, and Teachers College, Columbia University. Click for more



Joseph Crupi

Native New Yorker and long time resident Joseph C. Crupi died May 20, 2009 at age 80. He was born in Binghamton, NY, April 1929. He graduated from State University of New York at Fredonia and Ithaca, with additional studies at the University of Oregon, Elmira College, Elmira, NY, Oberlin College of Music in Ohio, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and Eastman School of Music in NY. Click for more



Horace Boyer

Horace Clarence Boyer of Amherst was born July 28, 1935 in Winter Park, Fla. to Mr. & Mrs. Climmie, Sr. & Ethel M. Boyer. He was the fourth of eight children born to this union. He was a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and held masters and doctorate degrees from the Eastman School of Music. His teaching career included tenures at Albany State College , the University of Central Florida at Orlando and from 1973 to 1999, the University of Massachusetts as a member of the Faculty of Music and Dance. Click for more



Brent Miller

Long-time ACDA leader Brent F. Miller passed away on January 4, 2010 after a short illness. He was a graduate of Rutgers University and Trenton State College, with a Bachelor degree in music education and a Master degree in choral conducting. While at Rutgers, he was a member of the Kirkpatrick Chapel Choir, the Rutgers University Choir and Glee Club, and was conductor of the combined Air Force and Army ROTC Cadet Chorus. He studied conducting with a number of teachers, including Robert Shaw and John Rutter. Click for more