Joseph C. Crupi

1929 – 2009

Joe CrupiNative 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. He taught music for 32 years in the Horseheads Central School District, Horseheads, NY.

Joe was the pianist at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bradenton, FL, through April 2009. He was also the organist/choir director at St. Matthews Episcopal Church and the First United Methodist Church, both in Horseheads, NY. He and his wife and daughter spent summers in Chautauqua, NY, having worked there since 1980. During that time, Joe worked for three years for the Department of Religion as the director of Choral Activities.

Professionally, Joe belonged to the ACDA, MENC, NYSSMA, NYS Choral Directors Guild and NAJE. He was an arranger and composer, publishing songs for his daughter’s elementary choirs. He became one of the country’s most gifted and productive choral conductors. His choirs performed at regional and national conventions of ACDA, as well as at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, and on several European tours, one of which included a concert in Vienna, Austria, with the Czech Philharmonic. He performed several times with Chuck Mangione as well as being recorded on one of his albums. He brought to the stage classical, contemporary, pop, folk, and jazz literature, allowing his students to appreciate all genres of music. His students idolized him, for he taught them the joy of music along with the philosophy, “No matter what you do in life, do it to the best of your ability at that moment.”

Joe is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia, son Mark (Deborah) and daughter JoAnn (Elissa Gielen); grandchildren Melani Muratore ( Chris), Susanne McDaniel (Kevin), Alex and three greatgrandchildren. He and his wife retired to Bradenton, Fl, in 1992.

Obituary written by JoAnn Crupi.