“When preparation and opportunity meet, it will equal success.” – 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.
Randi began her career in 1985 teaching choral music in Southern California, including 16 years at Los Alamitos High School. In addition to traditional choral festivals she produced award-winning show choirs, though the highlight of her time there was a trip to Shanghai and Beijing with 100 students. Randi’s excellence in the classroom was also recognized with the 2004-05 Teacher of the Year award from the Los Alamitos Unified School District.
Randi earned her DMA in Choral Music Education at the University of Southern California where she was also the recipient of numerous education awards. Subsequent to receiving her DMA she also taught music education courses at California State University, Fullerton and the University of Southern California, and was active in the California Music Educators Association.
Upon relocating to the east coast, Randi Carp began leading the choral program at Phoenixville High School, PA, where her continued success was reflected in the development of numerous choral ensembles. Her students were actively involved in Regional and All-State choirs, while Randi provided leadership in PMEA, served on the editorial board at J.W. Pepper Sheet Music, and was the R & S Show Choir Chair for ACDA PA.
Randi’s generosity of spirit freely extended into the support she provided for aspiring music educators. In November 2015 she was a guest lecturer for my Choral Methods students where her goal was to help them synthesize the “theoretical” view from campus with the “reality” of the public school classroom. In her inimitable way she set the room on fire and in short measure had my students buzzing with excitement. And all in the service of good music-making, for that was paramount whether she was conducting a freshman choir, advanced concert choir, or show choir.
Randi’s legacy of passion, enthusiasm, and excellence resides in the music that continues to be made by the many students in whom she invested. She was a remarkable colleague and cherished friend.
Tribute by Heather Buchanan