In Memoriam

Joseph R. Flummerfelt

Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt died March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Flummerfelt, renowned conductor retired from Westminster Choir College having served on the faculty from 1971 until 2004. In 2018, he was honored with the Helen Kemp Award by the American Choral Directors Association. In addition to his Grammy awards and nominations, Flummerfelt’s many honors include Le Prix du President de la Republique from L’Academie du Disque Francais. He holds honorary doctorates from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Purdue University, Vincennes University, Ursinus College, and DePauw University. He has received DePauw’s two highest alumni awards. The Old Gold Goblet in 1988 and the DePauw Gold Medal in 2005.

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


Michele M. Holt

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Michele M. Holt, DMA, on July 6, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. Michele developed a deep and lasting passion for music in all its forms at a very early age. For Michele, encouraging, nurturing, loving, and mentoring people was of the utmost importance and she accomplished that through music education. Although her accolades are numerous, it was her enthusiasm, determination and passion that made her both larger than life, and so very dear to so many.

Having recently retired, Michele was a professor and Coordinator of Music Education at her alma mater, University of Rhode Island. She was on the Graduate Choral Conducting and Music Education faculty at Gordon College and Executive Director of Massachusetts Music Educators Association. She also served as ACDA Rhode Island State President from 1987-1989, Eastern Division President from 1996-1998 and National President from 2005-2007. Michele’s dedication to music, care for her students and colleagues, and her deep passion for the highest level of professional development for all music educators are hallmarks of her life.

As a member of the Apponaug Harbor Yacht Club, Michele loved sailing and spent her summers with Barry and friends enjoying the coastal waters of New England. All of us who have been touched by Michele will carry her memory in our hearts forever.

She is survived by her husband Barry, their 2 children: Melissa Reynolds and Mathew Holt, his wife Kelly, grandchildren Grace and Dylan Reynolds, her mother Anna Sunness and sisters Christy and Susan Menard.
A memorial service was held at Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston, RI 02920, on Saturday, July 28, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Michele Holt Music Educators Scholarship:

Published in The Providence Journal on July 11, 2018

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