Our Artistic Advisor, Robert Page, died peacefully this past Sunday. He had gone into the hospital about a month ago, and was eventually moved into hospice.
As many of you know, Robert was a great friend and mentor to me. He was very involved in the development and growth of our choir, constantly checking in on our events and progress. I visited him in Pittsburgh several times a year for the past 11 years, working on scores with him, seeking advice for repertoire, and fine tuning my conducting skills. He even came to New York a few years ago to meet with our board and to speak at our spring benefit.
I last saw Robert this past April, for his 89th birthday. He was a tireless, energetic person—a choral conductor of great influence in this country.
His obituary was published this morning.
We will certainly miss this wonderful man and artist, but I am forever grateful for all he did to influence me as a musician.