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Robert A. Miller


Robert A. Miller, 76, of Blairstown, N.J., passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Newton Medical Center, Newton, N.J. Born in Newark, N.J., Miller was a son of the late George and Loretta M. (Im- feld) Miller. He was retired, and had been an instrumental music teacher, employed by the East Orange Board of Education, East Orange, N.J. He had also performed as a professional musician. Miller lived in Blair- stown since 1977, having moved from Hill- side, N.J. He was an Army veteran serving during the Korean War, and was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shep- herd in Blairstown.


Richard M. Smith


music technology labs for high school stu- dents in Southern New Jersey. He was an ac- tive conductor, teacher, composer, adjudica- tor, and choral clinician. As a conductor, Smith directed the


New Jersey All-State Chorus twice, first in 1970 and then in 1979. In February 1998, he conducted the Region III Senior High Honor Chorus for an unprecedented 4th time. He first conducted the Region III Senior High Chorus in 1968. He returned as conductor in 1978 and 1988, and then at the request of the SJCDA Executive Board and Conductor Selection Committee, he directed the 1998 South Jersey Senior High Chorus. Richard Smith served as the Conductor and Music Director for several outstanding choral organizations, including the Pitman New Jersey Choral Society (1963-1966), the Rittenhouse Square (PA) Choral Society (1964-1969), the Musical Arts


Society of Camden (1968-1972), Born in 1938 in Philadelphia, PA,


Richard “Dick” Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester State College in 1960. Dick was later awarded an Honorary Master of Mu- sic for Choral Conducting (1971) from Temple University Philadelphia, PA. He spent his entire career as a music educator as the Director of Choral Activities, Music Theory, and Electronic Music at Audubon Jr/Sr High School in Audubon, New Jersey. He served there from 1960 to 1994, as well as serving as Chairman of Fine and Performing Arts


Department from 1964 to 1987. Richard Mount Smith had a multifaceted career which continued even after his retirement as Director of Choral Activities at Audu- bon High School. He established many of the musical organizations at Audubon High School, as well as founding one of the first


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and the Ulster County, New York Choral Festival (1995). He served as the conductor of the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra Chorus from 1968 through 1975, leading the chorus in the successful performance of some of the most difficult works of choral and symphonic literature. He was the guest conductor of the Salem County Festival Chorus in 1987. He received the unique honor of serving as a Participating Conductor for the Messiah “Sing-In” held at the Philadelphia Academy of Music from 1978 through 1980. Smith also conducted two performances of the b-minor Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall. Smith conducted several choral tours


with the Audubon High School Choir through Europe in 1964, 1975, 1979, and 1980. It was the Audubon High School Concert Choir under the direction of Smith that was requested to appear in the NBC National Network Memorial the day follow- ing the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. His Madrigal Singers were selected to perform at the Eastern Division Music Educators National Conference Convention in Hartford, Connecticut in 1987. Smith also led choral groups in performances at the Philadelphia Academy of Music and Carn- egie Hall in New York. Smith distinguished himself through


his selfless devotion towards others through service on many levels. Richard Smith served the Region III South Jersey Choral Directors


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Association as its President (1965-1967), Assistant Corresponding Secretary, (1984- 1992), and Senior High Chorus Manager (1964 & 1973). He was a member of the Region III Choral Conductor Selection Committee on numerous occasions. Even more extraordinary was his role as the Trea- surer of the South Jersey Choral Directors’s Association for the past 45 years! At the state level, Dick Smith served the New Jersey state music educator organization, NJMEA, as a member of the Choral Procedures Commit- tee from 1964 to 1983. He assumed the role of Choral Procedures Chairman from 1983 to 1988. Smith served on the All-State Cho- rus Conductor Selection Committee from 1977 through 1979, and as the NJMEA Ex- ecutive Secretary in 1989 and 1990. Smith not only conducted the All-State Chorus twice but served as its manager on two occa- sions and was the Housing Director for the New Jersey All-State Chorus and Orchestra for nearly 25 years. During this time, he continued his daily teaching duties at Audu- bon Junior/Senior High School, conduct- ing, composing, adjudicating, and serving as a consultant to hundreds of other music educators. In the summer of 1998, Dick Smith was


selected, along with four other music educa- tors, to review and analyze music preserved by the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Smith spent several intensive days studying choral and instrumental music in the museum archives. Numerous hours were spent along with his four colleagues inside the Holocaust Museum, including those hours after it had closed to the general pub- lic. The goal of this project was to place the literature in a relevant social and historical context. This music included the haunting refrains of folk songs and symphonies that had been silenced for over half of a century. Smith was privileged to have access to pre- viously unseen compositions and special collections discovered after the Holocaust. Smith also served on the Educational Out- reach Committee for the Philadelphia Or- chestra, working closely with their staff on concerts and programming for young people in the Tri-State area. Richard Smith served as a Cooperat-


ing Teacher for many future music educa- tors. This includes several renown directors presently teaching in New Jersey whose programs set the standard for contemporary choral instruction. Numerous outstanding


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