ICDA celebrates the lives of all the incredible directors, clinicians,
teachers, composers, colleagues, and friends lost in the last year.
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Dr. Debra Detwiler
Dr. Debra Detwiler was born on April 20, 1957, to Delbert and Helen (Thut) Detwiler in Elkhart. She is a 1979 Goshen College graduate, and earned a Master of Music Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1985 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 2003. She taught in public schools in Indiana and Colorado and was assistant professor of music at Bluffton (Ohio) University for 10 years. Detwiler began teaching at Goshen College in 1999.
Detwiler was particularly passionate about exploring how the use of hymn and folk singing can become a catalyst for connections between people of differing cultures, faiths, ages and circumstances, and serve as an empowering tool for women.
In 2004, she created the college’s Women’s World Music Choir, which had goals to discover and perform spiritual music of many cultures, both national and international, particularly indigenous cultures. The choir also highlighted the role of women in these cultures, celebrating the unique spirit, faith and energy that women bring to the world as creators and sustainers of life and art. The choir was an invited performer at the 2013 Indiana Music Educators Association conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and has also performed at the 2008 Central Division conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Deb’s influence in the area of women’s music has been an inspiration to many,” said Marcia Yost, director of the art: engagement and outreach. “Her compassion and musical talents provided a perfect outlet for making all who shared life with her feel special and cared for individually and collectively. What she offered musically and personally is a gift that will be cherished and greatly missed.”
Along with the Women’s World Music Choir, Detwiler has directed the Goshen College Chorale, Chamber Choir and Parables Worship Ensemble.
“She taught a generation of students to appreciate the transformative power of world music,” said Scott Hochstetler, professor of music. “We’ve lost a pillar in our community, and I’ve lost a great colleague, mentor and friend. She leaves behind a gaping hole at Goshen College, but she also leaves behind a community profoundly changed by her presence.”
In addition to touring many parts of the United States and Canada, Detwiler’s choirs have been in demand regionally, having performed with the Toledo Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra and South Bend Symphony. Detwiler and her choirs have worked and performed with such noted conductors as Vance George, Alice Parker, Donald Neuen and Gregg Smith.
As a conductor, Detwiler appeared regularly as a choral clinician with high school choirs in local, regional and national settings. She was an invited conductor at the 2012 Fulton County (Ohio) High School choral festival and the 2009 regional Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She has led workshops in choral and hymn singing at Mennonite churches, schools, conferences and conventions over the past three decades.
Dr. Detwiler’s voice students regularly compete and place at state and regional NATS vocal competitions. Choral and vocal graduates from her studio have gone on to study and have professional careers in Chicago, Boston, New York City, London and Berlin. She has contributed stage, vocal, and orchestral direction to fully staged productions of operas and musicals at Goshen College, including Bizet’s Carmen, Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, among others.
C. LaMar Holaway
Mr. Holaway was a 1950 Nappanee High School graduate. He received a bachelor's degree from Goshen College and later a master's degree from Notre Dame.
He was drafted in 1954 to serve our country and served in Alternate Service as a medical assistant at Brooklane Farm, Hagerstown, Maryland.
On Aug. 8, 1954, he married Barbara Thut in West Liberty, Ohio. She preceded him in death Oct. 7, 2014.
He was a lifetime area resident. Mr. Holaway taught music education and was a choir director at Argos and Jimtown high schools and for more than 47 years at Penn High School. While at Penn High School, he directed many Christmas and spring concerts, as well as candlelight processionals, recording concerts and classroom innovations, including sight reading.
He was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1987, Distinguished Staff Award in 2010, First State Champion for Concert Choirs, along with receiving many more during his years at Penn. He directed the Junior Choir to the national level in Dallas and San Francisco. The choir was invited to sing at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Penn Concert Choir also performed at the 2000 Concert Choir Olympics in Austria and in New York Carnegie Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Mr. Holaway was the first director of the Michiana Boys Choir. He was the chorus director at Holdeman Mennonite Church for more than 30 years. Through his 54 years of teaching, he taught more than 10,000 young adults over the years and was involved in more than 390 performances.
Mr. Holaway was a member of College Mennonite Church. He enjoyed gardening and "rooting around in dirt." He was a model train enthusiast and appreciated old barns.
Dr. Robert F. (Bob) Hounchell
Dr. Robert F. Hounchell was called home on September the 12th, 2019, at the age of 89, after a long, hard-fought battle with dementia/Alzheimer's. Dr. Hounchell was born April 18, 1930, to Harry Lee Hounchell and Alla May Welty Hounchell, in Moores Hill, Indiana.
Dr. Hounchell is a 1948 graduate of Austin High School and a 1952 graduate of Indiana University, where he was a member of the Music Fraternity Sinfonia. He then went on to receive his master's in music education as well as his PhD from Indiana University. He is a lifelong member of the Indiana University Alumni Association.
In his growing-up years he was quite the athlete, participating in track and field, holding many records at his former high school that were only recently broken in the last few decades, and he was also considered quite the basketball star. He was active in scouting and achieved the highest level of an Eagle Scout. He went to France for the world scouting jamboree, where he was the leader of his troop along with his former friend, Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon. Dr. Hounchell also served his country during the Korean War while stationed in Germany.
Dr. Hounchell began his teaching career in the public school system in southern Indiana, teaching at Clarksville and Jeffersonville high schools. He was then appointed to the faculty of Indiana State University in the fall of 1963. He served the university as coordinator of the Voice and Choral Division, and served many summers as the director of the University Show Choir workshops as well as director of the summer choral workshops that featured world-renowned guest conductors Roger Wagner and Paul Salamunovich. He also served on the College of Arts Recruitment and Retention Committee and the University Scholarship Committee. Dr. Hounchell was the conductor and visionary of the beloved ISU Madrigal Singers, who performed legendary beautiful traditional Elizabethan Christmas dinners at ISU for many years. The Madrigals group also went to Ball State to perform, and the Indiana Music Educators Convention, as well as performing on the IU campus, IUPUI Hammond campus, and Vincennes University campus. The group also toured and performed in England in 1975. Dr. Hounchell was also a conductor and director of several other ISU musical groups during his tenure: the University Concert Choir, the University Singers, Sycamore Singers, the Women's Glee Club and Men's Glee Club, and he served as the director of the Opera Workshop and Opera Theatre productions. As director of the Opera Workshop and Opera Theatre, he presented the first national performance of Mozart's comic opera "The Goose of Cairo" at the National Opera Association's Convention in Detroit.
His other professional activities and honors included serving as governor for the National Opera Association for Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. He served as secretary and contest chairperson for the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He was a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association, for which he served as editor for the Central Division newsletter, "The Resound," as well as for the Indiana Newsletter, "The Notation." Dr. Hounchell also appeared as a moderator, lecturer, and panelist at national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. He also served as an adjudicator for the Indiana State School Music Association.
His contributions to the community were many, including founding the Terre Haute Choral Society in 1973, where he served as the conductor for 10 years, bringing the community much joy though music every Christmas season as the group performed Handel's "Messiah" under Dr. Hounchell's watchful and masterful conducting. He served as the finance chairman for the Terre Haute Symphony as well as music director for many Community Theatre musical productions.
He and his wife Jacqueline also served as choir director and organist for 36 years at the First Congregational Church. The couple received a Terre Award for their service to the community.
Dr. Hounchell led an extraordinary life and was beloved as a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, colleague, friend, and neighbor.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years Jacqueline Paul Hounchell of Dallas, Texas; his son Robert Justin Hounchell (Janet Aitkin) of Wellington, Colorado, and daughter Jeanne Ellen Hounchell (Jaxi) of Dallas, Texas; son-in-law Marshall Harvey of Los Angeles; grandchildren Shannon Harmon (Brian) of Colorado Springs, Danielle Baker (Byron) of Denton, Texas, Robert (Lisa) of Dallas, Texas, Katharine Harvey of Los Angeles, and Jacqueline Baker, a.k.a. Jaxi, of Aubrey, Texas; great-grandchildren Miguel, Elijah, and Ethan; his brother-in-law J. Andrew Paul of Redington Beach, Florida; his niece Judith Piland (Paul) of Corpus Christie; and great-niece Jordan Mauldin (Zane) of Corpus Christi; as well as adopted grandson Ricky Noles (Berry/Harley) of Aubrey, Texas; and several nieces and nephews on the Paul side and many cousins on the Welty side. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Anne Elizabeth Harvey; his brother Joseph Donald Hounchell (sister-in-law Margaret); and his parents Harry Lee and Alla May Hounchell; as well as many beloved friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
Elise Stefan Marshall
Elise Stefan Marshall was born in Indianapolis to Fred H. Stefan and Elise Wilhelm Stefan who immigrated to the United States from Germany after World War I ended. They became American Citizens soon after their arrival, but they never lost their German accents.
Elise grew up in a household with a rich German heritage, and of course was fluent in German. Later in life, she became fluent in French as well.
Early on in her life and late in life, she was active in various German societies such as the Ziederkrantz, the German American Klub, and the Danke Group.
Her love of music started early and was fostered by her loving parents, who purchased her beloved Steinway baby grand piano for her when she was in high school. She was an accomplished pianist, as well as a beautiful mezzo soprano singer.
She graduated from Emmerich Manual High School in 1945, having achieved many academic and music awards. Elise then attended Butler University from 1945 through 1947, studying music education.
It was at Butler she met her future husband, Kenneth O. Marshall, who had entered Butler following his service during WWII in the Pacific Theater.
Ken and Elise met when she agreed to tutor him in German. They started dating and their relationship and love grew and strengthened, even as they both left Butler. Ken transferred to Purdue University to follow engineering. Elise transferred to the University of Michigan, on a full scholarship. She completed her B.A. in music education. She later completed her Masers in choral conducting at Indiana University School of Music, becoming one of the first female choral conductors in the country.
Ken and Elise were married at Friedens United Church of Christ, when Friedens was still located on Parkway Avenue, on June 17, 1950. Elise created and sewed her floor length wedding gown of silk and tiffany lace. She sketched a copy of such a gown which had been on display in the window of the downtown L.S. Ayers Store. Together she and her mother created her beautiful wedding gown.
Ken and Elise built their limestone house on the south side in 1951. Many of Elise's old country German friends of her parents helped construct the house, especially her carpenter father, Fred. They remained in their home until Ken's passing in 2001, and Elise's need for assisted living care, latter part of 2019.
Ken and Elise became the loving parents to three children, Holly, Heidi, and David, or Opus 1, Opus 2, and Opus 3 as Elise lovingly referred to her kids.
Elise ensured all of her family including Ken, sang, played various instruments, and were actively involved in music. When the children were little the Marshall family frequently sang together in German, at the Athaneum and other downtown locations used by the Germans in Indianapolis, which were prevalent at that time. Her family also sang in her school choirs, and Holly and Ken in her professional choral group.
Elise's professional career was amazing. Her first music education teaching assignment was at Tech High School. She was then hired to conduct the music programs and choirs at Tudor Hall Girls School, which became Park Tudor School. She also taught music education, voice performance, and headed up the choirs and singing groups at Indiana Central College, now University of Indianapolis. As she was teaching at the institutions, she also conducted five different choirs at Friedens Church.
Elise was awarded the Manual High School Distinguished Alumna of the Year award in 2006. In 1998, then Mayor Steven Goldsmith designated March 14, 1998 as the Indianapolis Arts Chorale and Elise Marshall Day, in recognition of Elise's work as the Indianapolis Arts Chorale founder.
During her years at the schools, Ken and Elise conducted European choral music education trips with various students.
Elise was a longtime voice teacher to countless private voice students as well as a long time judge for the annual Indiana State School Music Association Competitions. Many of her students won these competitions as well as the Prelude Voice Performance Competitions.
Elise Marshall was tremendously dedicated to her students, giving unlimited support.
She formed the Indianapolis Arts Chorale in 1972, a professional group of classically trained vocalists. She was passionate about bringing good choral music to the Indianapolis Community. She worked with renowned composers during her tenure, such as Aaron Copeland and Norman Luboff.
Elise was always grateful to Ken for all of his love and support he gave to her as she pursued such musical, artistical, endeavors. She was also grateful to her children for all of their love and support.
Elise was also passionate about her beautiful yard, which boasted many unusual plantings and perennials. Her children grew up embracing the beauty of the flowers and followed in her footsteps in their own yards.
She was a gourmet cook and baker. Until recent years, she would start her Christmas cookie baking around Thanksgiving; baking hundreds of cookies, many of them different ethnic varieties, with a focus on German, such as Lebkuchen and Springle.
She would pack up individual tins of her cookies for family and some very fortunate friends.
She was an expert knitter of beautiful and unusual patterned sweaters, using yarns from Maine, Scotland, and Ireland. Her family and close friends were the lucky recipients of some beautiful sweaters.
Elise and Ken enjoyed traveling after their retirements with close long time friends and family, with a fondness for the New England area.
Above all, Elise loved her family with all her heart. She was passionate and dedicated to her students and to the Indianapolis Arts Chorale. She had an open heart for all of her family pets through the years.
Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman
Professor Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman grew up in northwest Indiana, where her family owned and operated Madura’s Danceland, a ballroom just outside Chicago. She earned a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana State University, an M.A. from San Diego State University, and a D.M.E. from Indiana University in 1992.
As a specialist in choral music education, vocal jazz, and research, Professor Madura Ward Steinman was a former faculty member at the University of Southern California, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She also taught choral and general music to grades K-12 in California and was active extensively as a pianist. She joined the Jacobs School’s Music Education Department in fall 2003.
Professor Madura Ward-Steinman was the author of eight books, including Becoming a Choral Music Teacher, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2018); Contemporary Music Education, 4th ed. (with Michael Mark, Cengage, 2014); Vocal Improvisation Games for Singers and Choral Groups (with Jeffrey Agrell, GIA, 2014); Advances in Social-Psychology and Music Education Research (Ed., Ashgate, 2011; Routledge, 2016); Music Education in Your Hands (with Michael Mark, Routledge, 2010); Madura’s Danceland (Arcadia, 2010); and Getting Started with Vocal Improvisation (R&L Education, 1999), as well as several chapters in other books.
She had articles published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Psychology of Music, and Teaching Music. She also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.
Her prolific research and teaching presentations included conferences of the National Association for Music Education, Big Ten Academic Alliance, Indiana Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association, International Society for Improvised Music, Symposium on Research in Choral Singing, Florida State University College of Music, Nanyang Technological University–Singapore, and many others.
Professor Madura Ward-Steinman was preceded in death by her husband, David Ward-Steinman, on April 14, 2015. She is survived by siblings Michael Madura and Marcia (Dr. Daniel) Madura Kozlowski; nieces Michele (Shawn) Leeney and Dr. Kimberly (James) Kozlowski Mercurio; nephews Michael (Sherrie) Madura and Daniel (Sarah) Kozlowski; great nieces and nephews Kurt and Cara Leeney, Lila, Grace, and Bracken Kozlowski, Tiffany, Trisha, Michael, and Kylie Madura, and Julia, Peter, Thomas, and James Mercurio. She is also survived by stepson Matthew (Maureen) Ward-Steinman and step-grandchildren Isabella, Gabriel, and Evelyn Ward-Steinman.
Robert E. Stoll
Robert E. Stoll died peacefully on January 26, 2020, at the age of 90. He was Professor Emeritus at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Born in Rochester, NY on December 22, 1929, to Herman Stoll and Dora Eiffert Stoll, he was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Elizabeth Terry, and his brother Herman Stoll, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Christel Johnson Stoll; by daughter Laurie Stoll and her sons William and Ian Grimshaw; and by daughter Lindie Stoll Nall, her husband Alan Nall, and their children Benjamin, Mia, and Luke.
Mr. Stoll grew up in a home filled with music. His father was a cellist with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, his aunt was a concert pianist, and the family hosted weekly Abendmusik concerts in their home for the area’s German immigrant community. He studied at the Eastman School of Music while in high school, then received his Bachelor of Music degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1952. While there, he was Assistant Director of the Gentlemen Songsters, a chorus that performed a weekly radio show in Rochester. He served in the US Army for two years during the Korean War as an entertainment director for Special Services, then completed a Master of Music degree at Syracuse University. He was a high school teacher, an administrator for professional summer stock, and a director in community theater before moving to Bloomington to pursue doctoral studies at the IU School of Music in 1960.
He joined the faculty of the IU School of Music as Assistant Professor in 1963 and retired as Professor of Music in 1995. He was renowned among his students for his meticulous insistence on vocal excellence, on musical integrity across all styles and genres of music, and on the importance of ensemble and professionalism. He believed deeply in the importance of his role as faculty advisor. He encouraged his students to take initiative and to develop leadership skills, and was immensely proud of their ongoing successes as professional musicians and educators, and in many other endeavors. He had appointments in the departments of Choral Conducting, Music Education, and Opera Production; and for all 32 years, he was Director of the Singing Hoosiers.
Under Mr. Stoll’s leadership, the Singing Hoosiers became known as one of the premier collegiate concert show choirs in the country. They toured extensively throughout Indiana, and in 26 other states and internationally, including five tours for the USO to Europe, Asia, Greenland and the North Atlantic, and the Caribbean. They appeared with preeminent performers including Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Hope, and Pete Fountain; with several professional symphonies; and at the prestigious national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. He also prepared the group to serve as the chorus in School of Music productions including Carmen, Parsifal, Faust, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
Mr. Stoll and the Singing Hoosiers had a rich collaborative partnership with Maestro Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, including concerts, four recordings on the Telarc International label, two Grammy nominations, and, in 1995, a concert at Carnegie Hall commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Cincinnati Pops.
During his tenure, Mr. Stoll served as music director for over thirty musical theater productions for the IU School of Music including Brigadoon, Carousel, Candide, and A Little Night Music. For 24 years, he was the music director for the adult choirs at the First Christian Church in Bloomington. And for many years following his retirement, he worked with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra as music director, conductor, and board¬ member in presenting the traditional Christmas with the Pops and 4th of July Picnic with the Pops concerts, and others.
Among his honors, he was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Mu Alpha, and received two Leather Medal Awards and the IU Alumni Association President’s Award. He was designated State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier, and was appointed Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest award for service to the State of Indiana.
And now the purple dust of twilight time
steals across the meadows of my heart…
― Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parrish, “Stardust”