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The Rita Klinger Memorial Gift SEM Sound Future Campaign

Thursday, April 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
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April 6, 2017


The Rita Klinger Memorial Gift

SEM Sound Future Campaign

Klinger Memorial Gift Co-Chairs: Sarah J. Bartolome & Patricia Shehan Campbell

Committee Members: Ramona Holmes, Sarah H. Watts, Amanda Soto, Ann C. Clements

 Dear SEM Member,

As you may be aware, in 2013 the Education Section established the Rita Klinger Memorial Gift to honor the legacy of our dear colleague who passed away in 2012. Recently, Rita’s family endured another tragedy when her husband Bill was struck and killed while riding his bicycle. During this difficult time, we are inspired to renew our efforts at memorializing Rita’s contributions to the fields of ethnomusicology and music education. Since its inception, we have raised $1940 towards our initial goal of $3000. Once we have raised at least $3000, a memorial citation will be posted to the SEM website and the monies raised will be put to work through the Sound Future Campaign which “supports long-term advancement of research, publication, education, and public service in ethnomusicology.” These endeavors of SEM were very dear to Rita’s heart and we believe this Gift is a particularly fitting way to honor her memory.

Our goal is to raise the additional $1060 needed by November 2017 so we can officially announce the Memorial Citation and recognize Rita’s accomplishments at the 2017 SEM Conference in Denver. Donations in any amount can be made via the online portal. Visit the SEM website (www.ethnomusicology.org) to contribute as part of your annual online membership renewal or in the Sound Future section of the website. Although any size donation is welcome, please consider a gift between $25 and $500.

Rita Klinger was a brilliant musician and educator, with specializations in children’s musical development, traditional children’s songs and singing games, and was keen to ensure that diversity would figure importantly in the curricular content of school music classes.  She received her training in music and music education at the University of Hartford, with advanced degrees earned at Holy Names College and the University of Washington.  She was a singer, a French Horn player, and a conductor of choirs.  She was a full professor of music at Cleveland State University, and was a much sought-after clinician by teachers of music.  She published numerous articles and chapters, and was active in educational work for Smithsonian Folkways and the Association for Cultural Equity.

The establishment of the Klinger Memorial Gift enables those of us who worked with and learned from Rita Klinger to honor her memory and her contribution to ethnomusicology and music education. Please join us is memorializing Rita’s lifeworks and make a donation to the Klinger Memorial Gift. Thank you for your participation.


Sarah J. Bartolome and Patricia Shehan Campbell, Co-Chairs                        

The Rita Klinger Memorial Gift


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