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by Karen Wieland category: Other
On Wednesday, December 26, 2012, a large group of alumni and friends of the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute music program will be gathering at SJCI to celebrate the career and artistic ministry of mentor-teacher James V. Deiotte.
From the fall of 1974 until this past spring of 2012, when health issues led to an early retirement, Jim was at the helm of one of Western New York’s most robust and successful choral music and musical theater programs. Through his work with SJCI’s Freshman Singers, Glee Club, Varsity Singers, Swing Choir, LaSallian Singers, and Alumni Men’s Ensemble, as well as his work with the casts of 38 consecutive spring musical productions, Jim shaped the lives of thousands upon thousands of young men and women.
Known as much for his spirituality, generosity, and passion as for his virtuosity and expert pedagogy, Jim is the sort of teacher and man who makes a strong impression on everyone that he meets. That is why more than 30 men and women who sang under Jim’s leadership have teamed up to plan and organize the December 26 festivities—a massive display of gratitude and affection for an outstanding musician, educator, and individual.
This unforgettable evening will begin at 7 pm with a social hour, followed by a gala concert featuring performances by St. Joe's music program alums. To purchase tickets and/or make a goodwill donation, visit http:// sjcigiftsofgrace.eventbrite.com. Net proceeds from the event, including all goodwill donations, will be given to Jim as the community’s way of saying "thank you and happy retirement!"
PHOTO CAPTION: Jim Deiotte captured in a moment of peaceful reflection, while traveling in Montserrat, Spain with the Alumni Men’s Ensemble, July 2012.
This event is hosted by an ad hoc group of alumni of the choral music program at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY. The 30+ alumns working on the event so far want to make sure that the career and contributions of their former teacher and mentor, Jim Deiotte, are acknowledged and celebrated on the occasion of his retirement.