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1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Millard H. "Mel" Kinney Obituary
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December 08, 2016

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July 4, 2016
In all the years I sang for you, I never reminded you that you were kind enough to let my non-student mother sing in your choir for "Camelot" when you directed it in 1972.

I was 12, and when I saw the show, I fell in love with Arthur and England. (Lancelot who?) I hold you responsible for my lifelong love of all things medieval, and for the glorious summer term I spent in England studying 15th-century history.

In 1975, you brought Shrine to Coconino High and. I remember "Blue, Green, and Gold," and promising myself that I'd sing with you someday. I was 15 and a sophomore then. I sang in the choir and in madrigals under Ashley, won my place in Regional and All-State, but all the while I was wondering, "Will I ever be good enough to sing with Mel?"

In the fall of 1979, I auditioned for Shrine and Madrigals. To my great surprise (but not to Kurt Weinsinger's, who had been coaching me since I asked to sing in his adult church choir at 13), Mel let me into both.

The choir tour and the Christmas feasts were wonderful, but most wonderful of all was *flying* with Mel, whose first lesson was, "Strip out the vibrato. Completely. Forever." Over the years, I've wished that many other choir directors would order the same. Completely. Forever.

You'd retired "Blue, Green, and Gold" by the time I got into Shrine. But you believed in me when I scarcely believed in myself. You gave me opportunities and encouraged me...and even let me solo for you. You paired me in madrigals with the best tenor ever, whose rendition of "O Holy Night" brought me to tears.

It was an honor and a blessing to sing with you, Mel. No other director has ever come close to your dedication, your ability to get the best out of his or her singers, and your ability to fly with us.

You are one of the most honorable and kind men I have ever known. I pray you're directing a choir in heaven right now, and that when I get there you'll have room for one more soprano whose life you changed forever.

Be well and happy wherever you are. I love you, and I want to sing-fly with you again.

~Kim
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April 18, 2016
Many of us owe Mel for many things. For me, a 35 year career as a Choral Director is what I owe to Mel.

After his service last Saturday I was reminded of a song lyric which does reflect, aside from the music, on the core of Mel Kinney: The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.

We know you loved us, and we loved you Mel.

Russ Parker
April 12, 2016
Always in my heart, Mel. Always in my heart.
April 11, 2016
Please accept my condolences on your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help your family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13
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