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Karen Ranung Obituary
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July 18, 2018

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March 5, 2017
Karen was my voice teacher for only six months in 1993 ( before I was to take a Drama teaching job that also included being a choir director). Those six months were life-changing for me on so many levels. Later that first year I brought Karen to my Virginia school to work with my small, ragtag choir and she gave each member a full lesson. That weekend made all the difference in our program. She also gave a lesson to my oldest daughter when she was 14 and an aspiring opera singer. That one lesson helped inspire years of conservatory study both in the states and abroad. Not sure why Karen popped into my head today but I join with her friends and family in grieving her loss but mostly I celebrate a most remarkable woman and consummate teacher who made everyone feel very special. I rejoice that I was privileged to know her. Rest in Peace.
February 14, 2017
Hi Bill and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom taught me piano and voice. I have one fond memory of one of her recitals where Eric Idelson and I were a little bit too loud. She recorded the recital where she sang and also performed on the piano - but our voices become a part of her recital and mingled with her solos - as if we could provide a trio for her voice pieces or sing a duet - as she accompanied us both. I'll never forget the way she confronted us together at your home in Poughkeepsie. She asked us the to sit down and listen to the recording of the recital and asked us both in her very quiet and gentle voice, "Do you hear them? The two little mouses squeaking in the background?" I tried to reconnect with her in Albany as I always wished to further my studies with her in voice, but when she heard I had been taking voice with Ann Turner, she told me she couldn't claim me as her own. God rest her precious soul. May the perpetual light of God shine upon her forever.