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CEELY, Robert Paige Of Brookline on January 28, 2015. Beloved husband of Jonatha (Kropp) Ceely. Dear brother of John Paige of Oakland, CA., and the late Richard G. Ceely and his surviving wife, Shirley Ceely of Ann Arbor, MI. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Robert earned an undergraduate degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and an MM degree from Mills College in Oakland, California. In 1955 he was a Tanglewood Fellow. Robert Ceely's music compositions include solo, chamber, and orchestral music, music for tape alone and tape with instruments. In 1963-64 he worked in the Electronic Music Studio in Milan as guest of the Italian Government. He received grants for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ditson Fund, the Massachusetts Arts Council, the Fromm Music Foundation, and others. In 1995 he received an outstanding alumni award from the New England Conservatory. He taught at the Naval School of Music, the Lawrenceville School, Robert College in Istanbul, Emmanuel College, and at the New England Conservatory where he established and directed the Electronic Music Studio and taught composition for over thirty years. To read more about Robert visit A service of remembrance will be held on Friday February 6th at 11:00 AM in the Lucy Stone Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery, 171 Walk Hill St., Jamaica Plain. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the MSPCA, 350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. 02130 or to a Musical Institution of your choice.

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Published in Boston Globe from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2015.
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August 25, 2015
I just recently learned about Bob's passing, with great regret. I studied electronic music with him at NEC, 1983-85, and was inspired by his course, teaching, musical approach, and his humor. So mnay things I do today in music got their start from studying with Bob.
Rick Bassett
April 14, 2015
I will miss the music, which was wonderful.
Gregg Wager
March 2, 2015
Bob Ceely was kind and thoughtful teacher, and more than that, a real support to a young student composer. I truly appreciate his mentorship. He took a very independent approach and gave me free rein, except for once, when I proposed a piece for recorders: "why not write something for the viola, instead!!!". I am happy to have worked with tape splicing, modular synthesis, and early digital with him.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Nick Patterson
February 3, 2015
One of my favorite and best teachers in my life. Knowing him really changed me all for the better. He will live on in his music and in the hearts and minds of his many friend and former students. My condolences to his family and Jonatha in particular.
Christopher Stowens
February 2, 2015
We shall very much miss Bob's presence in exercise class, his wry sense of humor and his no-nonsense manner. Underneath all the bluster was a kind and generous spirit. Our thoughts will be with you, Jonatha.
Janie Chickering
February 2, 2015
Very fond memories of student days and beer in the backyard With Bob.
Love to Jonatha
john Russell
February 1, 2015
Dear Bob - we enjoyed playing your music. Your passing will leave an empty space in our lives as we will very much miss speaking with you every week as we did for years. love to you from Buell and Margaret
January 31, 2015
Bob -your support and emboldened actions showed me there were always choices in the path I followed. Thank you for being a part of my life and I am forever grateful for the faith you had in me.
Paul Beaudoin
January 30, 2015
Very sorry to hear of Robert Ceely's passing. He was a great inspiration to all those who sought to be truly original. My condolences to his family and friends.
Thomas Lawrence Toscano
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