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NEW ALBANY - McMahel, Donald E., 82, passed away Thursday morning, January 10, 2013 at his residence.

He received his master's degree from the Indiana University School of Music and was Principal Clarinetist with the IU Symphonic Band, the IU Philharmonic Orchestra and IU Opera Orchestra.

He worked for the New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation from 1959 until 1993, where he taught band at Hazelwood Junior High, several elementary schools and music theory at NAHS. He performed professionally with the Louisville Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, Kentucky Opera and local jazz bands. He and Rubin Sher co-founded and co-directed the Southern Indiana Orchestra and the Floyd County Youth Symphony.

In 1963 he became Indiana University Southeast's first music instructor. In 1997, he and James Poteet, a former student of his, started the IU Southeast Concert Band. In 1998, Don became Director and continued in that role until his death. He received the Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award for teaching in 1975; the Lifetime Arts Achievement Award from the Arts Council of Southern Indiana in 2005; and in October, he was the recipient of the 2012 Chancellor's Medallion Award from Indiana University Southeast.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth (Hadley) McMahel ; his daughter, Donna McMahel Klinglesmith (Robert); and his granddaughter, Ren e McMahel Lynch, all of New Albany. He was preceded in death by his son Brian K. McMahel in 2004.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Market St. Chapel of Seabrook, Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Homes. (1119 E. Market St., New Albany). His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Market Street Chapel. Private burial will be in Kraft Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany.

Expressions of sympathy to: IUS Foundation/ Concert Band , Hosparus of Southern Indiana, or the NAFC Animal Rescue League.


Published in The Courier-Journal on Jan. 12, 2013
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