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FLUMMERFELT--Joseph. The New York Philharmonic mourns the passing, on March 1, of Joseph Flummerfelt, who prepared choruses for the Orchestra from 1971 to 2016. With Westminster Choir College choruses and the New York Choral Artists, he collaborated in almost 600 Philharmonic performances. Among the most memorable were the memorial concert featuring Brahms's 'A German Requiem' soon after 9/11, and, in 2002, the World Premiere of John Adams's 'On the Transmigration of Souls' in memory of the victims of those attacks. Many of these performances live on in recordings, including the multiple-Grammy-winning release of the Adams. Dr. Flummerfelt conducted the Orchestra in Haydn's 'Creation' and the World Premiere of Stephen Paulus's 'Voices of Light.' The Philharmonic extends deepest condolences to his family and to the many choristers, musicians, and conductors whom he inspired.

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Published in New York Times on Mar. 5, 2019.
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April 17, 2019
Dear Joe,

So many musical memories that were shared with you. You will live on in the wonderful recordings you conducted.

Bless you and your family.
Sandra Davis
March 16, 2019
Prayers for the family.
Veronica Russo
March 15, 2019
Joseph Flummerfelt occupied the office next to mine for 35 years. A musician of greatness and a man of integrity and humanity. He may have been Conductor of the Year, but he was a Human Being of Grace (in both senses), Humanity, and Saintliness for the Ages. I don't cry, but I made an exception.
Liam Allan-Dalgleish
March 14, 2019
The music world has lost a magical soul ...the heavens have gained a glorious soul...may we all reunite one day in the Heavenly Choir, led by Dr. Flummerfelt, of course.
My heartfelt condolences and prayers to his dear family at the sorrowful time of loss.
Melanie Mollo
March 7, 2019
So sorry to hear the news about my good, good friend, Condolences to the family. Joe and I grew up together. Great days!
scott beard
March 5, 2019
I had the privilege of working closely with Joe as his accompanist. It was a beautiful experience to make music under his direction and I am grateful that I was able to accompany him during his final years at WCC. He always listened to the piano during rehearsals and acknowledged what I was doing. We enjoyed many pasta suppers, cooked by my husband Jo, in our house after Westminster Choir rehearsals. My sympathy to you, Pam, Carol, and Kent on the loss of your brother.
Nancianne Parrella
March 5, 2019
To the family of Joseph Flumerfelt, so sorry for your loss. May God's promise found in John 6:40, of the hope to see our loved ones again, comfort your heart and give you peace, strength, and hope in the days ahead.
March 5, 2019
Joseph Flummerfelt was a profound musician, powerful conductor, influential teacher, thinker, philosopher, leader, and guide to thousands of musicians and listeners. Studying and singing with him were utterly life-changing. A giant in the art of music, he touched thousands and his legacy through the people who studied and sang with him reaches millions.
Kirin Nielsen
March 5, 2019
To the family of Joseph Flummerfelt. Very sorry for your loss. May you have underserved kindness and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3; JF
March 5, 2019
Oliver Hoig
March 5, 2019
May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, dearest friend.
Love always,
Jacqueline Pierce
March 5, 2019
He was an inspiration to so many. He was my true inspiration to become a singer. He helped me find my voice. What a beautiful human being....
Trish Conover
March 5, 2019
A great conductor and teacher. The world of music has lost a great champion.
March 5, 2019
He invoked the Spirit of music in every rehearsal and performance. He changed my life and has been with me every time I make music. He was the nexus of a group of friends that I treasure.
Craig Denison
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