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Stephen E. Kester

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STEPHEN E. KESTER, 71, passed away on January 17, 2015, in Riverside, California. He was a graduate of Occidental College and taught high school music and science in Orange County for 32 years. Kester was music director and organist at Victoria Presbyterian Church for 17 years, retiring in 2013, and the founder and conductor of the Raincross Chorale for 14 years, until he retired in 2014. From the inception of the Chorale, it was Steve's dream to provide vocal scholarships for promising college music majors. The proceeds from the Chorale's concerts have supported more than 35 music scholarships. In 2012, Steve received the Riverside City Council's Arts and Innovation Award for his dedicated work with the Chorale. The Chorale is deeply indebted to Steve for his vision and leadership; he will be greatly missed. He was also a member of the Riverside Opera Guild. He is survived by his cousins Raylin Bassler and Deanne Zimpelmann and his partner of 21 years, John Moore. A memorial service will be at 10 A.M., Sat., Jan. 31, 2015, at Victoria Presbyterian Church, 6091 Victoria Ave., Riverside, 92506. Memorial contributions may be made to The Chorale.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2015
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