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Michele M. (Menard) Holt

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Michele M. (Menard) Holt Obituary
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Michele M. Holt, DMA, on July 6, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. Michele developed a deep and lasting passion for music in all its forms at a very early age. For Michele, encouraging, nurturing, loving, and mentoring people was of the utmost importance and she accomplished that through music education. Although her accolades are numerous, it was her enthusiasm, determination and passion that made her both larger than life, and so very dear to so many.
Having recently retired, Michele was a professor and Coordinator of Music Education at her alma mater, University of Rhode Island. She was on the Graduate Choral Conducting and Music Education faculty at Gordon College and Executive Director of Massachusetts Music Educators Association. She also served as both the Eastern Division and National President for the American Choral Directors association. Michele's dedication to music, care for her students and colleagues, and her deep passion for the highest level of professional development for all music educators are hallmarks of her life.
As a member of the Apponaug Harbor Yacht Club, Michele loved sailing and spent her summers with Barry and friends enjoying the coastal waters of New England. All of us who have been touched by Michele will carry her memory in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her husband Barry, their 2 children: Melissa Reynolds and Mathew Holt, his wife Kelly, grandchildren Grace and Dylan Reynolds, her mother Anna Sunness and sisters Christy and Susan Menard.
A memorial service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston, RI 02920, on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Michele Holt Music Educators Scholarship: www.gofundme.com/5l5damw.
Published in The Providence Journal on July 11, 2018
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