Dr. William Chandler Teague
1922 - 2020
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Dr. William Chandler Teague

Shreveport - William Chandler Teague, 97, died Saturday, June 27, 2020. Dr. Teague is survived by a son, Chandler Teague and wife, Janis Adams Teague of Shreveport, Louisiana; a daughter, Lynda Gayle Teague Deacon of Memphis, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Sandra Deacon, Clay Deacon and Hunter Deacon; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 77 years, Lucille Ridinger Teague; his brothers, Abner Franklin Teague and Carl Edward Teague and his parents, John Abner Teague and Martha Chandler Teague. Dr. Teague was born on July 8, 1922 in Gainesville, Texas, where he began musical training at age three with his mother. At age 12 he became the church organist for a large methodist church. As a young teenager he studied organ in Dallas and entered SMU at age 16. His studies were interrupted when Dr. Alexander McCurdy sent for him to come study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His studies at Curtis were interrupted by World War II. He joined the Army Air Force as a Chaplain's Assistant. He returned to Curtis after the war to study and serve as McCurdy's assistant, playing for the weekly Sunday oratorio performances. Accompanying Teague to Philadelphia was his young bride, Lucille, whom he had married during the war. They had met at a methodist camp when they were 12 years old and became great friends and later sweethearts.

After graduation from Curtis in 1948, Teague came to Shreveport, Louisiana, to accept the position of organist/choirmaster at St. Mark's Episcopal Church (now the location of The Church of the Holy Cross) and a teaching position at Centenary College of Louisiana in the organ and sacred music departments. He taught for 44 years earning the rank of full professor during his tenure. He was later designated Professor of Music Emeritus at the college. Centenary College granted him an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts. He served as accompanist as he and Lucille traveled with the Centenary College Choir to various countries including China for one of the very first cultural missions allowed in that country. He served St. Mark's Cathedral for 39 years before being designated Organist Emeritus. During these decades, he maintained an active concert career, performing in such venues as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Westminster Abbey, Trinity Church Wall Street, the Riverside Church in New York, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and the armed forces academies. He was invited to play behind the Iron Curtain with concerts in East Berlin, Poland and other countries. He and Lucille were in East Berlin at the Wall when the first blows were struck to tear it down. During those many tours, Lucille turned thousands of pages of music and pulled countless stops. These tours took them to Japan, Australia, all over the United States and Europe and to North Africa. In addition to the solo organ concerts, Bill joined his son, Chan, in presenting music for organ and percussion in concerts across the United States.

Following his retirement from St. Mark's, Teague was Interim Organist for churches throughout the region, making many new and lasting friends.

Dr. Teague's teachers include Professor Dora Poteet Barclay, Dr. Alexander McCurdy, Mme. Marie Claire Alain, Harold Gleason and Catharine Crozier.

One of the legends about Bill Teague is that anywhere they went, he and Lucille were likely to run into a friend who would walk around the corner and shout, "Good heavens, there's Uncle Billy," as he was known in the organ world, a nickname given to him by Roy Perry of Kilgore, Texas, a giant in the organ world.

Dr. Teague was active in the American Guild of Organists, Association of Anglican Musicians, The Sewanee Music Conference and the Evergreen Summer Conference. He was a Fellow in Church Music at the Washington National Cathedral. For ten summers Teague was the summer organist at St. Ann's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine. He was a founding member of The Baroque Artists of Shreveport, founded The Great Masterpiece Series at St. Mark's Cathedral, recorded a weekly organ concert for radio broadcast for eight years, trained thousands of choristers to love and respect the beautiful liturgy and tradition of Anglican music and played for hundreds of weddings, funerals and festivals. During his long career Teague recorded much of the great organ literature including Dupré's "Stations of the Cross", Messiaen's "Serene Alleluias" and Healey Willan's "Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue". In 1988, the City of Shreveport honored him with William C. Teague Day and the Teague Music Scholarship was established at Centenary College. The Teague-Smith Scholarship Fund for young choristers was later established at St. Mark's Cathedral.

Teague is listed in numerous volumes of Who's Who including the International Who's Who and was recently honored by the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival.

A combined service for Dr. and Mrs. Teague will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorials may be made to the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, 616 Jordan St., Shreveport, LA 71101 or the Teague-Smith Scholarship Fund at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 908 Rutherford, St., Shreveport, LA 71104 or the Teague Music Scholarship Fund at Centenary College, 2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, LA 71104.

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July 11, 2020
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July 11, 2020
During the 25 years I spent in Shreveport as a bassoonist and recorder player, starting in 1978, Bill Teague was a near-constant colleague and inspiration as a performing musician and fellow educator at Centenary Colleges School of Music, and at St. Marks Cathedral, where I heard him and his choirs perform regularly. He, baritone William Riley (then also at Centenary) and I soon came up with the idea of starting the Baroque Artists of Shreveport and Bill was essential in helping us start and maintain the ensemble for many years.

More than a musician, Bill was a friend, a gentle mentor at times, and even taught me a little bit of gentle Southern diplomacy after this ambitious Yankee dropped himself into Shreveports artistic milieu. He was also a never-ending font of fun stories about his life as a musician and teacher. I missed him after leaving Louisiana and Im sure his friends, colleagues and extended family will miss him even more now.

My deep-felt condolences go, especially, to Chandler and Janice Teague, also musical colleagues, and to Lynda Gayle who I got to know during her visits to see her father. Trying to sum up a life as rich as William Teagues is difficult, so Ill just finish by saying that he made a BIG difference to the world of music, to Centenary College and his students, and to the community of Shreveport -- always the loving home he and Lucille returned to after traveling around the country and the globe.
Andrew Brandt
July 5, 2020
The Final Salute

Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged Hand Salutes as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This Hand Salute is the last that we shall render to William (Bill) Chandler Teague our Brother-in-Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Bill. To Bill it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II while serving as a Chaplains Assistant playing the organ at military church services in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Bill, we commend you for your honorable military service, your outstanding achievements as a church organist and your distinguished service in the Centenary College Music Department. You are a true patriot, who provided a lifetime of service in the field of music with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 881 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport and the 227 veterans of VFW Post 4588 in Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Bills family and loved ones.

Sean Armstrong, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588-
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71112
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
Carroll R. Michaud
Served In Military Together
July 4, 2020
I arrived in Fort Worth in 1950 to spend my whole career teaching organ at TCU. One of the first friends was Bill Teague whom I met in Dallas after I heard him play an unforgettably splendid recital. He was a friend to thousands, including me. He had a wonderful life.

Emmet G. Smith
Dr. Emmet G. Smith
July 4, 2020
Janis and Chan,
Sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a sweet man. I know he will surely be loved and missed. Keeping you all in my prayers!
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Francis Fowler
July 4, 2020
What a life you had my sweet Uncle Billy. We were so blessed to have you and Lucille in our lives. All our Thanksgivings together were a treasure. So special our families were always together through music and holidays. Loved sharing the same birthday. I know yall are all up there making music together.
Xoxo, Norma
Norma Fisher Killgore
July 4, 2020
Lynda, Chan and family,
I hope the lovely memories of both of your parents carry you through this day.
Evangeline D. Phelan
evangeline phelan
July 4, 2020
When I was a young organist, Mr. Teague would often take me to lunch just to find out how I was doing. He would always leave me with words of encouragement and nuggets of wisdom about a career in church music. 30 years later, I often look back on those meetings and feel so grateful for the chance to call Mr. Teague my mentor and my friend. He will be greatly missed.
Brook Boddie
July 3, 2020
r Teague was my first choir director and he set a high bar for my life. In 1983, my choir was on a tour of the British Isles. I found we were one day behind Bill when we sang at Coventry. He had played an organ recital the day before.
Mary T McGuire
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