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Don sent a lot of interesting pictures to document his life.
The captions are in his own words.  He is a humorous guy.
 
Don you requested a Jo Stafford tune. How's this?
 
 
 
 
 
THE OKLAHOMA YEARS
 
 
Little Donnie Bruce, age 4, in his Rhythm uniform.
 
 
Donnie Bruce all grown up as, the ah-hum CONDUCTOR.
 Yep I'm the one in the middle.
 
The seeds were planted early in Mrs. Springer's Kindergarten Rhythm Band of Chickasha, Oklahoma
Donnie (left) with
 brother Bill who
died of polio in 1948.
Me pretending to be a horseman with Bill. Attu and Liska were mother and daughter.
 
I am the one ON the horse!
Bill, sister Ginny
and Donnie.
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE KANSAS CITY YEARS
 
 
Who is this guy?
Don't you love the hair?
 
Me'n my Dad - 1951
 
 
 
 
Mom and Dad. I'm giving them a driving lesson in 1953.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE SOUTHEAST YEARS
 
 
Don at the piano accompanying the Girls Octet
 
Les Chevaliers Party 1954 graduates on church steps
 
The French Club -- Les Chevaliers
 
 
 
 
 
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Music Ratings Given
Honor Outstanding Students
In State Contest at Columbia
   Southeast placed second in the Class A state contest at Columbia, April 30. The Missouri high school music contestants were scored with I, II, or III ratings. Southeast had thirteen I ratings and eleven II's
   Those receiving a rating of I in the contest were: Marcia Crossley, cello; Don Teeters and Sue Harris, piano; David Crowley, oboe; Fred Hearn, tenor saxophone; Larry Meadows, clarinet; Jim Averill, cornet; Steve Johnson, trombone; Sylvia Flannery, girls' high voice; Ed Steiner, boys' low voice; clarinet quartet─Shannon Jones, Jim Bloss, Bud Crosby, and Gerry Dewar; girls' quartet─Jean Dawson, Sylvia Flannery, Martha Blom, and Jean Nilson.
   Number II ratings were given the following: Dennis Rendina, violin; trombone quartet─Douglas Ayers, Steve Johnson, Charles Stotts, and Charles Brown; Bud Crosby, clarinet; Don Niebergall, alto saxophone; Dick Halliburton, cornet; Douglas Ayers, trombone; Marilyn Johnson, girls' low voice; Gary Walton and Ralph Mills, boys' low voice; Douglas Mattenlee, boy's medium voice; Julie Thompson and Marnell Higley, high voice.
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CLUB ACTIVITIES
  Presiding over Les Chevaliers French Club are Yvonne L'Hommedieu, president; Pat Hunter, vice-president; Don Teeters, treasurer; David Ritsch, Sgt-at-arms; Sandra Steele, Round Table representative; Carolyn Needles, Tower reporter.
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Knightlites and Assembly
Acts Entertain Centralites
In An Exchange Program
   Don Teeters led Shannon Jones, Ralph Mills, Gary Miller, and Dave Crowley in the comical version of C'est Si Bon.
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Markley Leads Annual
Church Music Festival
   Ben E. Markley led the combined choir of twenty Independence congregations at the ninth annual Church Music Festival, May 2, at Independence. The program was sponsored by the Independence Ministerial alliance in co-operation with the Independence Community Music Association.
   A 100-voice children's choir furnished two selections, accompanied by the Independence Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Franklyn Weddle.
   Charles H. Watson sang two solos and a dramatic reading: "Renascence" was given by Austin Edwards of William Jewell College.  Many hymns were also sung.
   Members of the Southeast choir assisting in the presentation were: Jeanne Nilson, Sandra Ruhl, Ralph Mills, and Don Teeters.
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All of these articles came from issues

of the Tower published our senior year.

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Embarrassing Moment!
An email exchange between Don and Shannon Jones
 
Embarrassments?
 
How about one rehearsal of the a cappella choir when Ben Markley was away and I, in all my temporary glory, was his sub, trying with due diligence to get this rowdy group to make music together
 
I think it was either Crawford or Mills who first noticed that my fly was unzipped. “Hey teacher,” one of them said, in mock deference to my appointed role, "Better shut the barn door before the horse gets out!"
 
Ever since, the last thing I do before walking on stage or into a rehearsal hall is to check to be sure the “horse” is in its proper stall!
 
Don
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE BOSTON YEARS
 
 
IMAGES OF DON
 
My girl friend Barbara and me acting demure in one of those coin-operated booths.
 
 
Studio Portrait - 1960
 
I hardly remember this guy. Pretty sensuous lips though.
 
 
I had them surgically removed later.
 
 
Me surrounded by church ladies in 1967.
I'm the one in the middle with jacket too short, not to say too ugly and pants too tight.
 
Seated at my mighty organ.  First church job in Boston - 1957
Driving back from "Flower Power" San Francisco - 1967
 
 
Sunning in the Virgin Islands --- Ahhhhhh!
 
 
 
 
 
 
SABBATICAL YEAR ABROAD
 
 
In my rental Mews House near Baker Street surrounded by hideous art works created by my landlord.  Removing them was NOT an option.
 
 
There are not many photographs of me with a cigarette.  And that  is unusual because I smoked for 30 years (until 1984) at the rate of 3 packs a day.
 
My lungs are fine now though. .
Go figure.  God is good
 
1976-77
 
Amsterdam the morning after too little sleep and too many adult beverages.
 
Mallorica - 1977 - with English friends. Not a bad tan, huh?
 
 
 
 
 
 
BACK IN BOSTON
 
 
Wedding feast - 1978.  Not my own ... thank you very much!
Fill 'er up, pal!
 
 
MY CAREER
 
As to career: I have been conductor of The Boston Cecilia since 1968; and music director-organist at All Saints (Episcopal) Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts, since 1967; and was a member of the organ department faculty at New England Conservatory from 1970 to 2002.
 
Retirement? Not on my agenda!
 
 
Recent post-concert photo with a ... hmmmmm ... good friend.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reviews of Past Performances
From the Cecila Press
 
Brahms Requiem (2003): “Donald Teeters's Boston Cecilia presented a moving evening of Brahms...The collaborating choruses and orchestra performed with buoyant fervor, rising to the challenge of Teeters's broad, spacious tempos, and helped immeasurably by his clarity of textures and rhythmic incisiveness.”
Lloyd Schwarz, The Boston Phoenix, March 28, 2003
 
Brahms Requiem (2003): “...lucid, transparent, flowing, and deeply felt performance”
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe, March 19, 2003
 
Brahms Requiem (2003): “...wildly successful concert... The audience knew they had witnessed something great, and were proud, too; the performers were awarded a five minute standing ovation.”
Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Bay Windows, March 20, 2003
 
Italian Handel (2002): “Handel's influence felt by superb Cecilia”
Ellen Pfeifer, The Boston Globe, Nov 10, 2002
 
Purcell (2002): “Even before the first notes sounded, the Boston Cecilia had a lot going for it Sunday afternoon.”
Richard Buell, The Boston Globe, April 10, 2002
 
Samson (2001): “[Teeters] cast all inhibition aside to explore the farthest emotional reaches of this all-embracing music.”
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
 
Samson (2001): “Teeters was at the top of his form, conducting the superb orchestra with unflagging energy...even a little twinkle.”
Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix, Oct 26, 2001
 
Messiah (2000): “Teeters did not shy away from blood and guts vehemence...his performance stressed the dramatic contrasts...the ensemble sang with fervor...a terrific orchestra”
Ellen Pfeifer, The Boston Globe
 
Deborah (1998): “the chorus sang with impressive accuracy, confidence, enthusiasm, and imagination, and the orchestra played with stylistic assurance”
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
 
Best Classical Music of 1998: Best Oratorio/Classical Music Performance of 1998 - “In a city of first-class choruses it is hard to pick a single winner, but the Boston Cecilia’s performance of Handel’s Deborah under Donald Teeters was one of the proudest moments in its ongoing Handel survey...”
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
 
Joseph and his Brethren (1997): “The Cecilia chorus sang with fire and gusto, inspired by the stellar period-instrument orchestra... His [Teeters’] passionate advocacy animated this neglected masterpiece. This performance was a wonderful gift to us - and to Handel.”
Lloyd Schwarz, The Boston Herald
 
Boston is one of America’s great centers of choral music. The annual Handel oratorio performance by the Boston Cecilia under the direction of Donald Teeters, who is celebrating his 30th anniversary as music director, is one of the things that keeps it that way.”
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
 
Joseph and his Brethren (1997): “...the combined chorus, orchestra, and soloists gave it a distinguished performance.”
Michael Manning, The Boston Globe
 
“(The performance was) remarkable for Teeters’ assured execution and profound penetration of the work, for the handsome singing of the chorus and for an ensemble of soloists, impressive for its musical, stylistic and expressive excellence.”
Ellen Pfeifer, The Boston Herald
 
“It is safe to say that, during Teeters’ tenure, the Boston Cecilia has never given a careless or carelessly prepared concert.”
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
 
“The Handel series has brought out new qualities in Cecilia music director Donald Teeters; the performance had the clarity and balance one expected, but also the weight, density and sense of destiny that suffuse this great music.”
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
 
Joshua (1995): “Teeters conducted with magisterial authority and wonderful passion”
Ellen Pfeifer, The Boston Herald
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
See the entire 55th Reunion multimedia presentation
It is listed on the Home menu
 
 
Don at Montana Mile's Steak House
Doing the Do-Wop Quiz Don with Sharon (Ducate) Bedinger
Don knows this music too! and Shirley (Ducate) Hoffman
Waiting to be leave for the show.   Don and Nanette (Preston) Hutton on the Branson Belle Showboat
Riding the Branson Railroad train with Bev and Shannon Jones
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012 News from Don - Retirement
From a June 4, 2012 email between Don and Carol (Dietz) Tefft and Shannon Jones
 
 
Don at his Boston home.
 
 
Big news from here: I am now the soon-to-be conductor emeritus of The Boston Cecilia. Decision to step down entirely my own.
 
Forty-four years in one position is long enough, don't you think? Gradually over the next two or three years I will free myself of my other Boston obligations--New England Conservatory, church, etc.
 
And then if I'm still ambulatory, I'll start a new career--perhaps driving a fire truck or as a baseball umpire. Or not :-)
 
See below for a report on my last concert with Cecilia.
 
Don
 
 
 
 
 
 
After 44 years, Teeters bids farewell to Boston Cecilia
(excerpts of an article) by Jeremy Eichler
 
 
Members of Boston Cecilia and concertgoers
show their appreciation for conductor Donald Teeters Friday night.
 
CAMBRIDGE — “I like the idea of going out on a quiet note,” Donald Teeters told the Globe last fall. “There probably won’t be a very big crowd there. It’ll be kind of an intimate occasion.”
 
Well, yes and no
 
Teeters had been looking ahead to his final concert as music director of the Boston Cecilia, a program that took place on Friday night at First Church in Cambridge. It’s true he did not perform a grand Handel oratorio of the type he became renowned for leading over the course of his 44-year tenure. And true, there was an intimacy to Friday’s singing as delivered through supple and elegant performances. But if Teeters thought he might slip away into the Cambridge night without much fanfare, he was quite mistaken. A large crowd filed into First Church on Friday night, dotted with Boston music professionals, there to honor Teeters’s decades of achievement as a leading light of the city’s choral world. At the end of the evening, after these fine singers had received their due, the crowd showered Teeters with a prolonged and grateful ovation.
 
Throughout the night, Teeters led eloquent, well-prepared performances with a graceful yet completely unflashy style. Barbara Bruns and Carolyn Day Skelton were the capable pianists. Looking ahead to next season, three guest conductors — Dan Perkins, Amy Lieberman, and Nicholas White — will come to lead performances. One of the three will then be chosen as Cecilia’s next music director.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Maestro Has Left the Podium
 
 
 
 
August 2014 we received an email with this article.
Don had passed away.
 
 
 
Remembering Donald Teeters (1936-2014)
by - August 16, 2014
 
 
 
The recent, very unexpected death of Donald Teeters fills me with profound sadness.
 
Former Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, former Music Director of All Saints Parish, Brookline, and current Professor of Music at the New England Conservatory,  Donald apparently died of heart disease just shy of his 78th birthday which we were  to celebrate  --- as we do annually on September  2nd --- with a lobster dinner in my home in Gloucester. 
 
Donald was a mentor extraordinaire, teaching hundreds of students at the conservatory and coaching countless singers and instrumentalists. One of his many passions was to seek out young, highly gifted musicians, and give them a chance on the Boston stages such as Jordan Hall or Sanders Theatre.
 
Donald was eclectic in his musical tastes. From Bach to Britten, to Tavener, he loved it all!! And G. F. Handel—I have lost track of the number of Handel oratorios that delighted Boston audiences under Donald’s baton with The Boston Cecilia. He was constantly studying new scores and premiering new works. Most memorable for me were works by Boston composers such as Daniel Pinkham, Scott Wheeler, John Harbison, Donald Martino, James Woodman, and Nicholas White (who succeeded Donald as Music Director of The Boston Cecilia).
 
On June 8th Donald had just been honored for 47 years of service at All Saints Parish.
 
He was more than a musician there. Through times of difficulty and times of great joy or sadness, he was there—reliable, steady, guiding, comforting, teaching, playing the organ, planning beautiful liturgies, and conducting one of the finest church choirs in the Boston area. He was a true minister to all.
 
Following his recent retirement from All Saints Parish, Brookline and The Boston Cecilia, Donald had begun a new and vibrant life. He had been looking forward to serving on the Executive Committee of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, teaching at the New England Conservatory, writing reviews of local classical music performances, and working with the new group Opera Brittenica, for whom he conducted The Burning Fiery Furnace in early May.
 
 
Recently he returned from a trip to Prague, where he had visited the monuments and graves of Dvorak, Smetana, and many other Czech luminaries. His latest communication was a-glow with excitement. All who knew Donald are in shock that he has departed this life so abruptly. His family is planning a memorial service for sometime this fall at All Saints Parish in Brookline where his ashes will be interred. The date and time has not yet been determined
 
What will I miss the most about the man who gave me my opportunity as a 23 year-old grad student at NEC to become his assistant for the then Cecilia Society? His quick wit, his off-the-charts enthusiasm, his superb culinary skills, his sage advice, and conversations that were so engaging they never seemed to end. Donald’s life of kindness, of beauty, and of generosity will be reflected in the tears of all of us who mourn the loss of a life well-lived and well-loved
 
Barbara Bruns is Associate Conductor of the Boston Cecilia
B and Minister of Music at Christ Church, Andover.
 
 
 
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