Ned B Crislip

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Ned B Crislip

June 11, 1938 - November 11, 2018

Ned B Crislip Ned Bennett Crislip, born June 11, 1938 in Rock Creek, Ohio; died November 1, 2018, at home in Pennington, New Jersey. Ned was the youngest of six children born of James C. Crislip and Vada B. Bennett. Preceding him in death was a daughter, Noel Crislip, in 1963 and son, Steven Vint Crislip in 1996, as well as siblings, James B. Crislip, Jack D. Crislip, Marilyn Irene (Crislip) Petersen-Mullett, and Gene D. Crislip, all of Northeastern Ohio. Survivors are wife, Joyce Carole Crislip, daughter, Julia Carole Crislip, grandchildren, Amelia Claire Crislip and Yoko Anna Crislip, all of Pennington, New Jersey. Also Beverly B. (Crislip) Speer, Chardon, Ohio.

Ned and his wife, Joyce Carole Vint were married in Orange, New Jersey, November 10, 1962. Throughout their nearly 56 years of married life, Ned and Joyce were very much involved with rearing their children and providing them with a comfortable homes. They restored/remodeled four historic houses, the third being their home in Queensbury, New York, which they operated as a Bed & Breakfast for 20 years. Other hobbies that he shared with Joyce, were gardening and the appreciation of antique furnishings.

In 1983, Ned was a co-founder of The Christlieb-Chrislip-Crislip Family Association. For 30 years, he was the editor of the family associations award-winning newsletter, Jacobs Ladder. An avid genealogist, he published privately, three in-depth studies relating to his maternal and fraternal forbears. He was especially proud of the numerous Jewish lines that that contributed to his lineage.

From age nine years until he graduated from Rock Creek High School, he studied piano under the tutelage of Fannie M. Loomis in Jefferson. After graduating from Rock Creek High School in 1956, he entered Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Berea, Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in organ. In 1961, he received a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, again with organ as his principal instrument. Further graduate work was at the University of Miami in Florida, where he studied voice and was a member of the voice faculty.

A vocal music teacher for 37 years, Ned was musical director for 22 musical productions, which, in addition to all aspects of vocal preparation, he prepared and conducted the orchestras. Some of the shows were South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Once Upon a Mattress, Dames at Sea, Damn Yankees, Mame, Lil Abner, Anything Goes, and Oliver. The last musical at Queensbury High School was The Sound of Music, accompanied by a 35 piece orchestra of professional and student musicians.

In addition to the usual spring concerts, he presented public performances of extended choral works accompanied by orchestra and/or organ - works such as Faures Requiem, Brittons Rejoice in the Lamb, Durufl├ęs Requiem, Johann Sebastian Bachs Magnificat and Charpentiers Misse de Minuit pour Noel, plus various Mozart Misse Brevi and Bach cantatas. Distinguished organists for these occasions were Marilyn S. Dean, Glens Falls, New York and Dr. John A. Davis, organist and choirmaster, West Point Academy.

The Queensbury High School Madrigal Singers, which he established in 1979, presented concerts in the British Isles and in Germany. In 1998, which was his final and 36th year in Music Education, the extended choral works that year were John Rutters Requiem and Benjamin Brittons Rejoice in the Lamb. Additionally, Queensbury High School Madrigal Singers performed, by invitation, Johann Sebastian Bachs five-part a cappella motet, Jesu Meine Freude in the original German, on the chancel steps of the Washington National Cathedral. Also in that last year, Queensbury High Schools highest-ranking choristers formed the second chorus of Bachs St. Matthew Passion, which was presented by Glens Falls Symphony, under the direction of Hugh Allen Wilson, in Glens Falls, New York.

Throughout his career, in addition to his work as a music educator, Ned was involved in church music, as organist and choir director. For a time, he was organist at Pennington United Methodist Church. In 1996, he was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music for his outstanding contribution to the field of Music Education. In 2006, Ned was recognized as one of twelve Distinguished Alumni from Baldwin Wallaces Class of 1960.

Interment will be at Pine View Cemetery in Queensbury, NY. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Pennington First Aid Squad 110 Broemel Place, Pennington, NJ 08534
Published on November 8, 2018
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