In Memoriam: NAfME Recognizes the Passings of Association Members


The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is notified of deaths of members throughout the year through state music educators associations, family members and other sources. NAfME acknowledges these members for their years of dedication to the profession of music education.


Recent deaths include:

Jim Harmon, the former Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Music Supervisor was active in NAfME and the Virginia Association of Music Education Administrators (VAMEA). He was music supervisor from July, 2000 until his retirement in September, 2012.

Prior to coming to Loudoun County, he was choral director at John Handley High School and taught general music at Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester, Virginia. Harmon also was a member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and had been vice chair of the National Council of Supervisors of Music Education (NCSME).

Harmon was a guest conductor and clinician and held a bachelor of music education degree from Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music, a master’s in music history and literature from George Washington University, certification in administration from George Mason University and had completed additional study in conducting, music history and music education at Shenandoah University.


Albert H. “Al” Frey of Charleston, West Virginia, served more than 30 years as executive secretary/treasurer for the West Virginia Music Educators Association (WVMEA). He was also a past WVMEA president.

He served as band and orchestra director at East Bank High School and Stonewall Jackson High School and as curriculum supervisor of instrumental music for Kanawha County Schools. Since his retirement in 1988, he had remained active in state and local educational and community activities. He served for over and as an adjudicator for numerous festivals in Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

He was a past president of the West Virginia Bandmasters Association, West Virginia Orchestra Association, and the West Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Mu National Bandmasters Fraternity. He was inducted into the WVMEA Music Educators Hall of Fame.

Frey played trumpet and string bass with several well known dance orchestras in the Charleston and Lexington, Kentucky dance orchestras through the 1950s and 1960s.


Sally Monsour was well known for her national and international contributions to the field of music education. She delivered major presentations and served as visiting professor at institutions such as the University of Hawaii and the Conservatory of Music in Sydney, Australia.

She taught general and choral music in the public schools of Winter Park, Florida, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and held faculty positions at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. She concluded her college teaching career at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She was one of the founding professors of Music Education in the School of Music at Georgia State.

Monsour wrote books and articles on various facets of music education and served as a curriculum consultant and workshop clinician for schools and professional associations throughout the country.


Regis V. Shalley of Clairton, Pennsylvania, earned a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati. After directing band for four years at Munhall High School, he became choral director at Baldwin High School, his career lasting 28 years.

Shalley began his professional career as a dance band musician and director of dance and stage bands with the US Army Air Force Special Services. He later served as chairman and conductor of the 432nd Army National Guard Band from 1957-1959.

He was listed in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. Following four years as Supervisor of Instrumental Music and Director of Bands in the Munhall School District, he was a choral director at Baldwin High School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District where he served for 28 years as a choral and was chairman of he served as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department.

He was also a 28-year member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), in which he served terms as Vice President and President and as a member of the Executive Council. He was also a long time member of NAFME and the American Choral Directors Association. He was guest conductor for a PMEA district chorus festival, and performed as a dance band musician for many years.


Linda Lanier-Keosaian, of Hackensack, New Jersey, was a highly respected public school music educator, choral conductor, church organist and choir director.

As a church organist and choir director, she served in both long-term and guest positions. A music teacher and choral conductor in the New Jersey public school system for more than twenty-five years, she spent seventeen of those years at Arts High School in Newark. Her Women’s Choirs were rated “Superior” year after year at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) High School Festivals in New Jersey.

Lanier-Keosaian founded the New Jersey High School Women’s Choir Festival, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Essex County College, and she co-founded the Essex County Choral Festival. In 2010, she presented a paper on the teaching of world drumming at the 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Beijing, China.

She received her Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Westminster Choir College and her Master of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary. At the time of her death, she was in the final stages of the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. studies in Music Education at New York University.


NAfME also acknowledges the deaths of these members:

David A. Burger, 31 years of service, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Thora Cooksey, 63 years, Ashland, Kentucky

Miles Cowdrey, 47 years, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Roland Hinrichs, 67 years, Bellevue, Nebraska

Sherry Howard, 12 years, Vian, Oklahoma.

Connie Kramer, 30 years, Lena, Wisconsin

Joseph W. Lupton, 28 years, Durham North Carolina.

Richard Maynard, 40 years, Manchester, New Hampshire

Nancy McAllister, 43 years, Wilmington, North Carolina

Larry Perkins, 48 years, Colorado Springs, Colorado

James E. Pantle, 41 years, Martinsburg, West Virginia

Michael Pittard, 43 years, Mocksville North Carolina

Rachael R Streich, 5 years, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Chris Robinson, 14 years, Tifton, Georgia

Iris Scarborough, 61 years, Mount Gilead, North Carolina

Julia Spencer, 53 years, Gastonia, North Carolina

Charles Stanley, 47 years, El Paso, Texas

Ralph Verity, 62 years, Savona New York

Johnny Williams, 32 years, Cincinnati, Ohio

Peter Zervakos, 4 years, Alpharetta Georgia


Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, May 17, 2013. © National Association for Music Education

Photo Credits:

Jim Harmon, photo courtesy of Jim Harmon
Al Frey, photo courtesy of the West Virginia Music Educators Association
Linda Lanier-Keosaian, photo courtesy of Peternelle van Arsdale