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Larry Doebler to Retire from Ithaca College School of Music

 ITHACA, NY — Larry Doebler — who has led choral groups from the Ithaca College School of Music for three and a half decades — will retire at the end of the 2012–13 academic year. He and his wife Patty plan to relocate to North Carolina.

“Since joining the School of Music faculty in 1978, Larry has raised the stature of the College’s choral program into a nationally recognized department through his steady and endlessly musical leadership,” said Gregory Woodward, dean of the music school. “Larry has changed the lives of thousands of music majors through his patient, reflective and dedicated music making, and touched tens of thousands of listeners with the ability to convey the special meaning and joy of choral music to his students.”

Since arriving at Ithaca College in 1978, Doebler has conducted countless spring break tours that have taken School of Music vocal ensembles throughout the United States and to Ireland. Under his direction, School of Music vocal ensembles have performed at venues in Ithaca and surrounding areas as well as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In addition to his work with the School of Music, Doebler has served as music director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble and at churches in the Ithaca area.

For more information, contact Molly O’Shea Polk, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at or (607) 274-3370.