Rosemary Collins, Singer and Choir Director, Dies at 51
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Rosemary Collins’s classical voice coaching got here by way of clearly when she sang arias. However she was simply as snug belting out Meat Loaf, numbers from “Les Misérables” and “all these huge ‘80s energy ballads,” her husband, Stan Collins, mentioned.
Mrs. Collins beloved bringing completely different genres collectively in her packages on the church the place she was music director and within the Florida faculties the place she taught music. “She had a really eclectic fashion,” Mr. Collins mentioned. “However she knew tips on how to throw down.” She might even yodel.
Mrs. Collins died on Dec. 22 at a hospital in Clearwater, Fla., close to her house in Palm Harbor. She was 51. The trigger was problems of the coronavirus; she died only a few days after experiencing signs of Covid-19, her husband mentioned.
Rosemary Caldwell was born on April 9, 1969, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Her mom, Sidney (Lindsey) Caldwell, was a math instructor and her father, Richard Caldwell was an environmental scientist. She graduated from Countryside Excessive College in 1986, and earned a Bachelor of Music diploma in vocal efficiency in 1991 from the College of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and a Grasp of Music diploma in vocal efficiency from Southeastern Louisiana College in Hammond two years later.
She met Mr. Collins of their school jazz choir they usually married in 1993.
Mrs. Collins taught music for practically twenty years within the Pinellas County Faculties, most just lately because the director of choral actions at Clearwater Excessive College. “That job meant the whole lot to her,” Mr. Collins mentioned. “She had such a ardour for youths and public training.”
She was additionally the director of music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater. The Rev. Andrew Walton, the pastor, mentioned Mrs. Collins raised the bar on all issues musical over her two-year tenure, incorporating well-liked tunes into the choral program and bringing in visitor musicians.
“Her boundary between secular and sacred was fairly foggy, which matches mine,” he mentioned, recalling that he was led to slip the Beatles into his sermons because of her.
Her function put Mrs. Collins within the social middle of the church, as nicely. “I’d enterprise to say there are 100 individuals proper now speaking about their finest pal Rosemary,” he mentioned just a few days after she died.
Along with Mr. Collins, Mrs. Collins is survived by her mom; two daughters, Lindsey, 21, and Griffin, 18; her sister, Ann Caldwell Adair and brother, Richard Allen Caldwell. Her kids are each lively in music; Lindsey Collins is a voice main at Florida State College in Tallahassee.
“She sounds identical to her mom when she sings,” Mr. Collins mentioned. “That retains her with me.”
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