A Service of Music and Remembrance for Dr. Earl F. Groner Jr. of Scarsdale, who died July 6, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe. The Rev. Jason Radmacher will officiate, and musical tributes will be presented by friends and colleagues of Dr. Groner as well as the Asbury Choir.
Dr. Groner and a member of the music department faculty of the Scarsdale Public Schools where for 35 years he taught strings and orchestra. This completed a 45-year career as an active music educator. He is a past president of the New York State School Music Association, a past president of the Westchester County School Music Association, and a past president of the Eastern Division of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. For two years, he served as chair of the University of Michigan School of Music Alumni Board of Governors and he is a past president of the University of Michigan Club of Westchester.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Michigan, he received his master’s of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and his doctorate in education from Drew University. His doctoral dissertation focused on conductor Charles Munch. For two summers, he was a Tanglewood Fellow performing in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, often conducted by Charles Munch, then music director and conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Groner was elected to both Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music fraternities. At the time of his death, he was 83 and working on a manuscript about the history of the Tanglewood Music Center.
Dr. Groner played bass trombone in the 7th U.S. Army Symphony Orchestra based in Stuttgart, Germany, and for two seasons he performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Orchestral Association. He served as music director of Empire State Concert Productions, and for five years he was appointed the educational outreach specialist and consultant to “Live from Lincoln Center” based in New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He was a member of Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church in Tuckahoe, and was chairman of its music and worship committee.
Dr. Groner is survived by a brother, James B. Groner of Norwood, Pennsylvania; a niece, Dr. Rachael Groner of Glenside, Pennsylvania; and a nephew, Andrew J. Groner of Trumansburg, New York.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the free community concert series that he co-founded in 2014 — Music at Asbury, 167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe, NY 10707; musicaatasbury.com.