February 18, 1970 – February 2, 2018
The CAB family was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of beloved tenor Dan Boyer. We feature him as our first Artist of the Month to honor his memory and celebrate an extraordinary life of music-making.
What can you say about the person who made everyone smile, who made things better just by being there? Dan was a longtime member of CAB’s chorus and was an anchor of his section, both for his beautiful voice and for his warm, generous personality. His fellow singers remember the sense of humor that made everyone laugh and the way he lifted people’s spirits effortlessly, with a smile. They also remember him as the one who was always more than ready to chip in and do more than his share to make concerts happen, to take up slack if it had to be taken up, and to do it all with grace and a heartfelt love for music that shone through in all his work.
Dan was also a much-beloved teacher. He taught in Calvert County at Lusby’s Southern Middle School, and most recently at Huntingtown High School. His fellow teachers remember someone who was always fun, whose pranks and jokes lit up the workday. His students, meanwhile, struggle to encompass all their thanks and love in words. They remember all the creativity Dan brought to teaching, how his own joy in music came through in every class he taught and inspired the same joy in the students. They remember how he pushed everyone to do their best, encouraging them to audition for honors’ chairs, and placement in chamber choir and All-State ensembles, and how he believed in them even when they didn’t believe in themselves. They remember how he encouraged them to keep music in their lives and never lose touch with it, no matter where their professional roads took them. Dan’s students testify to the deep and lasting impact he had on their lives, whether they took many classes with him or only one, and how the lessons he gave them about their own worth and the value of music stayed with them always.
The CAB family is grateful to have worked with Dan for many years and to have shared music-making and all its joys with him. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and honor his memory in our performances.