Magazine article The Tracker

Obituary: JAMES LESLIE BOERINGER

Magazine article The Tracker

Obituary: JAMES LESLIE BOERINGER

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JAMES BOERINGER died January 12, 2014 of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Born March 4, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Boeringer earned a BA in organ performance from the College of Wooster, Ohio, in 1952, the A AGO certificate from the American Guild of Organists in 1953, an MA in musicology from Columbia University in 1954, the DSM from the former Union Theological Seminary in 1964, and completed post-doctoral studies at New York University.

Boeringer played his first church service in August 1947 in Harbison Chapel, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa., and was appointed organist of Homewood Baptist Church in Pittsburgh in November of that year. He served as university organist and taught at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, and Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. As organist and harpsichordist he performed in 20 of the United States, in England and in France. The churches he served include Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio; Calvary Lutheran, Verona, N.J.; St. Matthew Lutheran (Manhattan) and Our Saviour Lutheran (Bronx), New York City; Calvary Lutheran, Leonia, N.J.; Trinity Lutheran, Vermillion, S.D.; St. Stephen's Episcopal, Shawnee, Okla.; Zion Lutheran, Sunbury, Pa.; St. Saviour Parish Church, London, England; and Calvary Moravian, Winston-Salem, N.C. Boeringer moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1992 and was organist at Church of the Pilgrims (Presbyterian) in Washington and Messiah Lutheran Church and Fifth Church of Christ Scientist in Georgetown, playing his last service on December 29, 2013, just two weeks before his death.

Boeringer served as the executive director of the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem N.C. He was a professor and chair of the music department at Susquehanna University and a Phillips Distinguished Visitor at Haverford College. …

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