Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn, December 21, 1959 – February 20, 2015

In Tribute and Celebration of a Life Well Lived – Good and Faithful Steward

“Sometimes bright stars illuminate our path for shorter periods of time than we would wish.”
– Supporter of ARS and admirer of Jeffry Jahn

“The Maestro of all maestros.”
– Grant Jahn, Jeffry’s son

For 25 years ARS blossomed under the gifted musical direction of Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn. His energy and passion for choral arts inspired his singers and audiences alike. Although everyone associated with ARS – singers, supporters, audiences – are profoundly heartbroken by his untimely death, we are immeasurably blessed by the many years that Jeffry graced our community as a musician, mentor, educator, composer, humorist…and generous-hearted friend to so many people. Jeffry, we know you are conducting the heavenly choir of angels with the same enthusiasm and unbridled joy you shared with all of us.

How Can I Keep From Singing?
My life goes on in endless song,
Above earth’s lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear it’s music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

—Anna Bartlett Warner

A Memorial-Celebration for Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn was held on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 1:00 p.m., at Christ Community Church, 7801 E. Kenyon Drive, Tucson, Arizona. At the request of Jeffry’s family, ARS sang Set Me As A Seal by Rene Clausen during the service. (Rene Clausen was a favorite choral music professor of Jeffry’s during his college years at Wichita State University.) In honor of Jeffry’s tremendous musical legacy, 15 former ARS singers from the Tucson area, other parts of Arizona and the United States assembled at the service to perform with us.

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How Can We Keep From Singing?

Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn
Photo credit: Bill “Josh” Young

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19th
Catalina Methodist Church
2700 E. Speedway Blvd.

The Arizona Repertory Singers will present one memorial Tribute Concert honoring the late Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn. How Can We Keep From Singing? will include a retrospective of his favorite choral works performed by ARS over the last 25 years that reflect why “life is a song that must be sung.”

The concert is being presented free to the public as a gift to Tucson, honoring Dr. Jahn’s belief that “ARS sings for the public, not for themselves.” Donations at the door in his memory are appreciated. There will be a reception immediately following the concert.

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