Remembering Rudy Baerg

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the news that Valley Concert Society board
member Rudy Baerg passed away on Tuesday, September 17.
At the time of his passing, Rudy was the longest-serving member of the board, having
joined in the 1993-94 season.

Rudy served on the society’s Concert Selection Committee. He provided valuable insight
based on his vast musical experience and contacts. He played a key role is arranging
several concerts which proved to be very popular. Two examples are a concert featuring
organ and brass in 2008 and a concert featuring violinist Karl Stobbe, cellist Joel Stobbe
and pianist Betty Suderman in 2012.

Rudy was the society’s House Manager for concerts. In this capacity he demonstrated his
commitment, reliability and ability to solve problems and to find needed resources.
Rudy served on the Bursary Committee. He was involved in the often-challenging
process of choosing winners among the many worthy candidates. He also played a key
role in the organization of both Bursary Winners’ Concerts which the society held to
mark 25 th and 35 th year anniversaries.

Rudy has left a huge legacy in music, not only in our society but in the community more
widely. He enjoyed a long and respected career as a voice and choral instructor and
director of the music program at Columbia Bible College.

Rudy was the founding director of the Valley Festival Singers and served as its conductor
for 25 years. The choir continues to provide fine choral music in our city to the present.
He was also active in the music programs of his church throughout his life.
Rudy was recognized for his contributions to his community when he was awarded the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

More important than these formal honours is the legacy that Rudy has left in the lives of
the countless people, young and old, who were enriched by him in the way he shared his
love of music and brought it to life for them. His warm and generous spirit is evident in
the large circle of friends he enjoyed over many years. He will be deeply missed.
Our thoughts are with his wife Hildegarde and his family as they mourn the passing of a
man who made our community a better place by the way he walked every day.

John Wiebe
The Valley Concert Society