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Extraordinary Life: Bill Lauer Taught Students The Joy Of Music

Extraordinary Life: Bill Lauer Taught Students The Joy Of Music

Quiet, thoughtful, with a twinkle in his eye, Bill Lauer — Mr. Lauer to thousands of West Hartford high school students —was the "music man," caring, charismatic, and a nurturer of musical talent.

His choral music classes, choirs, madrigal groups, singing ensembles and, above all, his musical theater productions engaged students for more than three decades, leaving them with love and admiration for music and for their favorite teacher.

"He was the best teacher ever," recalled Alyson Bristol, who played Bloody Mary in "South Pacific" in 1969 and is now director of corporate sponsorships at the Boston Symphony. "He really impacted my life....

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