There probably are quite a few people around who sang, either as children or as adults, under the direction of Laurence Gidmark.
A “Neighbors” column mentioning him brought an email from Philip Felde, Moorhead, with information about him, largely taken from his obituary.
Laurence was born in 1915 in Port Wing, Wis. He moved to St. Cloud, Minn., no doubt with his parents, in 1925, and attended school there. He received a bachelor's of science degree in music education from St. Cloud State University in 1948 and a master's degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
He was married twice, his obituary says: first, to Marlys Morris in Sisseton, S.D., then to Irma Witte in 1938 in St. Cloud.
Laurence held many directing positions in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
He taught music in the Hawley, Minn., school in 1937-1938.
He was vocal director in Jefferson, Horace Mann and Ben Franklin schools and Central High School, all in Fargo; church choir director for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Moorhead, and for Gethsemane Cathedral, Messiah Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo. His leadership of the Messiah chorus included its broadcasts over WDAY-TV, Fargo.
He also directed the St. Luke’s Nurses Choir and the Lyric Male Chorus, both of Fargo, and the F-M Chorus when it presented Handel’s “Messiah” during its Christmas concert on WDAY-TV.
Laurence retired in 1981.
He received the Hall of Fame Award from the North Dakota Music Educators Association in 1987.
He died in 1991.
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