Harriet Standring

2013-03-24T00:00:00Z Harriet StandringClassifieds Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Harriet Standring

of Tucson passed away following a short illness on March 4, 2013. Born Leila Harriet Porter, in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 23, 1934, the youngest of four children, Harriet became a gifted vocalist. Following graduation from high school in 1953, she matriculated to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she met her future husband, Ronald Standring. They were married following her graduation in 1957. Also a gifted vocalist, her husband accepted a position as Minister of Music at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek, California, following his own graduation from Westminster in 1958. There, Harriet gave birth to two sons, James and Thomas. In 1963, the family moved to Tucson, where Ron became the Minister of Music at Catalina United Methodist Church. In their years in Tucson, Harriet and Ron each sang lead in several operas produced by the University of Arizona Department of Music, a/k/a the University of Arizona Opera Theater, and in other performances in Tucson and southern Arizona. The couple divorced in 1967, and Harriet, as a single mother of two young boys, worked full-time at the University of Arizona Music Library, and served as choir director at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. After earning an MA in Music from the UA in 1969, Harriet became an Assistant Professor of Music at Fresno State University in Fresno, California, in 1971. She taught at Fresno State for four years, until 1975, when she left to become Professor of Music at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Although earning tenure at UM in 1982, Harriet instead left the university to return to Tucson to be nearer her two sons. Leaving permanently her career as a music professor, Harriet became an Assistant Librarian at Canyon Del Oro High School, from which position she retired. However, she continued her life in music, teaching aspiring vocalists privately, and occasionally performing in an opera or musical. Harriet survived her two brothers, Robert and John, and in turn is survived by her two sons, her sister Mary, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. There will be a celebratory service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 East River Road, in Tucson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made In Memory of Harriet Standring to the Westminster Scholarship Fund, with checks made payable to Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE.

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