Established in 1996, this Fund was created to honor the dedication and work of Dr. Dale E. Kempter, who was a nationally renowned music educator.
Dale was admired and loved by all who know him. They could feel the love and devotion this gentle man had for the students and for the music he so carefully selected for them. They also knew that by his example, he was teaching much more than notes. They were learning maturity, discipline, musicianship, camaraderie, and a love of the repertoire they performed.
During the nearly fifty years he oversaw the AYS program, his passion and dedication never waned. Students, past students, and colleagues still recognize his enthusiastic love and devotion - most of whom have passed on his selfless dedication and expertise a hundred times over to their students and colleagues. Today, AYS alumni are performing throughout New Mexico, the United States, and the world. In a very real sense, Dale left this world better because of his gentle presence.
Dr. Kempter’s legacy will become legend as those who knew and worked with him continue to honor his humanity, humor and love of music. His family and close friends knew it was an uncanny occurrence that no matter where he went – from New Mexico, to Texas, to Florida, Germany, England and Ireland – he was sure to hear, “Hey! Mr. Kempter!” …a greeting he undoubtedly heard when he passed through the gates of Heaven!
Donations can also be made by check or over the phone.
Mail donations to: Dale E. Kempter Legacy Fund, PO Box 25266, Albuquerque, NM 87125 OR Call the Albuquerque Community Foundation at 505-883-6240.