The family moved to Bluffton, Ohio, where Mr. Alderfer attended Bluffton College as a music major. His studies included vocal and instrumental music. He sang in several quartets, one of which was a gospel group that sang on radio and went on tour. He also performed several solo recitals. It was at Bluffton that he met and married Lucille Amstutz.
After receiving his BSM from Northwestern University, he taught choral music in the Grand Rapids, Michigan public schools. He then became music supervisor of Parma, Ohio public schools and later moved on to become musical supervisor for the Neffsville, Pennsylvania school system. During this time he also conducted the Armstrong Cork Company choral group and took them on tour.
Mr. Alderfer then moved his family, which now included daughter, Shirley, to New York, where he began his teaching career in Mepham High School in Bellmore. Constantly looking to improve his craft, he attended several Fred Waring workshops. The fruits of his efforts and his superb talent were shared with the hundreds of students who were fortu- nate enough to be under his direction. His mastery of musical interpretation enabled him to mold and shape young voices into a work of art. lt was this sense of inspiration and beauty that made his art perfect, and it was this gift that his students carried away with them.
During this time, he also conducted the Bellmore Presbyterian Church Choir and the McGraw-Hill Choir in Manhattan.
Since "retiring" to Vermont, he and Mrs. Alderfer have enjoyed very active lives. He has continued teaching and is the music director in the Randolph, Vermont schools. In addition, he is the director of the Music Association of South Royalton. They now live in Bethel.
Joanna Desposati Migliore
Class of '57
Mr. Alderfer retired from the Mepham in 1966 and he and his wife moved to Royalton, Vt. He taught in Vermont for 10 years, then fully retired to Lancaster, PA, where he and Mrs. Alderfer lived until 1997. They relocated back to Long Island, moving to a nursing facility in West Islip, to be nearer to their daughter Shirley and her family. He passed away at age 92 on March 9, 2000, following a brief illness.