LAKE PLACID — Pauline Paterka Andrews, 99, a lifelong leader and educator in vocal music, died Saturday, July 25, 2009 at her home in Jay.
Born in Decorah, Iowa on Sept. 18, 1909, Pauline was the daughter of Ignatz Maxilmillian Joseph Paterka and Emma Anna Schwarz.
A graduate of Republic, Wash. high school, class of 1927, Pauline in 1932 earned her B.S. in Music Education and in 1935 her M.S. in Music Education from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and in 1938 her B.S. in Voice from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Pauline also attended summer courses in music education at the University of Idaho in 1932, where she studied under Osbourne McConathy, well-known author and authority on public school music. She also studied voice with Carl Reinert at Chautauqua Summer Institute, 1937; with Carlos Alexander, Mannes School of Music, New York City, 1946-1949; and with Solon Alberti, New York City, 1949-1955.
Early education-related activities include member, Sigma Alpha Iota, National Music Honorary Society; member, Kappa Alpha Theta National Social Sorority; and president, New York City Chapter, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Society, for three years. She was a founding member of the Vandaleers Chorus of the University of Idaho and performed at the 50th reunion concert in 1982; a concert recitalist for the Spokane, Wash. Musical Arts Society; and a guest soloist at St. Mary’s Church in Rochester, St. Paul’s Church in Rochester and St. John’s Cathedral Choir in Spokane, Wash.
From 1934 to 1935, she instructed voice on a teaching fellowship at the University of Idaho. From 1935 to 1937, she was supervisor of vocal music in the public school system of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and supervised and coordinated 30 teachers. In state-wide competitions at the State Music Festival, 1937, whe was awarded two first-place awards and one second-place award out of the three categories entered.
Pauline married Dr. George Clinton Andrews on June 17, 1940 in Spokane, Wash. After marriage and the birth of two children, Pauline resumed musical activity by studying voice and doing some concert work and choir singing at the Lake Placid Club during summers. Upon moving to Lake Placid in 1950, Pauline became active in musical and civic activities. In 1952, she conducted the Methodist Conference Choir of 300 in Lake Placid and was soloist at the Lake Placid Club and in numerous summer shows. In the 1960s and 1970s, she was a founding member of the Incorporation Committee of the Lake Placid Music Festival (which later became the Lake Placid Music and Arts Association) and its director of publicity; a member of the advisory committee for the Lake Placid International Artist Festival and of the Adirondack-Champlain Festival, Lake Placid. She directed a 300-voice Methodist Conference Choir; started a junior choir at St. Eustace Episcopal Church; was president of the Adirondack Concert Society for four years; was secretary of the Skating Club of Lake Placid and directed junior skaters for six years; was vice president of the Garden Club of Lake Placid; was a member of the board of managers of the Children’s Home of Northern New York, Plattsburgh, for 12 years; was vice president-elect of the Essex County School Music Association (Choral), 1969-1970; was on the board of directors of the Lake Placid Memorial Hospital, Lake Placid; and was a member of the board of the Lake Placid Music and Art Association since its inception in 1963. She returned to teach voice in 1968-1969 at Keene Central School, Keene Valley. Mrs. Andrews obtained her radio license in 1970 and worked as a radio commentator from 1970 to 1972.
Mrs. Andrews is survived by two daughters: Pauline Paterka Andrews and Barbara Alice Andrews Brinkley; her granddaughter Kristen Andrea Nugent; and three nieces: Sonia Schmitt, Lucille Angell White and her husband Harold, and Caroline Angella Corliss and her husband Gregory.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at St. Eustace Episcopal Church. Interment will follow at St. Eustace Church Columbarium. The Rev. Brock Baker will officiate.
The M.B. Clark Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.