Condolence: Dear Mr. Heath,
What an accomplished life. I agree with EVERYTHING Paul Murphey said; my fellow classmate. Hal opened worlds up to all of us we likely would never have experienced. I loved singing "for" him. I can still picture him in front of that room with his "chalk holder", at the piano, pushing us all to be better. Because of him, I have a whole collection of medals from competitions. He once put a group of us girls together as a triple trio. We thought he was crazy, but he worked and worked with us. And, we went to State! Truth be known, it was scary to be one of two people singing first soprano; it puts you out there. But he believed in us, and that's what I remember. Madrigal, musicals, choir, singing John Lennon"s "imagine" at graduation (which is not an easy song). So many wonderful memories. And such a dear friend to us. Thank you Mr. Heath. I only wish I'd seen you at that class reunion. With much fondness, Denise.
Condolence: Hal Heath was my vocal instructor at Markesan Jr. & Sr. high schools from 1967 - 1972. Today in 2018, whenever I sing or act upon the stage, I thank God that Hal Heath taught me to "sight read" music, brought me to the stage for the first time, took all of us in those yellow school buses to Chicago & Milwaukee for professional symphonies & operas, all state choirs, and numerous solo & ensemble competitions.
Hal was able to attend my 40th MHS class reunion, and we were all so glad to see him. He was a master teacher right up until the end. Thank you "Mr. Heath" for everything you did during your Markesan days to challenge a group of rural Wisconsin kids to meet your quality standards. And, all these years later, I am still able to benefit from your instruction & guidance.
I would be pretty sure that Hal is now "whipping" angelic choirs into shape! Rest in peace.
It seems like just yesterday you and I were working on the story about your wedding for the Milwaukee Journal. I hope the many years of special times together you and Hal had together will bring you joy and comfort. Hal was an excellent voice teacher and I truly appreciate all I learned from him. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Condolence: This man is the reason I have the appreciation of many different kinds of music, from opera, to madrigal. Even though I graduated in 1980, what he taught me remains with me to this day. God Bless you Mr. Heath and prayers going out to your family!