Stephen Herx, ETM's former Director of Programming, passed away on Wednesday January 7th at 8:19 AM. He was surrounded by family and friends during the last stages of his long battle with cancer.
Steve was a lifelong educator and had served as ETM's Director of Programs from 2004 until he stepped down last June. He was an invaluable member of the ETM family and trained, supervised, mentored, developed curricula and resource materials for the organization.
Steve studied voice at the Mannes College of Music, received his BS summa cum laude from SUNY-New Paltz and took Master's courses in Public Administration at Baruch College. Additionally, Herx wrote three influential articles on the life and career of Polish soprano Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935). These were published in Opera Quarterly (Oxford University Press), and Record Collector (London).
Steve's other passion was chess. Prior to working at ETM, he had managed the nationally-recognized Chess in Schools Program, and helped to found the Community Chess School in Paramus several years ago. He was also Bergen County Chess Champion in 1976.
Steve is survived by his partner Jeffrey Wu, their adopted son and daughter Jason and Ashley Wu, his father Henry of Ramsey, brother Joseph of Howell, NJ, two sisters Margaret and Katherine of Gardinerville, NY and Ramsey NJ.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to
Education Through Music for Stephen Herx Fund
122 E 42nd Street, Suite 1501
New York, NY 10168
Memorial Service to be held at St.Mary's in Tuxedo Park Church
Date: January 17th, 2009
Address: 10 Fox Hill Road, Tuxedo Park, N.Y. 10987