Hubert Charles Bird

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Hubert Charles Bird

October 12, 1939 - November 23, 2018

Hubert Charles Bird Prominent local composer Dr. Hubert C. Bird passed away November 23, 2018 at age 79. Hubert was born October 12, 1939 in Joplin, MO to Lucille and Hubert Bird. He grew up in Baxter Springs, KS, and attended Missouri Southern State College and Pittsburg State University. He later received his DMA in Composition from the University of Colorado Boulder.

From 1967-1997 Dr. Bird was on the faculty of the Music Department at Keene State College of the University System of New Hampshire. His professional life as a composer, conductor, and tenor soloist brought Hubert recognition both nationally and internationally. His compositions are performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South America each year.

Hubert is survived by his daughter Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, son-in-law Bjorn Arvidsson, and granddaughter Hannah Arvidsson of Louisville, CO. He is also survived by his brother James Bird and sister-in-law Ruby Bird of Leavenworth, KS as well as nephew Jeff Bird and his family in Atlanta, GA.

Memorial services are pending. The family asks that anyone wishing to honor Hubert Bird with a donation should do so by giving to the Oliver and Roberta Sovereign Endowment at MSSU.
Published on December 6, 2018
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Louise Fauteux
Mar 11, 2019
While at Keene State College, Dr. Bird was a favorite professor for many students. Always ready with a good story and an encouraging word, he will be missed and fondly remembered.
John Forrest
Feb 08, 2019
The text was by Ogden Nash. The music was written by Anthony Plog. The piece was called Animal Ditties for Narrator, Trumpet, and Piano. I found the arrangement in a music store in Virginia Beach. My advisors and teachers frowned upon it. Dr. Bird was thrilled that I included it in a trumpet recital and offered his unique voice as the narrator. He was the kindest, most generous professor I knew and I technically wasn’t even his student. He worked endless hours and always took the time to to humor, advise, and befriend students. A meal with Dr. Bird was special. This is a true loss.
Laurie (Nash) Jarmolowicz
Feb 08, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Bird's passing. I was a student and a choir member. The way he talked about the great composers, it was like he had lived downstairs from them. He was an amazing choral conductor and it was a pleasure to sing with him. He was as passionate about the emotion and the delivery of the music as its exactness. My condolences to you and your family as you deal with the loss of such a great man.
Jeff Kent
Feb 08, 2019
While not a music major at KSC, I took my very first college class with Dr. Bird. I was in his classroom minutes after the Berlin Wall fell. He was in the middle of an impassioned rant about the evils of the wall, having just returned from a trip to Germany and Austria. I waved frantically to get his attention and told him the news. He burst into happy tears and had to leave the room for a minute. It was a beautiful moment and I will carry those memories forever.
Roberta Rayno
Feb 08, 2019
Goodbye Dr. Bird, you will be remembered with fondness. I was a piano major at Keene State but was fortunate to be able to sing in our concert choir with Dr. Bird. I looked forward to rehearsals every week as a time to relax and enjoy making beautiful music. Dr. Bird was always delightful and fun!
Nancy Pec
Jan 31, 2019
estrid Eklof
Dec 31, 2018
Performed many of Hugh's piano works -wonderful composer, wonderful personality. He met at our home in Ct. every Thursday for dinner before attending rehearsals in this area. Missed him when he left the east coast.
One very special man!
Melissa Cassel
Dec 27, 2018
Thank you for being a great neighbor. We always enjoyed the Sees candy that you gave to us at Christmas time. Thankyou for telling me to always be unique and to enjoy life. I am sorry that I did not say goodbye.
George Reynolds
Dec 27, 2018
I met Hubert at an All New England audition in 1970. I later went to Keene State, graduated and taught in Keene. He was my mentor and friend all these years. We would regularly speak by phone and share what life had given us. I especially remember one of our trips to "get out of Keene" when we drove to an old church in Bennington, VT, to see Robert Frost's grave. We did concerts at the Boston Symphony and ate at Joyce Chen's restaurant in Cambridge. I was always sad we never got to perform his opera at Keene State. If there be a heaven, I hope he's sitting with Mark Twain telling stories and laughing. Something of what we did. I regret not saying good bye.