Though David Penner, a former San Gabriel Academy (SGA) principal, could not attend the farewell reunion concert hosted by the Temple City church for Calvin Knipschild, his letter encapsulized the afternoon's theme.
From 80 to 100 chorale members spanning 31 years of Knipschild's
music-teaching career joined current chorale members for the afternoon of music, orchid leis and Kleenex, as tears flowed and laughter erupted.The event concluded with a prolonged standing ovation. Knipschild
wife, Linda, were joined by their son, Erich, who had flown in from Washington, where he
teaches physical education at Columbia Adventist Academy
and is personally active in concert ministry.Their daughter, De Anne, flew in from Las Vegas to sing with the chorale, then flew back to sing with the "With Praise" group."Knippy" cherishes memories of the event and the expressions of appreciation, but appears anything but retired."I am so used to living off the 'go, go, go' attitude of Southern Californians that it's not seeming that way at all," he
...Lily Beth Everdome, a former chorale member and '94 SGA graduate, will succeed Knipschild as the new SGA chorale director, much to her former teacher's delight.
All of Knipschild's
academy teaching has been in the Southern California Conference, at Glendale and San Gabriel Adventist academies.Known widely as a music director, he
recalled with gratitude that Chuck Watkins, then principal of Glendale Adventist Academy
, "brought me in from security and bus driving to teach one class of Bible.Since then I have taught more Bible classes than music."In retirement, Knipschild will be teaching choral music at Loma Linda Academy for grades 7-12.
One aspect of Knipschild's
music career that is not at all retired, he
noted, is his
direction of Christian Edition
, a 23-voice men's faith ministry that travels widely and is completely booked through 2005.