What a wonderful
life. We were all so blessed to know him.
Such an amazing
influence on so many lives. A giant has passed and the Angel choir
has a most blessed wonderful new director. Thank you Ted for sharing
your gift so unselfishly.
Kimberly Rene' Krayer Tither
I feel blessed to
have been a part of Neshaminy Concert Choir, as well as being led by
him at First Presbyterian Church choir. He was a wonderful man. The
world was given a true gift in him.
RIP Mr Kloos -
you'll be in our hearts and a part of our being forever.
We Are One –
This song is hard to
sing because goodbyes are hard to say, but I know it's only for a
time we will meet again someday. The song we left unsung will keep
ringing in our hearts, till the melodies keep echoing and help me do
my part. To let the light of our love shine for all the world to
see. May your joy and laughter become a part of me and because I
have known you, my life will never be quite the same, may your
spirit live through me.
The times we spent
together all the happiness and tears, all these many special moments
will make memories through the years. And when it's time to meet
again I'll know you by your name for our friendship lasts forever
and forever stays the same.
We are one, we are
one in the name of the Lord. We are one in the spirit, we are one on
one in our love. And because I have known you my life will never be
quite the same, may your spirit live through me.
To Jenn & all who
had the wonderful Kloos experience! ~ Confidence comes from
expectations given, hard work, being put through a multitude of
experiences, corrections and rewards when deemed ~ all in a loving,
caring friendship-filled body of arts lovers. We worked & played
hard! Thank you for the music, the movement, the Stanislawski ~ What
a group of mentors you put together for Summerstock, Mr. Kloos. I
even loved Dolores...I don't forget about my spine, and if I do, she
is there in my head! We will never, ever forget the lessons, common
experience, the love, the friendships we made, and still cherish. I
am passing all my experiences on to my own children and music
students, your legacy ~ this will go beyond my own years here.
In Love to all ~
I am sure that
everyone has their favorite teacher. This morning, at 5:15 am, I
lost mine - Ted Kloos.
Mr. Kloos, as we all
called him, was my music/theater teacher in high school. For some
reason, and that reason was Mr. Kloos, my most memorable moments
growing up in different groups and activities and my most proudest
moments was being a part of the concert choir and musical theater.
I honestly don't
remember why I pursued music or theater in high school. But I did.
The rush that comes from performing, the connection with friends
from all of the countless practices, the confidence that comes from
a job well done - I still remember it all. I seriously REMEMBER IT
ALL 40 years later.
Dancing in the
‘Waiter’s Gallup’ in Hello Dolly still gives me a thrill that is
beyond words or emotions. We finished our dance and I snuck a peak
at the audience and they were on their feet in appreciation. This
wasn't the end of the play - simply a dance during the play. I
cannot control my emotions over what I felt at that moment to this
day. There are few incidents that have compared.
So, how does Germany
play into this? Because of Mr. Kloos’s connections. He enabled us
to travel there as the 1st choir to do so. Others followed but we
were the first. And for those that don't know, I was able to travel
there 35 years later and reconnect with my hosts - another memorable
Mr. Kloos had
unconditional love for his students. He appeared to be a simple man
but beyond that facade was a yet simpler vision that everyone should
be happy and everyone should achieve what they desire. So simple,
yet so difficult.
I loved Ted Kloos
and will miss him forever. I hope that all of you have someone who
made an impact on your lives as well.
It was such an honor
to work along side such a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.
Class of '83, and
one of the best years of my life, thanks in part to Mr. Kloos: Ray Conniff was our guest conductor, Concert Choir trip to
Germany, my first ever performance in a musical, Oklahoma, and being
the "narrator" during performances helped shape me into the person I
am today. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Theodore Kloos!
All the tributes
full of wonderful memories attest to what a full and meaningful life
Mr. Kloos had. We were all so fortunate to have shared at least part
of his journey. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
(Thomas Campbell). He will be missed but never forgotten. Kloos Kid
What a reminder how the spirit of one man can touch so many.
Theodore Kloos teacher extraordinaire. He believed in us music kids
when we didn't know how to believe in ourselves. One in a million.
Rest in Peace
Theodore Kloos.. "Because I have known you, my life will never be
quite the same... may your spirit live in me".
Oh Mr. Kloos... We
will never truly lose you. I will always love you as long as I live
for everything you gave to us :)
"And because I have
known you my life will never be quite the same. May your spirit love
The world lost an
amazing man today. RIP Theodore Kloos. You have touched so many
lives and passed your knowledge on to so many young people. We will
never forget you or your love for the theater. "It's magic time" My
heart goes out to your family and loved ones.
The world has lost
an angel this morning. Theodore Kloos, my high school choir
director, musical director, mentor and friend has passed. What a
blessing to have known such a sweet and gentle soul. He instilled in
us a love for music, theater, love and laughter. He embodied the
word "teacher" like no one I've ever met. My love to his wife
Arlene, his children and the hundreds of "Kloos Kids" who mourn
Condolences to you and your family. Ted was a much beloved man, and
so many of us literally would sing his praises. I knew him in
Concert Choir and church choir, so was doubly fortunate. So many
Kratz Tom's remembrances
mirror alot of my own (except for the basketball stuff!), so I will
just add three things for now. First, I also loved summer stock, and
my parents couldn't believe that year after year I would turn down
the chance to go to summer camp, because I couldn't possibly miss
summer stock. Second, Tom is right, Hello Dolly was absolutely the
most fun show I ever did, and literally changed my life! Third, a
few years ago at Tom's one-man show extravaganza, I saw Mr. Kloos
for the first time in many years. I went up to say hello to him and
Jennifer, and was totally floored when he immediately said to me,
"You were in Kismet, weren't you?" How in the world this amazing man
remembered that after all these years, I will never know--but he
never failed to make each of us feel like an extra-special member of
his circle. And many of us are still connected to one another after
so many decades because of this special, wonderful human being. Rest
in peace, Mr. Kloos, and thank you for bringing us so much lasting
joy and happiness!
Hugh D. Fegely
Jennifer, my sincere
condolences to you, your mom and your entire family. I (we all)
thank you all for sharing such a rare man with the rest of us and
for having taken such wonderful care of him over these many years.
He was a gift to so many, including myself and all my siblings. He
was an inspiration and a joy to all who were lucky enough to be
around him. I treasure my memories of Summer Stock, Concert Choir,
the annual shows, Germany, E-1 & E-2, Ray Conniff, Captain Noah, La
Boheme, The Academy of Music, Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre,
etc... I can't think of another teacher or mentor who demonstrated
the respect, trust or inclusiveness (all without judgment), that Mr.
Kloos showed to his thousand of students over the years. In fact,
very few people have touched so many lives in such a positive,
enduring fashion. RIP Mr. Kloos. You sir, really were a gentleman
and a scholar.