Lane’s sudden death leaves a void in Selma

Published 8:57pm Monday, January 14, 2013

The sudden death Sunday of Quentin Lane leaves an aching void in the musical world, a loss that will be felt in many parts of this country as well as in Selma, his place of birth and in recent years, his choice of residence.

Lane began his education in Selma, graduating with honors in 1967 from R.B. Hudson High School, then studying piano with Pauline Dinkins Anderson before entering the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to study with Professor Warren Hutton, head of the Organ Department.

In 1971 he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ with honors and entered the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, New York, where he received his Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance and Music Literature.

In the course of his career Lane has been an Organ Fellow at The Washington National Cathedral, D.C. and Saint Thomas Organ Scholar and Organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, where he was also organist and director of music at The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.

Lane also has been organist and director of music at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, and Consultant in Music for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.

Several years ago he returned to Selma to care for his mother, who is now deceased. He also served as organist and choir director of the senior choir and male chorus at Historic Brown Chapel African American Episcopal Church and also at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He was concert accompanist for the Selma University Choir.

Lane also served as interim organist and choirmaster at Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

In recent years he has been interim organist and choirmaster at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Selma. And at First Presbyterian Church he was a choir member for special presentations such as MESSIAH!

The funeral for Quentin Lane will be this weekend. Visitation is at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church from 5-7 p.m. Friday evening. Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s with interment in Live Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to St. Paul’s or a charity of your choice.

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