KMEA Hall of Fame
Cecil J. Riney
Inducted in 1996
Cecil J. Riney received the BM degree from Friends University, the MM degree from the University of Kansas, and a DMA from the University of Southern California. He served for over 35 years as Chairman of the Fine Arts Division and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music at Friends University. He has conducted with Wichita Choral Society and the Wichita Symphony Chorus, including a performance in Carnegie hall. His Symphonic Choir the "Singing Quakers," have appeared at state and national music conventions, and have toured throughout the world. Riney was selected as Kansas Musician of the Year by Kansas Musical Clubs, was chairman of the committee of Choral Standards and Repertoire for the ACDA, was president of KsACDA, received the Harry Robert Wilson award from the KsACDA, and the Governor's Arts Award from the Kansas Arts Commission.