May 30, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Edmund Siennicki

Siennicki_EdmundEdmund Siennicki, beloved father, brother, uncle, music educator and composer died Saturday, May 3, 2014, of natural causes. He was 94.

Edmund was the loving father of Barbara (Sergio Barroso) Siennicki; and dear brother of Helene McKee; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his dearest friend, Nellie Renner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette J. (Hall); and sister, Virginia Ojeda.

Edmund will be remembered today by scores of students who were inspired by his first-hand knowledge of instrumental music as a performer, conductor, composer and teacher. He was well known throughout Ohio over many years, having taught music in the Cleveland Public School at Collinwood High School, Thomas Jefferson Junior High and Mooney Junior High.

Edmund was awarded the Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher Award in 1964. This award provided him the opportunity to live at the MacDowell Colony, a residence for artists, composers and authors and an experience he treasured throughout his life.

As a conductor, Edmund was an Assistant Director with the Ohio State Fair Band as well as many community and school musical groups throughout the state.

With over 400 publications of his compositions and arrangements of music for schools, Edmund reached an international audience with performances throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. To graduates of Kent State University, his name might not be known but his music is, for he composed the Kent State fight song in the 1940s. It is still played at football games today.

Edmund completed his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Kent after returning from military service during WW II. He obtained his MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, in 1948, at the same time studying with the noted bassoon teacher, Simon Kovar. He also became known as a talented pianist, working nights as a pianist in local clubs in Cleveland and Akron. Over the years, Edmund has performed in numerous ensembles as a bassoonist, including the Medina Community Band.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at