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Remembering Clarece Candamio

Clarece Dyer Candamio

Clarece Dyer Candamio was born in Sulphur, OK and grew up in Durant, OK. She began piano study at the age of five and organ at twelve, and by fifteen had her first job as organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church. She received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied with Mildred Andrews, with further graduate study at Stanford University as a student of Herbert Nanney. Clarece was the organist at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church from 1968 – 2013. As organist of a large metropolitan church, she performed with many distinguished church musicians and conductors, and toured internationally. Clarece was a featured soloist at the International Church Music Festival in Coventry, England in 1988, and played for the Christmas Eve celebrations in Bethlehem in 1994. She performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra and Dallas Brass, and most recently with the Plano Civic Chorus as featured artist. She also served the congregations of Temple Shalom from 1980 until 2008, and of Temple Emanu-El thereafter until her death. Following “retirement,” she was a busy substitute organist in Dallas, Richardson, and Plano, and played her last church services on February 26th. Clarece dedicated her life to excellence in worship and to the glory of God through music. Those she inspired, moved, and comforted through her ministry are beyond measure. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Candamio, and her parents, Clarence and Jessie Dyer. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Peak (Nino Torres) of Addison, TX, her brother, Mack Dyer (Doris) of Krum, TX, her sister, Catherine Hatfield (Barry) of Novato, CA, as well as four nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave., on Saturday, March 25th, at 11 am with an organ prelude starting at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial gifts in her name to the University of Oklahoma Foundation (100 Timberdell Road Road, Norman, OK 73019) or the Clarece Candamio Music Excellence Fund at the LLUMC Foundation (9200 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75220) or the Incarnation Music Fund (3966 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204).