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Tributes to Dave Bieri, who died suddenly on January 3, 2000.
Also: information on his memorial service and where to send flowers, condolences and donations.
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David Earle Bieri, classical pianist, jazz vocalist, composer of church hymns and quirky songs, active in the musical life of the Boston area for twenty five years, died suddenly, apparently of a heart attack at his home in Dorchester, MA, Monday January 3, 2000. He was 44 years old.

Mr. Bieri sang bass with the a cappella jazz group "Euphoria", and helped induce euphoric moods in local coffeehouses. For the past sixteen years he worked as a senior systems programmer at IDX Corporation in Boston, where he was prized for his original problem solving skills and his sense of humor. He was a riot in the office.

Mr. Bieri was a member of East Congregational Church of Milton, MA. where he sang in the choir and was a substitute organist.

He was originally from Alliance, OH and attended Oberlin College and Boston University. For several years he was a church organist at First Congregational Church of Winchester, MA, accompanist with the Greater Boston Chorale in Medford, MA., choir director at Boston University, and piano teacher in the Boston area.

He leaves his father and mother, Edward and Betty Bieri of Alliance, OH, a brother Jim, a sister Christine, and a niece Miranda. He also leaves many compositions, among them the sacred "Benedictus Qui Venit", "Duo Seraphim Clamabant", "Create in Me a Clean Heart", "How Firm a Foundation" , "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", and the humorous "Comet Warning", "Carmina Bananas" and "Save the Wails". He once created some very strange music on what looked like an old grand piano without legs which had been untuned for many years, but which he called "the Entropophone".

Michael Maholchic

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