Acclaimed children’s choir director passes away

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Cheryl West, the director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, passed away suddenly Saturday morning.

According to Indianapolis Children’s Choir’s Facebook page, Cheryl West suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Friday night.  She was taken to the hospital, but passed away Saturday morning.

According to Butler University’s website, Cheryl West was also an adjunct professor at Jordan College of Arts and the University of Indianapolis School of Music.

ICC described West as a gifted teacher, musician, artist, leader and friend.

Prior to her work with the ICC, West was the director of choral activities at Lawrence North High School for 20 years.

ICC released the following statement on Sunday:

It is with deep sadness that the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) announces the passing of one of its choir directors, Cheryl West, on Saturday, August 30. Ms. West was the director of the Indianapolis Youth Chorale, one of the ICC’s high school-age choirs.

“Mama West,” as her students affectionately called her, touched countless lives and was loved by many. She will be dearly missed.

The outpouring of love for Ms. West on social media has been tremendous, with over 300 comments expressing grief for her loss and celebration of her life.

“Stunned, saddened, heart broken,” said one commenter. “What an amazing woman with so much talent and love for music. She’s the kind of person who touches the hearts of young people in ways that only others could dream of.”

Visitation for West will be on Wednesday, September 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with funeral services following from 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, located at 100 W 86th Street in Indianapolis.

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