De Cormier, Composer And Renowned Music Director, Dies At 95
De Cormier, a composer, musician and prolific arranger of choral
music,passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.
For well over half a century, De Cormier’s presence in the world
of classical and folk music has been felt, around the world and at
home in Vermont. A graduate of Juilliard, De Cormier straddled
classical and folk music, often bringing the two together in new
and unexpected ways.
De Cormier was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1922.
According to De Cormier, his musical journey began at age
seven:“I wanted a trombone but it was a little big for me and my
parents finally got me a trumpet. I have no idea why,” he told
VPR in a 2002 interview. “Music is that kind of thing which has
the strange effect on people.”De Cormier stuck with the trumpet
through high school, and by college, he knew he wanted to study
music. He spent two years at Colby College in Maine, then two
semesters at the University of New Mexico before joining the army
and fighting in World War II.
'Impeachable' is a new twist on the kinds of songs that Peter,
Paul and Mary were singing that helped mobilize Americans.
have been wondering what folksinger/activists, some of them
septuagenarians like Noel Paul Stookey and me, might be doing in
the face of the current cataclysmic challenges to our democracy
and our nation.
Everyone Knows Peter, Paul and Mary. But
What About Bob?
Grace Notes by JAMES BARRON
The world is full of who-knew jobs, jobs you did not know were
jobs until you found out that somebody did them. Who knew that had
a "recording secretary"?
That was the title suggested by Noel Paul Stookey — Paul to
the world. The man who had the job wrote down the vocal lines that
Mr. Stookey and Peter Yarrow and Mary Travers improvised in
rehearsal so they would remember them. And no, Mr. Stookey did not
have a pun in mind, suggesting "recording secretary" as
a title for someone who listened in at, um, recording sessions,
sometimes telling the engineer to squelch this note or boost that
here for the rest of the story from the NY TIMES)
Advocate for Peace Award 2015
The Cardozo Journal of
Conflict Resolution proudly announces that it will honor folk-trio
Peter, Paul and Mary (Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary
Travers (postumously)) as the 2015 recipient of the International
Advocate for Peace award. The event will take place at the
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on February 22nd at 7pm
from The Washington Post
Catlin November 14 at 10:08
Even now, Peter, Paul and Mary can’t be stopped.
During the early ’60s folk boom, their entwined
harmonies seemed to be a part of every progressive rally,
and since then, they have gained new generations of fans
through numerous tours and PBS specials.
Here to read the story and see the pictures.
November 13, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Listen to this Never-Before-Heard
Peter, Paul and Mary Track
Here to read the story and listen to 'Give Yourself To
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and
Mary to promote trio's new book at
NAILA FRANCIS Staff Writer
easy and expected camaraderie between Peter Yarrow and Noel
Paul Stookey as they share a conference call to promote
their new book "Peter, Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in
Music and Life."
legends interrupt each other to acknowledge the
insightfulness of an observation one has made or to tag-team
the telling of a story. Often, there is simply laughter, a
cackle or a gust that blares across the phone lines and
threatens, more than once, to derail relevant thought. And
when Stookey has to go, announcing he is jumping off the
line, the two pause for a flurry of goodbyes interjected
with "I love you."
By Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey, and Mary
Travers Introduction by John F. Kerry, US Secretary of State
. . . here is the first and only book that
visually tells us the intimate story of
Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music,
with stirring images that follow their
passionate fifty-year journey to the
center of America's heart. The very best
of thousands of photographs, many rare and
never before published, taken over five
decades by some of the world's top
photographers, show them at their earliest
performances in the 1960s, when Mary was
the most desired, beautiful, and
charismatic performer and a new role model
for women. Follow the trio as they lead
America to discover the passionate soul of
folk music. Join the struggle for racial
equality, social justice, and freedom in
this memorable journey, from the historic
1963 March on Washington with Martin
Luther King, Jr., to the trio's appearance
before half a million people in 1969 to
end the Vietnam War, to their singing at
the Hollywood Bowl for Survival Sunday in
1978, helping to launch the antinuke
movement, the world's first international
Available from Barnes
and Noble: click
here! or the bookseller of your choice
Mary Travers: A Woman's Words
"The autobiography of Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul & Mary, will be released this January, four years after her death. Travers’ dynamic personality comes through in the compilation of her newspaper articles, essays, speeches and stage monologues written over the last 25 years of her life."
At the August 22, 2009 Show at Wolf Trap, Peter and Paul Celebrate
Mary and 5 Decades of Friendship,
Peter read the above letter that President Obama had sent to Mary.
January 20, 2009
Peter, Paul and the Pelosi's
Paul and Peter chat with Nancy Pelosi, her husband and daughter
at the Hero's Red, White and Blue Inaugural Ball where they
If I Had A Hammer, Blowin' In The Wind & This Land is Your Land
Peter, Paul & Mary join Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne
and Graham Nash in
asking for your help in creating a world free of nuclear weapons.
Nuclear war is a threat to the
survival of humanity.
But we can make a difference if we act
Join us in sending a message to the
next occupant of the White House.
We want a change of priorities in
We believe it's time for US Leadership
for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is
gathering the support of one million people to present
to the new President on Inauguration Day 2009.
Will You Take a Few Seconds and Join
Since the '70s, we've been advocating
and volunteering our time and music to make the planet a
safer, healthier, cleaner place to live.
Right now we face the most immediate catastrophic threat
Nuclear weapons could destroy the
Earth for future generations. The time has come to act.
It only takes a few seconds to help
make the world a safer place.
Click here to sign on for a world free
of nuclear weapons and the American leadership necessary to make it
Noel Paul Stookey, John
Mayer, Mary Travers, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg,
Peter, Paul & Mary to be honored
Trio to receive Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement
NEW YORK - Peter, Paul
& Mary didn’t just have hits — they gave voice to a social
movement and sang some of the most iconic tunes in pop history,
including “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Puff, the Magic
Dragon,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”
October 5th, 2006, Peter, Paul and Mary will join George and
Eleanor McGovern for an evening of reminiscing and music to
celebrate the dedication of the George and Eleanor McGovern
Library and Center for Public Service and Leadership.
WITH PETER, PAUL AND MARY,
WEAVERS, PETE SEEGER,
ARLO GUTHRIE, AND MANY MORE!
A Tribute to Harold Leventhal
Nearly two decades after WASN’T THAT A
TIME (1981) documented the legendary folk group The Weavers, in
what many thought was their last reunion, The Weavers are back -
now well into their 70s and 80s, yet as outspoken as ever. Jim
Brown’s ISN’T THIS A TIME features many of folk music's
leading lights, while honoring an unsung American hero: music
impresario Harold Leventhal. The film captures a magical
evening of a family of artists who were never stymied by hardship,
censorship or even generation gaps, bringing an intoxicating,
heart-stirring brew of American history, political chronicles and
powerful music. Certainly no one could have foreseen Pete Seeger,
Fred Hellerman, Ronnie Gilbert and Erik Darling getting together
again in 2003 joined by Peter, Paul and Mary, Theodore Bikel, Leon
Bibb, Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.
Then again, no one could have foreseen the incredible shifts and
rifts in American society that have once again sparked The
Weavers' irrepressible spirit of speaking out through music.
On October 5th, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary
Travers, along with their long-time musical director, Robert
DeCormier, gathered at Mary's home to begin rehearsals for a very
special Holiday Concert with the New York Choral Society that will
take place on Friday, Dec. 9th in New York City's historic
This rehearsal was a special happening, as it marked the first
time that the group joined voices to sing together since November
2004, when Mary was diagnosed with Leukemia. The group's 2005 tour
schedule was eventually completely canceled. Mary received a bone
marrow transplant in April and has been making a steady recovery
since that time... a recovery driven by a determination to sing
again with Peter and Noel Paul.
This particular concert will be a holiday celebration for
PP&M and the entire PP&M family as Mary returns to the
concert stage with her friends to share songs of the yuletide
season and Hanukkah.
The trio felt that the rehearsal went very well and are excited
about the performance. Mary invited an NBC film crew to her home
that day to capture some of the rehearsal moments on film,
possibly to be shown on an upcoming morning show.
August 27, 2005
It's Fall and school begins for Paul Kehoe. Paul teaches 2nd graders so he'll have his hands full of lively charges.
As you probably know, he's been printing out and responding to all of your wonderful messages and putting them in looseleaf binders. I have read every single one and as of now there are 26!
I have been feeling marvelous and just keep getting stronger. I am past 120 days since the transplant and life is beginning to be more and
Paul and I figure that what with school starting and my continued health, we should stop making the books - and just let you all know from time to time how things are going.
I want to thank you again for your incredible support. It has meant a great deal to me. Music has always been a blessing to me - and now I realize it has blessed so many of you as well.
Thank you for your many kindnesses.
P.S. We'll be touring next year!
August 17, 2005
moving right along, and suddenly we're
approaching the end of August!...It's hard to believe
that its been over eight months since we originally
posted the news about Mary's diagnosis with AML.
To say it has been a challenging year for the PP&M
Family is a major understatement, however, I'm so
pleased to report that Mary is now past Day 100 since the
bone marrow transplant procedure. She reports that
she's feeling a sense of health and steadily growing
strength. Additionally, she is producing healthy
cells. This is certainly uplifting news
worthy of celebration!
Of course, the recovery
process is a slow one, but please know that Mary
is so very grateful for the continuous messages of
encouragement and the love you've expressed for her.
To date, 25 binders have been sent to her and she has
read every single message (approximately 10, 000)!
A special thank you to those who have joined the bone
marrow registry and to those who already were registered
prior to Mary's diagnosis. We've already received
reports that some of you have been contacted to help
others in need of a transplant.
How wonderful is
I spoke with Mary today and not only does she sound
terrific, she reports that she is feeling better each
She asked me to share with all of you
that she is now at Day 58 since the transplant
procedure was done and that the donor's cells have
been doing their intended job. She's gaining
strength and so happy to be home with her husband
enjoying the beautiful summer weather on her patio.
She laughed with amazement when I told
her that I had just mailed off the 19th notebook
binder of well wishes to her. She is just so
incredibly moved by the outpouring of love and concern
you've shown for her.
So, a big THANK YOU and HUG from Mary
for your continuous support!
Mary was released from the hospital
this week, exactly one month after the bone marrow
transplant procedure, and is so happy to be home! The
graft "took" and she reports that her donor
marrow is making wonderful cells, ALL FOR
She sends her thanks for all the
wonderful messages and letters of support , encouragement
and humor that have been pouring into the PP&M Website
email and Coffeehouse since early December....
So, a warm, gracious hello from
Mary... and she'll be sure to keep the extended PP&M
family posted as to how she's doing.
I feel a bit like a ball player hanging on third, waiting
for a hit good enough to bring me home.
as ready as I can for the transplant that we will do in
another two weeks. We found a match - well, almost. Nine
points out of ten. I hate to say this but it's close
enough for folk music.
I want to
share with all of you just how much your words of
encouragement, your prayers and all of your good thoughts
and wishes have meant to me. The response that we have
received on our web site has been overwhelming; it's
impossible to really know just how many lives have been
touched by our music these past forty-four years. Now, I
know that there are a lot of you out there rooting for me
and that has made all the difference in this terrible
grateful beyond words and sustained by your many voices.
I'm sure that it's part of what has given me the strength
to fight and the drive to sing again.
So I can
only say, thank you, thank you!
National Marrow Donor Program has contacted us with a
couple of corrections (which have been made) and a big
Thank You for supporting their program. They also
asked us to pass on to those of you who can't donate
marrow, that there are other ways to help if you're
interested . These can be found on their website on the
To Help" page.
February 22, 2005
Dear Friends of Peter,
Paul & Mary who have been so kind and concerned about
As you are probably aware,
Mary has been battling Leukemia and we had hoped that the
cancer's remission would sustain. However, recently, the
cancer returned and therefore she has been admitted to a
hospital for further treatment.
Notwithstanding this new,
unwelcome, challenge, Mary's spirits are strong, her humor
intact, and her determination to beat the cancer,
At this point, her doctors
are investigating the possibility of a bone marrow
transplant and so we are reaching out to all of her many
friends around the world to see if you might be generous
enough to consider registering as a potential bone marrow
donor. Your bone marrow might be a fit for Mary and, if
not, you might be able do a great service (mitzvah) for
others who similarly need a transplant.
The National Marrow Donor
Program offers the test to
determine your blood and bone marrow specifics and can be contacted through tel 800-627-7692; an online
form at www.marrow.org;
or mail to National Marrow Donor Program, Suite 500, 3001
Broadway Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753.
Mary wants to extend her
most heartfelt thanks to all of you who sent such
beautiful messages of concern, love, healing and humor.
Paul Kehoe put them together in binders for her and she
has read each and every one of them.
Bravo for caring enough to
let Mary know how much you truly do love, respect and
Keep Mary in your hearts,
your thoughts and your prayers. It will make a
difference-- it already has.
Love from Mary's
immediate extended family circle that sends you this note.
P.S. Please do email the
website if you get a bone marrow test. We'd like to know
about each of your gestures in this regard, and be able
share your names with Mary.