Friend remembers Austin music teacher killed

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police say Kathy Blair was found dead Saturday inside her Northwest Austin home. We have learned that Blair ran the Christian Choral Society of Austin,  teaching music to hundreds of home schooled students. Some of her students were as young as 4 years old. Police say Blair died from trauma wounds in her home on Tamarack Trail, but they’re saying no more. They add that this appears to be an isolated incident and that there is no danger to neighbors.

She took over the Christian Choral Society of Austin, which is a high-level music program for home-school students. She taught 250- to 300 students a year, ages 4 to 18 years old. But her death still leaves a void in a tight-kit community who think her kind and passionate spirit was irreplaceable.

Richard Waller, director of the Christian Youth Band of Austin has been a close friend of Blair for the last 10 years. His two sons sang in the Christian Choral Society of Austin. Blair taught them in the master class, and Waller works with the band. They got the news Saturday.

“There weren’t any thoughts. It was just shock. And then things kicked in, what do we, what do we do for the kids now? And that’s the way she would have wanted us to handle it,” said Waller.

Ms. Kathy, as her kids knew her, stepped up to direct the group in 1997. She touched lives every class.

“Absolutely adored her and respected her also as a teacher, as a friend, and as a godly woman,” said Waller.

As leader of the group, she oversaw their summer plays, their singing trips, their volunteer missions, and the Christmas caroling. Waller says she loved the kids, was one of the finest fine music instructors, and did it all shaping the singers on how to be God’s people.

“She could share the wonderful things that music can do for us as human beings and as Christians and also a way to celebrate and glorify our lord,” said Waller.

As police investigate her death, her students and friends left behind will always remember her. She was a professionally acclaimed singer who has been on a mission the last 20 years to make sure kids were taught music well.

“Her biggest thing was her love for really teaching how to do music well,” said Waller.

Right now, home-school parents who were part of a current musical performance are meeting to figure out how to share the news with the students. A major fall production is scheduled for Thursday night. A decision is still pending on whether the show will go on.

If you have information regarding the death of Blair, call the APD Homicide tip line at 512-477-3588.

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