After teacher killed, parents keep choir singing

Kathy Blair supporting her students at a coffee shop recital in August. (Courtesy: Ted Maeurer)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just days after she was found murdered in her home, Kathy Blair’s choir went through with their Christmas concert. They felt it is what their teacher would have wanted.

“She loved music,” said Becky Watt. All four of Watt’s children have sang in Blair’s choir including a daughter who currently is a member. “She was able to inspire that love for music in the kids.”

With that inspiration, most of the choir returned from their winter break to resume practicing on Monday, just two days after police announced arrests in the murder case. A small group of parent volunteer instructors will try to fill the role of someone Watt said they already know is irreplaceable.

“Choir goes on. Everyone agrees she would have wanted us to keep singing,” said Watt. “(The instructors) are just trying to help the kids to keep singing through their pain.”

Not everyone is back. Watt said a few kids could not emotionally continue to sing without “Miss Kathy.”

The choir will have a new name, the Christian Academy for Performing Arts.

As for the recent arrests, Watt said it is met with mixed feelings.

“It is good but we cannot have (Blair) back,” she said. “But it is good closure to her son and daughter to have someone off the street who had ability to do something like that.”

But with a love for God just as passionate as a love for music, Watt thinks Kathy Blair would have sympathy towards the one who took her life.

“She would be the first to ask us to forgive these poor, sorry characters who took her from us.”

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