The Baylor University community and Christian music fans are mourning the death of writer and composer Kurt Kaiser.
The 83-year-old passed away on Monday after battling an illness.
While many students did not know Kaiser in person, they say they respect him and his love for God and music.
The Baylor University Men’s Choir credits the music composer and producer for teaching them the value of music.
“God gives us this wonderful avenue to be able to praise even when we don’t have the words to do,” says choir member Heath Holland.
Kaiser had a long history with the school.
“Mr. Kaiser arranged one piece for the Baylor Men’s Choir and it has always been a pleasure to be able to sing it whenever we go on a tour and we close all our concerts with this song,” Holland says.
The song writer is praised for his youth choir movement.
“It is so difficult nowadays to get young people get invested in a church and music, and his work really tried to bring them in,” says choir member Bryce Reed.
Kaiser received the American Society of Composer’s Medal of Service for his lifetime achievement in music composition. But to Music Professor Randall Bradley, he was more more than just a composer – he was also a dear friend.
“He was a warm gentleman. He was a person who encouraged others to reach out and try to make this world a better place,” Bradley says.
Students vow they will never forget Kaiser’s legacy.
“He gave us music. Something that I personally could not live without. And to be able to give back to him using that gift that he has given us is one of the best parts of our lives,” Reed says.
Kaiser’s children emailed a statement on Tuesday afternoon:
“Dad showed us what it means to be a loving husband, a dedicated father, and a truly humble person of faith. Those are values we will always carry with us.”
Funeral services are pending.