We are deeply saddened to report the passing of KSC and BCKSC President Darlene Ngo, after a courageous struggle with cancer. No one around her imagined that the end was so near, but there was rapid deterioration over her final 12 hours, and she died peacefully and without pain, Tuesday, May 20, with her husband Henry by her side. Her love, kindness, and inspiration continue in the many lives she has touched.
Darlene was a respected teacher, leader and colleague. Darlene taught in the Campbell River School District for 25 years and was instrumental in the development of music programs, specifically elementary school choirs. A kind and gentle spirit, she taught with positive encouragement, and looked forward to teaching every day. Darlene was President of the B.C. and then national Kodály Society of Canada, and she taught other music teachers at seminars and at the University of Victoria.
It is hard to imagine the many ways in which we will miss her in the “Kodály” world. Her enthusiasm and organizational skills were legendary; diligence and encouragement to others also easily come to mind. Other memories will slip into focus when we pick up a workshop handout, or review an email….her reach was wide and deep.
Darlene Ngo Legacy for Music Education
This Legacy is now an endowed fund with the Vancouver Foundation, and the Kodály Society of Canada is the named recipient of disbursements, to be used for things such as scholarships, clinician support, educational materials and music-related equipment.
You may honour Darlene Ngo’s memory and support the development of Kodály’s ideas at the same time! Find more information and then simply follow the instructions on this website: