Her many friends from Dixie have organized a tribute in Salt Lake City to honor the late Roene DiFiore, for many years head of the Dixie College Program Bureau. It will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Symphony Hall, and the public is invited free of charge.
The Dixie College National Advisory Council will host a reception at 7 p.m. in Symphony Hall lobby, with Dixie College President Douglas Alder and other administrators and faculty greeting guests. Light refreshments will be served.A program at 8 p.m. directed by Ernie Doose will feature student, alumni and faculty talent, celebrating DiFiore's 25 years at Dixie.
"Her idea was to build students' self image through singing," said a tribute to DiFiore. "She believed that everyone can sing. She did not expect her students to read music. There were no auditions. The music of her program bureau came from zest and spirit.
"What did all this charisma do for students? Roene's specialty was to capture the lonely freshman, the awkward sophomore, the left-out struggler and mix them with student leaders to create a unity of friendship. That's why the students really meant it when they sang `Just Come Down to Dixie.' "
In her later years she suffered debilitating illnesses, but came to the Dixie campus every day. "Her students went to the St. George Care Center to help her make the trip to Dixie College. Whether she was using a wheelchair or a walker, she was anxious to get to the piano and `her kids' in the program bureau. Her spirit was indomitable to the end."
DiFiore died of cancer in May, having taught until the last month of her life.