Jack Renner

April 13, 1935- June 19, 2019

Renner age 84, passed away June 19, 2019 at his home in Rhode Island. Jack received the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from The Ohio State University and went on to teach, conduct and perform. He co-founded Telarc, the Cleveland-based international record label he formed with his partner Robert Woods in 1977. Telarc made over twelve hundred recordings which were recognized with more than fifty Grammy Awards. Jack was nominated 25 times and won eleven Grammy Awards. In 1990, he was recognized as an outstanding alumnus at The Ohio State University School of Music. In 1997, the Cleveland Institute of Music where he taught audio recording for thirty years, granted him an honorary doctorate of Musical Arts. In 2004, he received the American Bandmasters Association's Edwin Franko Goldman citation for his life long passion for and promotion of concert band music in America. He retired from Telarc in 2006 and went on to serve as co-chair of the Edwin Stanton Audio Recording Institute at the Aspen Musical Festival for four summers. Mr. Renner is survived by his wife, Barbara, and three children Elizabeth (John), Scott (Rebecca), and John (Copeland) and six grandchildren. A private burial service will be held in Ohio. Memorial service plans will be announced at a later date. In honor of Jack's lasting legacy comprising several generations of C.I.M. students and of his love for the stellar acoustics of Mechanics Hall- his favorite recording venue, tax-deductible donations can be made to the Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106 or to Mechanics Hall, c/o Kathleen Gagne, Executive Director, Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01680.

Published in The Plain Dealer on June 30, 2019

Jack was an integral member of the Newport Photographers' Guild for more than a decade.  While he served as president in 2009-2010, his efforts as the long time program chair for the organization will be what he is most remembered for.  Jack seemed to know all the stars in the world of photography and was able to entice them to Newport to present to our members. Jack happily shared his knowledge of photography and enjoyed discussing the current issues faced by many of us.  A thumbs up from Jack for one of your images was a real accomplishment as his standards were high and he plainly shared his comments without apology.




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