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Salem High School Alma Mater

Barbara Butler Greene ’44 is best known for writing and composing the Salem High School Alma Mater as an SHS student. The Alma Mater was played for the first time at a 1943 football rally.

In 1963, Richard Howenstine, marching band director, requested a harmonized version of the Alma Mater. Stephen J. Navoyosky '53 wrote the arrangement for the SHS Robed Choir who used it at all chorus and choir festivals. The SHS Robed Choir presented the harmonized version at their 1964 Annual Spring Concert under the direction of F. Edwin Miller.

Click Play to listen to the 1964 SHS Robed Choir performance:


Later Stephen wrote the score for the concert and marching bands.

Barbara passed away in September 2015. In tribute, Cheryl Hundertmarck Kekel '66, accompanied by Gary Kekel '66, made this recording for all to enjoy.

Click Play to listen to Cheryl & Gary Kekel's performance:



Click HERE to read more about composer Barbara Butler Greene '44.

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