The Hays CISD community is mourning the loss of a longtime educator who over the course of 16 years helped numerous middle and high school musicians.
Dulane Aaberg, who was most recently assigned to Barton Middle School, passed away Oct. 6, according to a Hays CISD statement. It’s not immediately known the cause of Aaberg’s death.
Hired by Hays CISD in the fall 2001, Aaberg was an all-district double reed specialist, (oboes and bassoons). He also coordinated the district’s private lesson programs. Aaberg also oversaw the hiring of accompanists for UIL solo and ensemble.
Born and raised in northwestern Montana near Glacier National Park, Aaberg completed his undergraduate studies at the Unviersity of Idaho, the Lionel Hampton School of Music and the University of Iowa.
Aaberg taught in public schools for eight years, then returned to the University of Iowa for graduate studies.
Before joining Hays CISD, Aaberg taught at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Del Mar College.
As a bassoonist, Aaberg performed several seasons with the Corpus Christi and Victoria symphony orchestras. During that time, Aaberg was a founding member of the Camerata Del Sol, a chamber ensemble that eventually performed at an international double reed conference in Birmingham, England in 2009.
“Hays CISD will profoundly miss Dr. Aaberg, but the district is grateful for the years he dedicated to helping young musicians reach their potential and perfect their talents,” said the district in a statement.