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Martin Lies Jr.
  • September 20, 1934
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  • May 23, 2021

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Martin H. Lies Jr. 86, of New Smyrna Beach Florida passed away May 23, 2021. Martin was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, son of the late Martin H Lies, Sr. and Emma Holzman Lies. A talented vocalist Martin had a distinguished career in vocal education and entertainment. He graduated from Landon High School in Jacksonville, Fl and went on to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fl receiving his Bachelor of Music with Honors in 1960. His studies continued and he received a full scholarship as protégé of John Brownlee at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied until 1962.
Martin had a distinguished teaching career which expanded over 50 years. He taught at Bronx Community College, C.W. Post College, Manhattan School of Music, Concordia College, Vassar College, Mannes College of Music and Metropolitan Vocal Art at Carnegie Hall. He was a recognized master teacher and expert in vocal technique and enjoyed working with young developing singers at the college level and established professionals.
In additional to his educational career, Martin was a talented performer. He made numerous guest appearances with orchestras and choruses throughout Europe, the United States and Canada with more than 2000 career performances. Some highlights include CBS Television premier of Sholom Secunda’s oratorio, “If Not Higher”, co-staring with Richard Tucker. , project three records with the Riverside Singers in 16th Century Spanish and English madrigals, Soloist Stravinsky Memorial Concert, Soloist Heritage Records, First NY performance of “Dies Natales” for solo tenor voice by Gerals Finzi., Soloist Buffalo Philharmonic and Schola Cantorum in “Carmina Burana’ and “ Cattuli Carmina” by Carl Orff., Special Services concert tours sponsored by the US Army for the civilian population in Italy and Austria as well as concerts for the military bases. He had principal roles in more than 20 Musicals at the Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, MA. And the Cleveland Musicarnival, Cleveland, OH.
Since his retirement in 1997, Martin became involved in vocal activities in the Daytona Beach area. He was the Tenor Soloist at Westminster-By-The- Sea Presbyterian Church, Daytona Beach, FL, and at First Presbyterian Church, New Smyrna Beach, FL, a member of the Bel Canto Singers, Port Orange, Fl, and had a private vocal studio for students of Spruce Creek High School and other individuals.
Martin was an advisor on career guidance and personal development to young artists referred by coaches and staff of the Metropolitan Opera, NY City opera and various management agencies including Columbia Artists Management. He served as adjudicator for the “National Federation of Music Clubs”, NY auditions and was a member of AGMA and AFTRA. He was a Finalist with Metropolitan Opera Auditions, NY regionals and winner of the Southeast division “National Association of Teachers of Singing” competition. His other interests include his family, reading, home computer, radio-controlled aircraft, and photography.
He is survived by: His Son Karl T. Lies of West Jordan, Utah and Daughter D. Elizabeth Martin of Huntington Beach, CA as well as 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

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  1. Bill and Eleanor Bishop lit a candle:
    13 Jun 2021
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  3. Lou and Pat Sones says:
    12 Jun 2021
    Martin was our next door neighbor for the past 3 years, after we moved to New Smyrna Beach. In fact Martin and Barbara were our neighbors from the time we bought our respective Sea Woods villas over 30 years ago. We would often be simultaneously in residence over those many years, on vacation pre-retirement. We were lucky to have such wonderful, friendly, interesting neighbors. Martin and Barbara were a gifted, talented, loving couple who cared deeply about each other, and their family and friends. Martin mourned his loss of Barbara every day and missed her deeply. Their spirits and voices are now reunited in peace. We appreciate all of the photos of Martin as a younger man in his prime, and especially the photo of Martin and Barbara together, such a great looking couple! Rest in peace Martin, thank you for your friendship over many, many years and for your kindness to us. We miss you and will always remember you with all of our love.

  4. Don and Martha Skinner says:
    02 Jun 2021
    Martin was a very dear friend. We have been neighbors for nearly 25 years and he will be missed by so many of us here in Sea Woods. I am sure he has already taken his place in the Heavenly choir next to Barbara !!! It is certainly more beautiful than ever now.
    Rest in peace Martin - you are missed.

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    02 Jun 2021
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  9. James Bowen says:
    27 May 2021
    It was always my great pleasure to sing tenor with Martin in the Westminster By The Sea choir. He always had a joke ready and was a great singer.

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    Martin and Brabara
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