Dr. Randolph Foy (Randy) was teaching professor of music and conductor of the orchestras of North Carolina State University (NCSU) - The Raleigh Civic Symphony and the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra. He held degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Iowa in organ and keyboards, and a doctorate in conducting from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
His teachers have included David Boe and Fenner Douglass in organ; Frederick Prausnitz in conducting; and John Spitzer in musicology. The title of Foy’s dissertation is “Textural Transformations: The Instrumental Music of Krzysztof Penderecki, 1960-73.”
Foy conducted in the Baltimore/Washington area, and has taught at the University of Richmond; the North Carolina School of the Arts; and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where he was a founding faculty member. For 29 summers, Foy taught and conducted at the North Carolina Governor’s School (NCGS) in Winston-Salem, a summer program for gifted high school students. The recipient of several awards from the school, the NC Department of Public Instruction Division of Exceptional Children, and the NCGS Alumni Association, in 2012 he worked to insure private and continued public funding for the important program.
Foy was awarded the City of Raleigh Medal of Arts for presenting a wide variety of concerts of unusual repertoire that enhance the cultural life of the community. He was inducted into the NCSU Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE).
Randy asked that in lieu of sending flowers, donations be made to: 1) The Governor’s School of North Carolina Alumni Foundation (http://www.ncgsfoundation.org/); 2) The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Alumni Foundation, Aldrich Music Endowment (https://www.ncssm.edu/support/ways-to-give/endowments#); or 3) The Raleigh Civic Symphony Association (www.raleighcivicsymphony.org).
He is survived by his wife, Dr. May Louise Bellamy; and his brother, John Maxwell Foy.