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Julio Racine

February 4, 1945October 11, 2020
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Julio Racine, 75, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Julio was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti on February 4th 1945. At the age of 2 he lost his mother and was taken in by his grandmother who made sure he grew up surrounded and supported by family. Julio grew up loving music and at age 15 he entered the National Conservatory in Haiti where he studied flute. In 1970 he came to the United States to study music performance on scholarship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. While in Kentucky he met the love of his life Nina Ralph who he married. In 1974, after graduating from U of L, Julio returned to Haiti accompanied by his bride and they began their life together united in a mission to bring music education to young people in Haiti.

Julio was appointed flute professor and orchestra conductor at the École de Musique Saint Trinité of the Haitian Episcopal Diocese in 1976. A gifted teacher and natural leader, Julio mentored young musicians and became a pillar in the classical music world in Haiti. A great joy in his life was seeing his students, among which were his own three children, grow into accomplished musicians. As the conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité he toured the United States where they performed at Tanglewood. In Haiti, Julio worked at the Holy Trinity Trade School where he began as an electronics teacher and became the director of the school, a position he held for more than two decades. In the year 2000 Julio retired and emigrated to the United States and moved to Louisville Kentucky. He was recipient of the Wilson Wyatt Alumni Award for the University of Louisville School of Music in 2017. He received an award in Boston at the 2013 YoFestival for his contribution to music education of Haitian youth. During his retirement Julio has dedicated his life to composition and served as a champion for Haitian music. His original works and arrangements have been performed around the world. His compositions have been performed by the Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Civic Orchestra, and numerous solo artists in Spain, France, Greece, Haiti and Latin America. Considered an expert in Haitian Music, his collaboration was invaluable to many musicologists and historians. Julio believed in the power of music to change lives and lived his life serving as a champion of music education and for the preservation of Haitian Folkloric music.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lea Delva and Jules Cesar Racine; brothers, Lys, and Joseph Racine.

Left to cherish Julio’s memory is his loving wife of 46 years, Nina Racine; children, James Racine (Chenica), Cynthia Racine (John Tran), Marie Montilla (Jorge); 6 grandchildren; siblings, Wesner Racine, Rose Marie Racine, Adeline Racine; and several nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Service will be Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:00pm at Evergreen Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 11:00am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Please visit www.Evergreen-Louisville.com to share condolences with Julio’s family.

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  • He was preceded in death by his parents, Lea Delva and Jules Cesar Racine; brothers, Lys, and Joseph Racine.


    Left to cherish Julio’s memory is his loving wife of 46 years, Nina Racine; children, James Racine (Chenica), Cynthia Racine (John Tran), Marie Montilla (Jorge); 6 grandchildren; siblings, Wesner Racine, Rose Marie Racine, Adeline Racine; and several nieces and nephews.

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John Koehlinger

October 17, 2020

Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) resettled a number of medical evacuees from the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Several of these clients were disabled and needed long-term case management. A decade later, our agency is still in touch and providing assistance to some of them. During this period, KRM partnered with Julio Racine, who served as our bilingual interpreter for these clients. In his care and concern for these Haitians, Julio's role extended far beyond that of an interpreter. He became a trusted friend to many members of the KRM staff. Even in difficult situations, he always had an warm, gracious manner. He was a gentleman and humanitarian through and through. He alluded to his profession as a composer and musician, but I and other KRM staff were not aware of the all the honors and accolades he received during his illustrious career in music. All members of the KRM staff send our deepest condolences to Julio's family. We also mourn his passing. But knowing Julio, there is no doubt he left a legacy of kindness, light and grace. --John Koehlinger, Executive Director, KRM

Aneesah Nu'Man

October 17, 2020

I did not know Mr. Racine, but I did, through his children. Marie, my trusty, mature, worldly friend in college taught me that integrity, kindness, and brilliance are universal qualities that we should all aspire to have. Marie, who grew up in Haiti, but attended the University of Louisville with me embodied all these qualities. She spoke English, French, and Spanish and showed me another way to "be" as a black woman: she fixed my crown even when I didn't know I wore one. Years later my children would land at Kentucky Country Day School where James teaches orchestra. He is a phenom as a violinist and as a teacher. Everyone loves him, whether you are in the orchestra or not. During the pandemic, when most teachers were struggling to use Google Classroom, he accomplished impossible feats by digitally conducting his class of musicians and creating a virtual concert that our school community (and the world) could enjoy.

Mr. Racine, if your children are anything like you, I'm sure the angels and the ancestors in heaven are lined up to tell you "well done."

Giscard Nazon

October 16, 2020

Please accept my condolences as we mourn the loss of Julio Racine. He was an inspiration to me. I was privileged to be able to look up to him as an accomplished musician, and especially as a contemporary Haitian composer of the art music genre we both cherished. I have nothing but admiration and respect for Monsieur Racine. 🎶 Nina, Cynthia, Marie and James, I pray for courage and comfort for your family in this difficult time.

Daphnée Alexandre-Léger

October 16, 2020

Le Parrain s’en va, mais tout comme lors de tes visites à la maison , tu nous quittes en nous laissant de bonnes choses. Merci d’avoir été notre fierté toutes ces années, merci pour tant d’amour, merci d’avoir été ce modèle pour Claude et moi , et surtout merci d’avoir laissé tes traces. Je saurai où te joindre lorsque j’aurai besoin d’entendre ta voix rassurante.
Oui, tu peux reposer en paix , oncle Julio!
LaJolie

Ferere Laguerre

October 16, 2020

It is with a lot of emotion that I learned about the passing of Julio Racine. Julio was more than our orchestra conductor. He was a mentor, teacher, motivator and a true friend who cared deeply about the well-being of every musician. Approachable and a great listener, he was always available to lend a ear, give the best advice possible and a plausible solution to any situation. I am grateful to have known him during my time as a member of OPST. I have many fond memories of Julio and the orchestra and he will be truly missed. My deepest sympathy to Nina, Cynthia, Marie-Sue, James and the rest of the family. Julio touched a lot of lives and leaves a great legacy.

Danex Merilien

October 16, 2020

Ce n'est pas si simple de dire « au revoir et merci » ! C'est extrêmement compliqué, très douloureux parfois.
Met Racine , bon travèse'... et mèsi ampil…….

Claude et Daphnée Alexandre

October 16, 2020

Le Parrain s’en va, mais tout comme lors de tes visites à la maison , tu nous quittes en nous laissant de bonnes choses. Merci d’avoir été notre fierté toutes ces années, merci pour tant d’amour, merci d’avoir été ce modèle pour Claude et moi , et surtout merci d’avoir laissé tes traces. Je saurai où te joindre lorsque j’aurai besoin d’entendre ta voix rassurante.
Oui, tu peux reposer en paix , oncle Julio!
LaJolie & Claude

Nadine Perrault

October 16, 2020

I will remember Julio as a compassionate teacher, someone you can rely upon. Julio has taught me so many things, not only about the flute and music but also about life itself, encouraging me to always do my very best. I was thrilled and honored when Julio asked me to be James's flute teacher. This was his way to show me that he trusted me and that I was ready to become a flute teacher. I will treasure all the wonderful memories and moments spent with Julio, our flute lessons, concerts, rehearsals, and most of all our conversations and his wise advice. My deepest sympathy to Nina, Cynthia, Marie-Sue, James and the rest of the family.

Judith Princivil-Denis

October 16, 2020

Maitre Racine, you were an exceptional man, musician, composer, advisor, husband, father, boss and go to person.

You have touched many lives during your passage on Earth.

Even though you were strict; that quality helped shape many of us! In result, most of us have became great leaders, professionials, composers, and musicians. We are and will be forever grateful for what you instilled in us.

My deepest condolences to his wife Nina
"my beloved violin teacher" and family.
"Maitre la" you are gone too soon, but will never be forgotten. The legacy you left behind will live on forever.

Respectfully,
Judith

Anne-Carine Exumé

October 16, 2020

I became acquainted with Julio and his music through Chansons d’Haiti, a project birthed by Karine Margron, soprano, researcher and a dear friend of mine. Since 2009, Julio has dedicated much of his time and expertise in arranging and orchestrating Haitian traditional songs. They are now available to students in Haiti and the diaspora, in the 11 volumes of Chansons d’Haiti.
It is with a heavy heart that I learn of the passing of a beloved icon of the Haitian classical music community. I have had the honor of performing many of his songs for voice and piano and his music has not only touched me deeply, it has given a direction to my career as a vocal performer.
Although he is gone, his music remains part of our lives and his legacy will live on for future generations of Haitian musicians to come.

Bon travèse Julio!

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Biography

Julio Racine, 75, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Julio was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti on February 4th 1945. At the age of 2 he lost his mother and was taken in by his grandmother who made sure he grew up surrounded and supported by family. Julio grew up loving music and at age 15 he entered the National Conservatory in Haiti where he studied flute. In 1970 he came to the United States to study music performance on scholarship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. While in Kentucky he met the love of his life Nina Ralph who he married. In 1974, after graduating from U of L, Julio returned to Haiti accompanied by his bride and they began their life together united in a mission to bring music education to young people in Haiti.

Julio was appointed flute professor and orchestra conductor at the École de Musique Saint Trinité of the Haitian Episcopal Diocese in 1976. A gifted teacher and natural leader, Julio mentored young musicians and became a pillar in the classical music world in Haiti. A great joy in his life was seeing his students, among which were his own three children, grow into accomplished musicians. As the conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité he toured the United States where they performed at Tanglewood. In Haiti, Julio worked at the Holy Trinity Trade School where he began as an electronics teacher and became the director of the school, a position he held for more than two decades. In the year 2000 Julio retired and emigrated to the United States and moved to Louisville Kentucky. He was recipient of the Wilson Wyatt Alumni Award for the University of Louisville School of Music in 2017. He received an award in Boston at the 2013 YoFestival for his contribution to music education of Haitian youth. During his retirement Julio has dedicated his life to composition and served as a champion for Haitian music. His original works and arrangements have been performed around the world. His compositions have been performed by the Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Civic Orchestra, and numerous solo artists in Spain, France, Greece, Haiti and Latin America. Considered an expert in Haitian Music, his collaboration was invaluable to many musicologists and historians. Julio believed in the power of music to change lives and lived his life serving as a champion of music education and for the preservation of Haitian Folkloric music.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lea Delva and Jules Cesar Racine; brothers, Lys, and Joseph Racine.

Left to cherish Julio’s memory is his loving wife of 46 years, Nina Racine; children, James Racine (Chenica), Cynthia Racine (John Tran), Marie Montilla (Jorge); 6 grandchildren; siblings, Wesner Racine, Rose Marie Racine, Adeline Racine; and several nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Service will be Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:00pm at Evergreen Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 11:00am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Please visit www.Evergreen-Louisville.com to share condolences with Julio’s family.

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