November 16, 2022

Sharing Gratitude For James Litton’s Sensitivity, Humor, and Graciousness

To the Editor:

I read with profound sadness the obituary of Dr. James Litton in last week’s Town Topics [November 9, page 41]. In 1997, my 9-year-old son, Ben Donati, was brave enough to audition for The American Boychoir School and lucky enough to be chosen to sing under the guidance of Jim Litton. For the next four years, until he graduated, Ben learned fine musicianship and an accompanying stage presence which enabled him, together with his ABS friends, to perform both locally and throughout the country.

Jim taught Ben patience, good manners, and a love for music that continues to define Ben as an adult. As a parent who entrusted my young son to Jim Litton during those years, I was grateful back then for Jim’s sensitivity, humor, and graciousness, and I am grateful to Jim now, as I realize how his lessons have stayed with Ben all these years later.

Dana Liebmann
Pelham Street