Virginia Farmer Memorial Scholarship

Meadowmount School of Music alumna Dr. Virginia Farmer passed away on June 11, 2013 in Urbana, IL. Her entire collection of violins, violas and bows was bequeathed to Meadowmount to establish a “Virginia Farmer Memorial Scholarship” fund for deserving violin students. She attended Meadowmount from 1950 to 1955 as a violin student of Ivan Galamian and was coached in chamber music by Josef Gingold and Leonard Rose.

Dr. Farmer was born in 1922 and received her undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music. In 1944, she was chosen by conductor Dmitri Mitropoulis to be one of the first female violinists in the string section of the Minneapolis Symphony. She devoted the majority of her professional life to the School of Music of the University of Illinois where she retired in 1992. An avid Baroque music enthusiast, Dr. Farmer continued performing at festivals around the world until 2000.

Meadowmount faculty member, Sally Thomas was a friend and colleague of Dr. Farmer and remembers her fondly.

Eric Larsen, Director of the Meadowmount School of Music, describes this gift as among the largest the school has received. “My sincere thanks go to Virginia Farmer for her generosity and support of Meadowmount. This gift will enable many talented students to gain the same level of training that was so critical to her as a young professional. With this scholarship, Virginia Farmer will remain alive in our hearts and becomes a significant part of Meadowmount’s future.”

For those wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Virginia Farmer Memorial Scholarship, please make your check payable to Meadowmount School of Music and include Virginia Farmer Memorial Scholarship on the memo line.

Mail it to us at:
Meadowmount School of Music
1424 County Route 10
Westport, New York 12993.

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