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Virginia Vinal played the principal second violin at the Missoula Civic  Symphony's first concert 60
Virginia Vinal played the principal second violin at the Missoula Civic Symphony’s first concert 60 years ago.
Heart and Soul

Sixty years ago, the Missoula Civic Symphony performed its first concert. On that evening, UM alumna Virginia Vinal played the principal second violin.

Today, Virginia still plays violin for the Garden City.

"She is really the heart and soul of the orchestra," says John Driscoll, executive director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. "Through all of the changes, Virginia has been there as our rock—always elegant, quick to laugh and ready to chat, but serious about the music."

After a lifetime of enriching others through her love of music—as a performer, teacher and mentor—Virginia has made a provision in her will to leave a portion of her estate to the UM College of Visual and Performing Arts School of Music. It is estimated that the gift will provide enough for a full-tuition scholarship for an undergraduate student.

"Music is everything to me," Virginia says. "The University of Montana was such an important part of my education. I never had my own children whom I could educate, so I always wanted to help teach others. I hope that these resources will help students who also love music continue on their educational paths."

It is a legacy Virginia is proud to support and that is part of her own history. Virginia's mother, though never attaining a degree in higher education, forged the path through her own planned gift to the UM School of Music.

"My mother felt that education was so important," Virginia says. "She instilled that commitment and belief in me."

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