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U.Va. Benefactor Henry Javor Makes $300,000 Gift To Enhance Programs in Music Department

April 19, 1999 -- With a $300,000 gift to the University of Virginia, Henry J. Javor of Louisa County, Va., has created a fund to enhance performance programs in the McIntire Department of Music. Income from the endowment will provide resources for the department's performance faculty, which includes instructors in opera, early music, jazz and the full classical repertoire.

"This is a wonderful gift," said Marita McClymonds, interim chair of the music department. "It will bolster support for the excellent musicians who perform in our faculty ensembles, and who provide instrumental and vocal instruction to our students. In addition to complementing our programs in musicology, music theory and composition, their work greatly enriches the cultural life of the University and the Charlottesville community."

The department's performance faculty includes principal players in the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra, which comprises faculty, student and community musicians. Also on the faculty are members of the Guild Trio, the University's piano trio-in-residence; the Albemarle Ensemble, a wind and piano sextet; the Rivanna Quartet; and the Free Bridge Jazz Quintet.

In addition to playing in these groups, members of the department's performance faculty offer private lessons to student musicians, and they lead the department's student performance groups. These include an opera workshop, the University Singers, and ensembles in early music ensemble, wind and brass, African drumming and dance, jazz ensemble and new music.

The gift will help to advance one of four areas included in Virginia 2020: Agenda for the Third Century, a strategic planning initiative aimed at strengthening the University's programs in science and technology, international studies, public service and outreach, and the fine and performing arts. Now fully under way, the two-year planning effort was announced a year ago by University President John T. Casteen III.

A member of the University's Class of 1951, Javor is a former Los Angeles real estate developer who returned to Virginia in the early 1970s. In addition to supporting the music department and the symphony, he has been a generous benefactor to the University's School of Architecture and the Bayly Art Museum. He said he made this new gift to encourage other donors to provide funds for musical performance at the University, particularly the symphony and its principal musicians.

Javor is a member of the board of directors of the Charlottesville Symphony Society, an organization of volunteers that helps to support the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra. In coordination with the society, the University is raising funds to endow the symphony's first chairs, the positions held by the orchestra's professional musicians. Income from the endowments will supplement the musicians' part-time salaries.

"Since returning to the Charlottesville area, I have been impressed by the growing quality of the University's musical ensembles, especially the Charlottesville and University Symphony," said Javor. "I am pleased to be able to create a fund that will help to sustain these programs, and I hope others who enjoy and value their work will join me in supporting them."

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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