Benefactor Henry Javor Makes $300,000 Gift To Enhance Programs in
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'
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."
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298.