Thursday December 13, 2012
More than 150 relatives and friends of South Burlington resident Lynn Fife attended a dedication ceremony at the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association (VYOA) on the evening of November 17th, where the organization’s large rehearsal space was named the Charles Lynn Fife Orchestra Room in recognition of Fife’s decades-long commitment to involve his children in classical music.
The dedication was made possible by a generous gift from his son, John Fife, on behalf of all eight of Fife’s children. The event included a performance by approximately 50 violin students ranging in age from four to seventeen—all pupils of Fife’s daughter, Carolyn Bever of Essex Junction—and two of Fife’s grandchildren.
Fife, an associate professor emeritus at UVM, was recognized by many who spoke at the dedication ceremony as a person whose love of people has touched the lives of many, encouraging hundreds of children, including his own, to develop a love of listening to, and playing, all types music. His family has been associated with the VYOA in numerous ways for more than 20 years.
The orchestra room is a large venue adjacent to the performance hall that not only hosts rehearsals by various VYOA ensembles and choruses, but also serves as a rehearsal and performance venue for a number of area performing groups, such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and Green Mountain Mahler Festival. It also serves as the class location for a number of area social service organizations such as VSA Vermont and Champlain Community Services.
SOURCE: Vermont Youth Orchestra Association