Virginia McCarthy, Violin
Ginger is originally from Charlotte, NC, where she began her private studies with William Tritt. She later studied with David Moskovitz at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, graduating magna cum laude. Ginger continued her studies at the University of Illinois with Paul Rolland, before joining the Oregon Symphony. “I’ll just try Oregon for a year or two, to see if I like playing in an orchestra, before I settle back in North Carolina,” she said in 1977.
Having begun her musical studies in elementary school, Ginger notes that without the opportunity to have participated in her local public school’s string program, she would not be where she is today. She feels strongly that arts education should be an important part of the public school curriculum. “It’s a shame to see our schools lose funding and cut music programs,” she says. “Young musicians growing up today struggle to get the preparation and training necessary to compete in the future for careers as professional musicians.”
Ginger has been an adjunct professor at both Linfield and George Fox Colleges, and has played music festivals at Interlochen, Brevard Music Center, and Sunriver. She lives with her husband, Michael, who is Regional Counsel for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and has two children, Piper and Brandon Iles.
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