In addition to the university scene, there were many musicians who taught and performed on a regular basis. They formed the Chapel Hill Music Teachers' Association which thrives to this day.
I was pursuing a Masters in Violin in 1965 where I met Mary Frances Boyce who was completing her Ph.D. in musicology (a name only musicians would understand - it is a degree in history and theory, as opposed to performance). Mary Frances was also a Suzuki violin teacher and persuaded me to join her, Nancy Brooks and Mary Ellen Bierk in founding the Chapel Hill Cooperative String Project teaching the then-new Suzuki method. The program took off as more parents, especially Asian parents, became interested. It is now a well established program almost 50 years later.
In 1974, Musica della Collina was formed to perform baroque music on original instruments, the first in North Carolina. Newcomer to Chapel Hill, Jane Salemson - cello, Beverly Abel - harpsichord, (later, after Beverly left for the South, Jane Harris became our harpsichordist) along with Mary Frances Boyce and Ellie Kinnaird - violins, Joyce Peck and Florence Peacock - sopranos, performed in the Dialectic Society music room with its small stage and historic portraits in Old East. Our men's auxiliary carried the harpsichord up four flights of stairs in the 19th century building without an elevator. Many evenings of music and food in a beautiful setting were spent there.
The UNC-CH NC String Quartet - Dec. 1970
102, proving that music is the healthiest of activities. I heard her play magnificently on her 100th birthday). How many North Carolina 4th and 5th grade students remember tooting away on the recorder and autoharp with the symphony, perhaps their only exposure to classical music?
We have all been enriched by the opportunities available in this university town where music and learning is valued by all.