West Virginia, USA
GIBSON MORRISSEY was adopted in 1914 by Andrew and Mattie Morrissey, he had one sister also adopted Betty Brown Morrissey
Gibson Morrissey returned to southwest Virginia in 1952 having traveled extensively during the previous 10 years. In the fall of 1952, twenty years after Hazel Burnham conducted the first notes of Roanoke's first symphony orchestra, Mrs. Harry Dixon and Gibson Morrissey organized the Roanoke Symphony Society, an autonomous organization sponsored by volunteers and supporters to administrate a new "Roanoke Symphony Orchestra."
Morrissey travelled to West Virginia to meet Dr. Helen Thompson, the Executive Secretary of the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL) in order to start an orchestra in Roanoke. Dr. Thompson assisted in the start of the Women's Auxiliary. Morrissey invested his own funds to attract and hire musicians and with the assistance of Reva Dixon, The Thursday Morning Music Club agreed to support the new RSO.
The debut performance of the RSO was on March 31, 1953 at the Jefferson High School Auditorium. Over the following 23 years with Morrissey as conductor, the Roanoke's orchestra secured a new foothold, saw the birth of the Roanoke Youth Symphony, the introduction of the Symphony Ball fundraiser, and the inaugural performance of the RSO in the newly constructed Roanoke Civic Center auditorium in 1971. Morrissey's RSO was the beginning of the "modern era" orchestra in Roanoke. Morrissey served the RSO until his death in 1975.
Andrew Morrissey (1876 - 1954)
Mattie Lena Gibson Morrissey (1886 - 1974)
Created by: diane tahtinen griffith
Record added: Oct 15, 2013
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