Virginia Waring

A lifetime of music, nurture and public service cannot be detailed in a single small page of text. The multitude of accomplishments and awards which have earned Virginia Waring’s inclusion in over twenty worldwide “Who’s Who” listings must await a larger format. Born in Dinuba, California, her talent gained musical honors at Mills College, which in turn led to a full scholarship at the renowned Music Academy at Fontainebleau, France. There she studied with the greatest of that pre-war period, notably Robert Casadesus and Nadia Boulanger. While at Fontainebleau Virginia joined with another gifted American pianist, Livingston Gearhart, to form a piano duo, and in time a marriage and family. Click here for information on ordering recordings of Gearhart and Morley.

The specter of impending war brought the duo back to the United States where they toured extensively as “Columbia Artists” for thirteen years, appearing regularly on the “Fred Waring Show.”

In 1954, Virginia married Fred Waring and became not only wife and mother, but an integral part of the extensive Waring music and publishing organization. With Fred’s declining health, Virginia assumed the baton as conductor and master of ceremonies, becoming Chairman of the Board of Fred Waring Enterprises and President and owner of Shawnee Press, a highly regarded publisher of choral music.

As longtime residents of the desert communities, Virginia and Fred were instrumental in the development of a great many cultural resources, notably the McCallum Theatre and the College of the Desert. To this long list she continues the tradition by lending her name and her many talents to this International Piano Competition, now dedicated in her honor.