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Vera Downing Watson

Conductor of Strings

Women's Music Club of Columbus

Women's Music Club of Columbus

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Ohio Dominican


Morrey School of Music

Hayden String Quartet

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Vera Watson DowningBorn in Jackson, Ohio, Downing grew up in Lima before embarking upon a course of musical study which would take her to Chicago, Prague, Berlin, and London.A member of the Hayden String Quartet, conductor of strings for the Women's Music Club of Columbus, and assistant concert mistress (and charter member) of the Columbus Philharmonic, she also performed on viola and violin with the St. Louis and Minneapolis Symphonies.Co-founder of the Morrey School of Music (1916 through the mid-1940s), Downing was a renowned music educator, teaching at Ohio Dominican, Ohio Northern, and Miami Universities during her lengthy career.She also was active as a member of the Petes-Downing-Hartley Trio and is mentioned in We Too Built Columbus (a history of women in Columbus) for her prominent role in advancing the cause of classical music locally.She passed away in 1971.

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