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Performance Hall Named for McCormicks

April 29, 2010
Gleaner Staff

The performance hall at Henderson Fine Arts Center has been named McCormick Hall, it was announced Thursday at a retirement reception for music instructor Heather McCormick at Henderson Community College.

Dr. Pat Lake, HCC president, made the announcement naming the hall after McCormick and her late husband, musician Pat McCormick, and said a number of community arts organizations as well as those at the college had enthusiastically endorsed the project, which was kept secret until the reception.

In 2008, Heather reached her 20th year of leading the Henderson Community Chorus program and in the same year celebrated her 20th anniversary of being hired as a full-time music instructor for HCC. She was also the long-time music director at First United Methodist Church before retiring from that position early last year.

Her musician husband was well-known all around the Tri-state and had a particular fondness for jazz. He worked as a piano tuner, as the church organist at FUMC and had worked as a musician at other churches, including Chapel Hill United Methodist. He died last August from pancreatic cancer.

Both McCormicks have performed at and provided support for many, many concerts and other music events in the performance hall since it opened in 1994.

Lake said the performance hall will officially be dedicated as McCormick Hall in a ceremony yet to be scheduled once signage for the building can be completed.