Billings Symphony receives gifts endowing music director and executive director positions

Posted on: February 7, 2022

“Janet Carpenter … is being recognized for the $448,833 endowment her late husband Vincent Carpenter set up to support the music director position for the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale,” writes Rob Rodgers in Friday’s (2/4) Billings Gazette (MT). “Carpenter’s endowment joins a $1 million gift from John and Carol Green … that will support the symphony’s executive director position. ‘We believe in local philanthropy,’ Carol Green said…. [Music Director] Anne Harrigan … was floored by the gifts from the Carpenters and the Greens, whom she described as people who have rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest musicians of the last 100 years. Vincent Carpenter’s … grandfather, Elbert L. Carpenter, helped found the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, now the Minnesota Orchestra, in 1903…. Vincent spent … two decades teaching music at [Minnesota’s] Macalester College…. He helped found [Billings’s] Red Lodge Music Festival [and] served for decades on the Billings Symphony Board of Directors…. He loved the Billings Symphony and … wanted to do something that would help secure its longevity, Janet said…. The Greens felt the same.” Ignacio Barrón Viela is the Billings Symphony’s executive director.