Anne F. Hamer, was a former chair of the Music Department at Mary Washington College, where she was on the music faculty for 40 years teaching piano, cello and various theory courses. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano from the University of Michigan in 1936 and her master's degree in cello from Catholic University in 1949. Throughout her career, she played as a soloist and as a member of various orchestras and chamber music groups. In 2002, at age 87, she felt it quite an honor to be able to perform at Carnegie Hall when the Mary Washington College Community Orchestra was invited to perform. As a girl growing up just outside New York City, Anne had taken lessons in Carnegie Hall, and so this was a special reunion for her. Mrs. Hamer established the Anne and Sidney Hamer Music Award in 1980 following the death of her husband in 1973. Mr. Hamer performed with the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras and served as first chair cellist for the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. Anne Hamer passed away in 2008 at the age of 93. Shortly before her death she said, "Life has been very good to me and I hope that I have been very good to life." Her son, Hal and his wife, Joyce, are the family representatives for the award.
Photo: Anne Hamer