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WILLIAMSBURG - Mildred M. Young died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on January 26, 2014. Mildred (Millie) Marie Minneman Young was born in Dayton, OH on December 12, 1923 to Edgar and Helena Minneman. Her musical career began at the age of four, singing in the choir. Millie quickly moved to her love, the piano, beginning studying with her mother at age five. She added the oboe to her repertoire in high school, then spent a year teaching piano in a grade school before entering the University of Michigan in 1943. In the music department she majored in piano, and also studied organ with noted organist Frieda Vogan. At the U of M, Millie met John Andrews. During WWII, she wrote him every day, and they were married in 1946 upon his return. After graduation, they settled in Los Angeles, where Millie worked as an accompanist, and began a family. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1960. During her two years there, Millie played for the Anchorage Community Chorus, and two festivals conducted by Robert Shaw, who invited her to come to New York to play for him. The family returned to North Hollywood, California in 1962. For six years Millie accompanied choruses and musical productions in the Hollywood and Beverly Hills school systems. Following her divorce, Millie and her daughter Lynn moved to Europe in 1968, settling in Linz, Austria. In her 20 years there, Millie worked for the Landestheater opera house, playing for the ballet, in the orchestra, and on stage. She worked as accompanist for both soloists and for the Linzer Singakademie, a community chorus founded in 1845. She also built 13 harpsichords and a fortepiano, and began her love of quilting which lasted the rest of her life. In 1988, Millie retired from the Landestheater, and returned to the United States to be nearer her family. She settled outside of Williamsburg, Virginia, and soon became part of the musical community. She worked as an accompanist for numerous voice teachers in the area, most prominently with Dr. Genevieve McGiffert, with whom she had a close working and personal relationship. When Dr. McGiffert took over the podium of the Williamsburg Choral Guild in 1993, Millie came along as accompanist, serving in that role until her retirement in 2012, at the age of 88. Through the Choral Guild, Millie met her second husband, Bob Young, and they were married in 2002. Millie traveled widely in Europe as a choral accompanist, and following her return to the U.S. she looked forward to her annual trips back to Linz. For over 25 years she supported the efforts to build a new opera house there, which opened in the spring of 2013. She was able to see performances at the new Musiktheater that May, when she made her final trip, accompanied by her daughter. In Williamsburg, Millie was a sought-after accompanist who delighted both in encouraging young singers and in supporting established performers. Her playing was always sensitive to the both the singer and the composer. Millie is survived by her children, David Andrews and his wife, Ildi, of Dadeville, AL; Lynn Trott and her husband, Barry of Toano, VA; and Keith Andrews, of Nome AK; and by step daughters Pam Young, of Williamsburg, VA; and Adrienne Young Thomas and her husband, Jimmy, of Grand Junction, CO; and by granddaughters Kristine Andrews, of Haddonfield, NJ; Athena Andrews, of Saipan; and Eleanor Trott, of Williamsburg, VA; and step-grandsons Henry Randolph, Owen Randolph, Calvin Thomas, and Peter Thomas. A memorial service will be held later in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Williamsburg Choral Guild, P.O. Box 1864, Williamsburg, VA 23187.
Published in Virginia Gazette on Feb. 1, 2014
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