Helen Jean Steineker passed away December 17, 2013 after a brief illness. Helen received her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Alabama, her Master's Degree in Violin Performance from Pennsylvania State University, and her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. She served as the manager of The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra for 26 years and performed as a member thereof for more than 30 seasons. Helen was among those instrumental in starting the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Scholarship Competition, the Vann Vocal Institute, MSO's Violin and Cello Fellowship programs, the StringFellows Summer Seminar, Alabama Friends of Tanglewood, and Broadway Under the Stars. Survivors include two brothers, Al (Aimee) Steineker and Art Steineker, and a sister, Anita (Joe) Wimbish. Helen is survived by three nephews, Will Steineker, Whitt (Cameron) Steineker, and Clay Steineker as well as two nieces, Barbara (Jeremiah) Saunders and Catherine (Jake) Ray. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Helen's memory to the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2013