6/24/2008 - Former Marion First Lady to be presented in recital
By Elizabeth Hostetter
The Judson College Community School of Fine Arts will present Viola Hill Daniel in piano recital on June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Alumnae Auditorium on the Judson campus.
Daniel, a resident of Marion and retired area educator, has studied piano in the Community School since 2001.
Born in Uniontown, Daniel graduated from Robert C. Hatch High School. She received her Bachelorís degree from Alabama State University (then college), attended Mississippi State University in Starkville where she majored in library science and then transferred to the University of Montevallo where she received her masterís degree in English literature.
Daniel retired in 2000 after a distinguished 37-year career. She taught junior high social studies at Lincoln High School, 12th grade English and literature at Akron High School, was librarian at Marengo County High School in Thomaston, taught 12th grade English and literature at Westside High School in Marion and completed her career teaching social studies, English and literature at the Francis Marion High School.
She met her husband, former Marion mayor Edward Daniel, while teaching at Lincoln High School in 1962. They have one son, Eric, who lives in Huntsville, and two grandchildren.
Because of her life-long love of classical music, Daniel began piano lessons at Judson, studying first with Bill Taylor and for the past five years with Dr. Elizabeth Hostetter.
Daniel says that she is grateful that Judson College offers the Community School for those who want to participate and further their musical studies.
"Studying piano has helped me to grow, continue to learn, to stay connected with people in education by being on the Judson campus, helped my memory and has given me a good feeling to know that I can continue to learn and stay connected and interact on a higher educational level," she said.
Daniel remains active in the community volunteering with Sowing Seeds of Hope interfaith initiative, playing the piano for her Sunday School and sometimes for the worship services at Trinity Baptist Church, playing the piano for Marion girl scout programs and serving on the board of directors for the Cahaba Mental Health Board in Selma. She is also an active member of the National Education Association.
A reception will be held following the recital.
* Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.