The Gift of Music

Seems that Jimmy Hoe is still giving back to his island home.

Jimmy Hoe’s sisters presenting the gift of Jimmy’s violins – One quarter size violin and one full size violin – to the Chamber Music Society Strings Program. From left to right: Vaughn Hoe, Linda Hoe Palmer, MVCMS Board President Nora Nevin, and MVCMS Education Coordinator Kim Baumhofer. (Photo: David Stanwood)


Knowing his affection for the island, Jimmy’s family chose to present the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society with a gift in his memory – one that will keep on giving.  Jimmy’s quarter size violin, and a second, full size violin, were donated by Jimmy’s family to the Instrument Loan Program, administered by the MV Chamber Music Society.


Arthur James “Jimmy” Hoe was born in 1947 in Glen Cove, Long Island, and raised in Weston, Connecticut.  He attended schools in Williamstown and Boston, before moving to Martha’s Vineyard in 1969, where he lived until his death in December of 2016.


Jimmy led a varied and satisfying life of sailing, clamming, construction, art, fishing, golf, and more.  He has been described as a free spirit, dynamic, one who lived his life on his own terms, and who deeply loved his life on the Vineyard.


Jimmy’s two violins will join a host of instruments offered by the Chamber Music Society as part of its “Instrument Loan Program”.   Started in the 1990s, and now managed by Society Board Member Kim Baumhofer, this program loans over sixty string instruments at no cost, to island students who wish to play in the Island Strings Program.  Ms. Baumhofer also oversees the repair and maintenance of instruments, insuring that they are ready for students to play.


The MV Chamber Music Society takes seriously its Educational Mission.  In addition to the Instrument Loan Program, the Society provides lesson scholarships to help offset the cost of private lessons for students studying classical instruments.


These efforts are funded entirely through grants and donations which are always gratefully accepted.