Mission: to seek and share inspiration

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Spotlight on Mace Justice


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Mace Justice’s support of music and the arts in the community has grown from a seed planted in his childhood. His father was a church soloist and his mother was an amateur pianist, so music naturally became an integral part of Mace’s life as well. He played clarinet in the high school band and orchestra, and he has sung in church and community choruses most of his life. His sister, Judy Justice, was a violinist who toured Germany soon after World War II. Mace recently penned a book lovingly chronicling his sister’s journey.

A Fiddler’s Journey has been described as an “adventure of a young woman finding her way around Europe during the breaking of centuries of patriarchal and male-dominated traditions as she struggles to perfect her craft and find her niche as a violinist.” Mace’s writing is a fine and lasting testament to her musical legacy.

Now a retired school teacher of Advanced Placement English at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Mace has been an active supporter, volunteer and subscriber of the CSO for over 50 years. He has provided financial support for commissions, broadcasts, the appearances of guest artists, as well as general operating support. This season he is supporting the guest appearance of conductor Gilbert Varga (Mace’s sister, Judy, performed with Mr. Varga and was very much a fan of his work), who will lead the CSO May 12–13, 2017. Mace has also supported the commission and premiere of works that have been recorded for distribution around the world, ensuring the CSO’s ability to be a place of experimentation and an ambassador of the city of Cincinnati. These works include Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 2, Naqoyqatsi, which was released in March of 2013, and Zhou Tian’s Concerto for Orchestra, which will be released as part of a Concerto for Orchestra commission compilation disc this fall.

Mace has also honored his parents by endowing a Chair for the Associate Principal Second Violin. As a member of The Thomas Schippers Legacy Society, he has ensured that his legacy will live on as a valued part of the CSO family by naming the CSO as a beneficiary of his Charitable Remainder Trust.
As a volunteer for the CSO, Mace led his fellow volunteers by writing a comprehensive guidebook for those providing tours of the Orchestra’s home, historic Music Hall.

On June 22, 2016, Mace was honored at the 18th Annual Voices of Giving Awards ceremony presented by the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council at the CET studios. The Voices of Giving Awards pay tribute to those Greater Cincinnatians who—out of selflessness, generosity and foresight—have chosen to make a bequest or planned gift to a favorite charitable organization.

The CSO is immensely grateful to Mace Justice for his ongoing support and dedication to helping the Orchestra to achieve its mission of seeking and sharing inspiration. His gifts ensure that the CSO remains a model for orchestras and arts organizations around the world, with steadfast commitment to extraordinary artistry.