Tours for visitors to the Carolina Music Museum are a joy! Universally everyone is taken, struck by, the instruments, their beauty, their sound and the fact that unlike most museums you can actually get close to and touch, even play, history! They ask all kinds of questions, “What kind of wood is that?”, “Why aren’t there any pedals on the harpsichords?”, “Where did he find this all of these instruments?”, “Who invented the piano?”, and dozens more. Many ask, “What are these signs next to the instruments for?” They are talking about these:
These little pedestal signs honor those donors who have “adopted instruments”. The brilliant idea of our Director of Development, Debra Strange, has resulted in eleven instruments now having funds set aside for a period of five years to cover any repairs that may be needed. Each month, our newsletter will highlight one of those donors who have made a contribution to the museum for the proper care of these historic instruments. And, the first adopters were Bianca and Craig Walker.
A graduate of Tulane University with a major in Russian and Soviet Studies and a minor in French, a language in which she is fluent, along with Polish, Bianca brings over 20 years of service to the arts and international communities both in Greenville, SC and in Texas. She worked with the University of Texas at Austin organizing programs for over 1000 international leaders through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. She worked for the Office of the Governor in Texas, managing Aerospace Business Development and The University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute as a Business Development Manager for a Lockheed Martin Offset Program with Poland. She spearheaded an international children’s festival in Austin coordinating cultural organizations and international restaurants to bring the world to Austin.
Since moving to Greenville 7 years ago, she has held positions as Board Member and Board President of The Warehouse Theatre for 4 years, effectively working to help raise over $40,000 for their 40th year anniversary. Currently she serves on the Board of Team Greenville, a nationally ranked Bronze level swim team with over 200 swimmers. She successfully organized a Swim-a-Thon, raising over $23,000. Happily married to Craig, they have 2 children, Liam (16) and Sylvia (12) and she enjoys travel, tennis and gardening.
Craig is the CEO/Founding Partner with VidiStar, and helps lead the company’s operations, business development, software development, regulatory affairs, and strategic growth initiatives. Walker started VidiStar in 2004.
Receiving his Masters in Health Administration from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Craig was the Chief Executive Officer of Chester Regional Medical Center, Interim CEO for Livingston Medical Center and VP of Business Development for Memorial Health System of East Texas. He also served as Assistant Vice President and Associate Administrator of Tenet HealthCare Corporation’s Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center in Houston, was Vice President of Public Policy and Development for Healthcare Computer Corporation, worked as a lobbyist for the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, and was Chairman of the American Telemedicine Association’s Industry Advisory Board.
Craig is the co-inventor on US patents (7,956,894, 7,899,686, 8,126,741, and 7,885,822) and is the primary inventor on patent (8,200,505). He is on the board of SCBio, a South Carolina Bioscience organization, and supports the Friends for Reedy River of Greenville, SC.
Bianca and Craig, we are so pleased you support the museum and its future!