Virginia H. Bishop, who entertained audiences from New York City to Toronto with her music, died Saturday at home after a lengthy illness. She was 88.
Born and raised in Fort Edward, she was a lifelong musician who in early years played the vibraphone in the Fort Edward High School Band and contra bass in her father's group, the Bishop Orchestra.
After graduating from Crane School of Music at what is now Potsdam State College, she embarked on a career as a music educator, orchestra director and classically trained pianist.
When the 1950s organ music craze swept America, Ms. Bishop combined her bass instrument talents with her piano skills to perform popular recitals on a Hammond B-3 organ.
A member of the Musicians Union, she settled in Medina in the mid-1960s and resumed teaching piano and organ to dozens of area students.
She also enjoyed hosting private social gatherings at her home. For more than 18 years until her retirement, she continued to entertain diners at Apple Grove Inn in Medina.
She was the widow of Wesley C. Robinson.
Survivors include a son, Robin Robinson of Medina; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. today in Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, 324 Catherine St.