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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A key player in the founding the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra has died. Helen Steineker, who also served as the long time manager, passed away Tuesday following a battle with cancer.

Steineker's passing means more than an empty chair. She was a tireless, behind the scenes worker.

After leaving to perform abroad as a professional musician, she returned to Montgomery to manage the orchestra 25 years ago in which also played a violin.

Her passion for music helped to build what is now a key part of Montgomery's artistic community.

Montgomery Symphony Maestro Thomas Hinds says Steineker will be remembered for her humble work ethic.

"She did not build a career, she built an orchestra," Hinds said. "Nothing this woman did was about Helen Steineker. It was about what this group, this ensemble could do for this community."

A tribute performance in Steineker's memory is being planned for sometime in January.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Steineker was 60-years-old.

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