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Women in Music


Mrs. Aloysius Louis Apfelbeck (Marie Louise Bailey) 1876
Was born in Nashville, Tennessee, October 24, 1876. She was the daughter of Dr. Patrick H. Bailey. She received from the Shah of Persia, in 1902, the Persian medal for art and science, sharing with Mme. Modjeska the distinction of being the only women in the world to receive this honor. She has also a medal for art from the Court of Coburg, and the honor of "Imperial Chamber Virtuoso" from Austria, and from the Emperor Francis Joseph, the Elizabethan medal for Art and Science, and the Golden Order of Merit of the Cross and Crown. These distinctions have been rarely conferred upon foreigners. She is the wife of Captain A. L. Apfelbeck, of the Austrian army.

Ethel Atwood 1870 ~
Miss Atwood was born in Fairfield, Maine, September 12, 1870. Is a musician of note in orchestral work. In Boston she formed the Fadette Ladies Orchestra, which was soon in such demand that she made this her profession. She studied prompting, and is today considered one of the best prompters, and the only lady prompter in the United States.

Annie Louise Carey 1842 ~ 1921
One of the noted singers produced by America. She was born in Wayne, Maine, October 22, 1842. Daughter of Dr. Nelson Howard and Maria Stockbridge Carey. Studied under Lyman Wheeler of Boston, and Giovanni Corsi, Milan, Italy, making her debut in Italian opera in Copenhagen. Was afterward a member of the opera company under Strakosch, singing the principal contralto roles in grand opera both in America and Europe. In 1882 she married Charles Monson Raymond, a banker of New York City, and retired from the stage.

Elida Dickerman Sheppard 1859
Elida Dickerman was one of her pupils. Miss Logan soon discovered that Elida Dickerman had musical talents of the highest quality, and was exceedingly proud of the progress of her young pupil, who so faithfully and indefatigably mastered every lesson she gave her. She discovered that Elida's voice had a wide range and if properly trained would win her an enviable reputation. At the age of thirteen she was taken to New Haven, Connecticut, to school, and to study music. Here her musical education was pursued until, as a young lady, she returned to Southern Illinois to practice her chosen musical profession. As a teacher, soloist and organist she has ever since been well known throughout Illinois and the Middle West. She married Charles A. Sheppard, a merchant of Carbondale.
Since the establishment of the Southern Illinois State Normal University, in Carbondale, Mrs. Sheppard has had charge of the musical department of the University.

Julia Elida Dickerman 1859 ~
Julia Elida Dickerman, daughter of Charles E. and Ellen Louise Dickerman, was born in Carbondale, Illinois, February 21, 1859. In 1869 Miss Katie Logan, a relation and adopted daughter of General and Mrs. Logan, who possessed a fine soprano voice which had been highly cultivated by the best teachers of Philadelphia and New York, came to Carbondale to reside in General Logan's family, and at the earnest solicitations of friends, among them Mr. and Mrs. Dickerman, gave lessons to a few young girls in vocal and instrumental music.

Geraldine Farrar 1882 ~ 1967
Born February 28, 1882, at Melrose, Massachusetts. Is the daughter of Sydney and Henrietta Barnes Farrar. Musical education was completed in Paris and Berlin. Made her debut at the Royal Opera House in Berlin, October 15, 1901, as Marguerite in Faust Has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Company since 1906.

Julie Rive King 1857 ~
Madame Julie Rive King was born October 31, 1857, in Cincinnati. Her mother, Mrs. Caroline Rive, was a cultured musician and pianist, being a teacher of these arts. At quite an early age, Julie became a remarkable piano player, appearing in concerts. After studying in New York she returned to her home and created great excitement by her remarkable performances as an artist. In 1873 she went to Europe to study under Liszt, appearing in public in Leipsic and other cities, where the musical world ranked her among the great pianists of the day. She won a brilliant triumph in all the great cities of Europe. Owing to the sudden death of her father, who was killed in a railway accident, she returned to the United States and very soon after this married Frank H. King. She made a tour of this country in concert, establishing her reputation as the greatest pianist in the United States at that time. In 1884, owing to failure in health she retired from the concert stage and devoted her life to teaching.

Mme. Selma Kronold
Was born in Cracow, Poland. Received her musical education at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Leipsic, where she won the Mendelssohn prize, and at the age of seventeen was engaged by Anton Seidl to sing Wagnerian roles. Is a grand opera singer of note both in Europe and America. In 1904 she retired from the stage and organized and founded the Catholic Oratoria Society and is today a director of this society and of the free vocal classes for men and women in connection with it.

Margaret Ruthven Lang 1867 ~ 1972
Born in Boston, November 27, 1867. Daughter of Benjamin Johnston Lang and Frances Morse Burrage Lang. Was a student of the violin under Louis Schmidt, Drechsler and Abel of Munich; Composition, with Victor Gluth of Munich; Orchestration under Chadwick of Boston and Macdowell. Is a composer of music for the pianoforte, solos, songs, choruses and orchestral works. Her work, "Dramatic Overture," has been performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and her "Witichis" was performed several times in Chicago under the leadership of Theodore Thomas. She is one of the most prominent musical composers of America.

Dorothea Rhodes Lummis 1860 ~ 1942
Was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, November, 1860. Her father was Josiah H. Rhodes, of Pennsylvania Dutch stock, and her mother, Sarah Crosby Swift was descended from a New England Puritan family. Although a successful student of music in the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, in 1881, she entered the musical school of Boston University and graduated with honor in 1884. In 1880 she married Charles F. Lummis, and in 1885 removed to Los Angeles, California, where she began the practice of medicine. She has served as dramatic editor of the Los Angeles Times and also musical editor and critic on that journal. She was instrumental in the formation of a humane society which was brought about through her observations of the neglect and cruelty to the children of the poor, and Mexican families, visited in her practice. She is a writer for Puck, Judge, Life, Women's Cycle, San Francisco Argonaut, and the Californian, as well as contributing many important papers to the various medical journals of the United States.

Emma Wixon Nevada 1895 ~ 1940
Born in 1861, in Nevada City, California. Her maiden name was Emma Wixon, and in private life she is known as Mrs. Palmer. Her stage name was taken from her native town. She received her education in the schools of Oakland, and San Francisco, California, and Austin, Texas. In 1877 she went to Europe to study for the operatic stage. In 1880 she accepted an offer from Colonel Mapleson, to sing in Italian Opera and made her debut in "La Sonambula" in London, England, and was at once ranked with the queens of the operatic stage and recognized as a star of the first magnitude. She repeated her triumphs in Paris and in a tour in the United States also in Portugal, Spain, and a most successful season in Italy.

Jessamine Polak (Baroness Von Elsner.) 1869 ~
Was born at Burlington, Iowa, in 1869. Daughter of Baron Hugo Bongenalav von Eisner, member of an ancient, noble family of Silesia, and Amanda Kate Dimmett, whose family was among the early settlers of Bloomington, Illinois. Baroness Von Eisner has been a concert singer both in this country and in Europe.

Caroline Keating Reed
Born in Nashville, Tenn. Is the daughter of Colonel J. M. Keating, a newspaper man of prominence in that city; was a pupil of Emile Levy; studied in New York under S. B. Mills and Madame Carreno; took lessons from Mrs. Agnes Morgan and subsequently from Richard Hoffman and Joseffy; is a successful teacher of music in Memphis; always giving free lessons to one or two pupils, as her contribution to charity and the advancement and aid of her own sex; has written a primer on technique for beginners.

Marie Van Zandt 1861 ~ 1919
Born in Texas, October 8, 1861. Daughter of Mrs. Jennie Van Zandt, the well-known singer, whose father was Signor Antonio Blitz. Miss Van Zandt was trained by her mother, as she had early displayed strong musical tendencies. In 1873 she and her mother went to London, where she studied. Adelina Patti took a personal interest in her training. Later she studied in Milan, Italy, and made her operatic debut in Turin in 1879. In 1880 she appeared in London in Her Majesty's Opera Company, winning success. In 1881 she appeared in Paris in the Opera Comique in "Mignon'' and sang there for four seasons. She sang in many of the principal cities of Europe, enjoying a pronounced musical success in her own country and was ranked as one of the foremost sopranos of her time. Miss Van Zandt married Petrovich Tzcherinoff in 1898, and has now retired from the stage.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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