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(married name Pratte). Born St-Jérome, Quebec September 5.. Died October
8, 1984. A renowned organist and educator.
She was the first North American to win the
Grand Premier Prix in Music.
In 1961 she also received the Prix de musique Calixa Lavallée.
Violet Archer. Born Montreal,
Quebec April 24, 1913. Died February 21, 2000. She studied music with the
best of her era. As a composer she has produced a wide variety of scores
for voice, instrumentals, films and even a comic opera. She taught in the
U.S.A. but moved to teach at the University of Alberta before she retired.
She was named composer of the Year in Canada and was the
first North American woman composer to be
honoured with a festival of her own works.
Gladys Egbert. née
Mckelvie. Born 1897. Died 1968. As a child she demonstrated remarkable
musical talent. At
the are of 12 she won a 3 year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music
in London, England. She was the first North American to win such an honour
and the youngest. She continued
her studies at the famed Julliard Scholl of Music in New York City but
turned down the opportunity to become a concert pianist so that she could
return home to Calgary to be with her mother. It was here that she would
marry and have two pianos in her living room and she would offer the
adventure of learning music to many of the best in
Alberta. In 1936 she was elected as a fellow of
the Royal Academy of Music in England, the first North American to be
granted this honour. She has been described as he world's best
music teacher. A Calgary school and the top prize at the Calgary annual
Kiwanis Music Festival are named in her memory.
Montreal Quebec, August 25, 1916. The violin is her personal instrument of
choice. She studied in Canada and the U.S.
She was the first woman soloist heard on radio when she performed under
conductor Fritz Reiner the Tchaikovsky “Concerto. “ She
Founded the New York Women’s Chamber Orchestra and when she returned to
live in Quebec in 1940 she founded and
became the conductor of the 80 member
Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra. In 1947 the women were the
first Canadian Symphony Orchestra to play in the famous Carnegie Hall in
New York City!! The Orchestra would continue to perform well into the 1960’s. Ethel has
been awarded many honours for her contributions to the Canadian music
scene. She has received an honorary doctorate from the
of Calgary, the Order of Canada and the Canada 125 Medal in 1992.
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