Individual Author Record
Name: Karen A. ShafferPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionMy subject is the first great American violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920) who was born in Peru, Illinois, and grew up in Aurora, Illinois, studied in Chicago and toured throughout the world. She performed frequently in Illinois as a recitalist and as soloist with the Theodore Thomas Orchestra and the Chicago Orchestra, conducted by Theodore Thomas and Frederick Stock. She pioneered the violin recital in America. She was a pivotal figure in the development of classical music in America and a strong advocate for women in music. She introduced the Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Sibelius violin concertos to American audiences and won international acclaim for her artistry, ranking with the greatest violinists of her day. She was the first instrumentalist to record for Victor's Red Seal label (the Celebrity artist series). Her life and art are inspirations for young people today.
Biographical and Professional InformationI am the founder and president of The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education, devoted to preserving the legacy of the pioneering American violinist Maud Powell and to writing women back into music history through our online magazine Signature, Women in Music.Shaffer was also responsible for the music compulation and introductory notes of the first volume of the four volume set - Maud Powell Favorites. The set was edited by Rachel Barton Pine and published in 2009 by The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education. All of the books listed here can also be ordered from the The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education web site at [http://www.maudpowell.org http://www.maudpowell.org].
- Maud Powell, Pioneer American Violinist, Iowa State University Press, 1988 - with Neva Garner Greenwood
- Maud Powell, Legendary American Violinist, Maud Powell Foundation, 1994
Titles At Your Library
Maud Powell: Pioneer American Violinist
ISBN: 0813809894 Iowa State Pr. 1988 Book by Shaffer, Karen A., Greenwood, Neva Garner
Maud Powell: Legendary American violinist (Women in music)
ISBN: 1885824009 Distributed by the Maud Powell Foundation. 1994 By Karen A. Shaffer. Published by the Maud Powell Foundation, Arlington, Virginia. For aspiring young musicians