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Karen A. Shaffer

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: My 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.

Biography: I 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 [].


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Young adult readers

Karen A. Shaffer on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Maud Powell :
ISBN: 1885824009 OCLC: 34079241

MPF Publications : Arlington, VA : ©1994.

Maud Powell, pioneer American violinist /
ISBN: 0813809894 OCLC: 16801428

Maud Powell Foundation ; Arlington, Va. : ©1988.