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One Woman in a Hundred: Edna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra

Mary Sue Welsh

Abstract

Gifted harpist Edna Phillips (1907–2003) joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1930, becoming not only that ensemble's first female member but also the first woman to hold a principal position in a major American orchestra. Plucked from the Curtis Institute of Music in the midst of her studies, Phillips was only 23 years old when Leopold Stokowski, one of the twentieth century's most innovative and controversial conductors, named her principal harpist. This book traces Phillips's journey through the competitive realm of Philadelphia's virtuoso players, where she survived—and thrived—thanks to h ... More

Keywords: Edna Phillips, Philadelphia Orchestra, American orchestra, Leopold Stokowski, harpist, woman musician, Carlos Salzedo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037368
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037368.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Sue Welsh, author