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The names appearing below are just a fraction of the Canadian women of accomplishment. Check out The Famous Canadian Women 's section ON THE JOB  which contains mini profiles of 2000 Canadian Women of Achievement.

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Francoise Aubut. (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.
 

Ethel Stark.  Born 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 University of Calgary, the Order of Canada and the Canada 125 Medal in 1992. 

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