E. Geneve Lichtenwalter (1867-1951) Papers (KC0210)
In 1909, Ms. Lichtenwalter established the Lichtenwalter School of Piano Playing. One of her students was the future conductor/composer Virgil Thompson. She was active in a number of Kansas City music and civic organizations: founder and president of the Kansas City chapter of Pro Musica; an early and avid supporter of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra; a director of the Woman's Dining Club, comprised of professional, business and civic-minded local women; and active in local, state, and national music teachers' associations. She corresponded frequently with her former teacher, Robert Schmitz, and with a variety of musicians. Among her friends and correspondents were writer/philosopher Dane Rudhyar and lecturer/philosopher Will Durant.
The collection primarily contains concert programs, meeting programs from local, state, and national music societies, and other material representing Lichtenwalter's interest in classical music. She attended numerous concerts and operas locally, nationally, and abroad. Also included is correspondence from other musicians, primarily Robert Schmitz. Photo albums contain family photos and travel photos from East Asia. 1889-1951.
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