Fadette Ladies’ Orchestra, The [Fadettes of Boston, Fadettes Woman’s Orchestra of Boston]
- Anna-Lise P. Santella
Boston-based women’s orchestra founded in 1888 and incorporated in 1895. Founded in 1888 by Caroline B. Nichols and Ethel Atwood, both violinists, and four of their friends, The Fadettes grew to become one of the most successful women’s orchestras in American history. The Fadettes employed over 600 musicians performing thousands of concerts in the United States and abroad during its more than 30-year career with a repertoire that, according to Nichols, included “many symphonies” and “all the classic overtures of seventy-five grand operas.”...