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date: 16 September 2019

Stocker [née Prince], Stella locked

  • Carol Neuls-Bates


(b Jacksonville, IL, April 3, 1858; d Jacksonville, FL, March 29, 1925). American composer and specialist in Amerindian culture . Stocker began her study of music at the Jacksonville Conservatory. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she attended Wellesley College and then the Sorbonne. She studied singing with Giovanni Sbriglia in Paris, the piano with Xaver Scharwenka in Berlin and composition with Bruno Klein in New York. Amerindian music was of special interest to her, and she became a member of the Ojibwa people. She lectured on Amerindian music and legends both in the USA and abroad, and she incorporated melodies from this repertory in her works, for example, in the choruses for her play Sieur du Lhut (Duluth, MN, 1916) and in a pantomime, The Marvels of Manabush. Stocker also wrote four operettas – Beulah, Queen of Hearts, Ganymede and Raoul – as well as piano works and songs....

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