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Memorable Manitobans: Louise MacDowell (1872-1965)


Born at Lakefield, Ontario, daughter of Henry and Sarah MacDowell, she was educated at Aurora, Ontario. She studied piano with Dr. Edward Fisher of TorontoConservatory of Music; graduated from that institution; then studied at theLeipsic (Germany) Conservatorium der Musick; graduated from there and settledin Winnipeg in 1903, and began teaching piano. Studied later with Rafael Joseffy of New York, and in 1919and 1920 studied with Percy Grainger at Chicago Musical College.

She founded the Manitoba Music Teachers Association in 1931. She left Winnipeg for Buffalo, New York, in the 1940s, then taught music at Kirkland Lake and Aurora, Ontario. Her memoirs, Past and Present -- a Canadian Musician’s Reminiscences, were published in 1957.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 5 April 2008

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