Amateurs, Professionals, and Symphonies: Harley Hamilton and Edna Foy

Catherine Parsons Smith

in Making Music in Los Angeles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251397
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933835 | DOI:
Amateurs, Professionals, and Symphonies: Harley Hamilton and Edna Foy

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This chapter discusses Edna Foy and Harley Hamilton, two early participants in symphonic music making. Hamilton was a prominent conductor of the first local symphony orchestra that was able to maintain itself after a few performances. Foy, a former student of Hamilton's, had a major role in the formation and development of the Los Angeles Women's Orchestra. The chapter uses Hamilton and Foy to discuss one type of organized music making, as well as show that the distinction between “amateur” and “professional” is not fully based on the absence or presence of financial remuneration.

Keywords: Edna Foy; Harley Hamilton; symphonic music making; organized music making; amateur; professional

Chapter.  6747 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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