Annie Glen Broder

Annie Glen Broder (b Glen, m Broder). Pianist, teacher, critic, b Agra, India, 18?? d Calgary 18 Aug 1937. Educated in England, she was a pupil of Sir Arthur Sullivan and Sir John Stainer at the RCM.

Glen Broder, Annie

Annie Glen Broder (b Glen, m Broder). Pianist, teacher, critic, b Agra, India, 18?? d Calgary 18 Aug 1937. Educated in England, she was a pupil of Sir Arthur Sullivan and Sir John Stainer at the RCM. She performed widely as an accompanist in England, wrote the manual How to Accompany (London 1893), and lectured on the art at the RAM, Dublin U (with Ebenezer Prout), and Oxford University. She was music critic for British periodicals and newspapers before emigrating to Canada, settling in Regina ca 1902. In 1903 she moved to Calgary, where she taught piano and voice. Though she said she had come to Calgary neither 'early enough to be an old-timer nor recently enough to be a novelty,' as music critic for the Calgary News-Telegram and later the Calgary Herald she was considered the 'grande dame' of music in the city. She also was a contributor to the Toronto Globe, the Winnipeg Free Press, and the British periodicals World, Pall Mall Gazette, and Musical Standard. Her composition The Ride of the North West Mounted Police, attributed to A. Glen Broder (possibly to forestall prejudice against a woman composer) and arranged for band by John Waldron, was printed in 1906 - unattributed to a publisher or place - and was used for many years by RCMP bands. She represented Canada at the Anglo-American Music Conference (1934) in Lausanne. Her pupils included the Covent Garden soprano Odette de Foras.


Further Reading

  • Morgan, H.J. Canadian Men and Women of the Time (Toronto 1912)

    Kennedy, Norman John. 'The growth and development of music in Calgary, 1875-1920,' MA thesis, University of Alberta 1952