Joseph Mastrocola. Violinist, violist, b Campobasso Province, Italy, 19 Dec 1890, d Montreal 11 Oct 1957. He studied violin in Milan and emigrated to the USA at 16, staying in Rhode Island for seven months before settling ca 1908 in Montreal; there he played in theatre orchestras, in particular at the Capitol, where he also was assistant conductor. He was the viola 1922-38 in the Dubois String Quartet and a founder-member in 1930 of the Montreal Orchestra and of the SCSM (MSO) in 1934. He was associate principal viola of the MSO at the time of his death.
See also Roméo MASTROCOLA (his son).