Discipline: Music Composition

Hazel Kinscella

Discipline: Music Composition
MacDowell Fellowships: 1937, 1943

Hazel Gertrude Kinscella (1893-1960) was a composer born in Nora Springs, Iowa. She studied piano with Raphael Joseffry in New York and earned a B.M. and A.M. from the University School of Music in Lincoln, Nebraska, a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska, an A.M. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She later taught as music instructor in piano at University School of Music, professor of music at the University of Nebraska, and lecturer on American music at the University of Washington. Kinscella was a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild, the Writers Guild of America, Nebraskana Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Nebraska State Teachers Association, and the Presbyterian Church. She authored and arranged many music compositions as well as Music Appreciation Readers, a six-book series in piano pedagogy and more than 60 articles. Her method of teaching piano in public schools became known as the Kinscella method and is still used today.


Monday Music

Hazel Kinscella worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, NJ, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The interior…

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