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GROFF, Edith

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GROFF, Edith. (Dubuque, IA, June 11, 1888-Dubuque, IA, Oct. 4, 1972). Groff, daughter of Nicholas and Anna (Winkels) Groff, began piano lessons at the age of six as a student at the DUBUQUE ACADEMY OF MUSIC. Upon her graduation, she completed post graduate and artist's courses for advanced students and then studied with Glenn Dilliard Gunn in Chicago. He acclaimed her "the finest ever to enter my studio" and arranged for her to study with Madam Teresa Carreno of Brazil, credited at the time with being the world's foremost woman pianist. An accident resulted in strained ligaments of both wrists which caused her to reduce rehearsals for planned concert appearances in Chicago.

After further study, she was asked to become a teacher of music at the Dubuque Academy of Music and, in 1938 following the consolidation of the Academy, with the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. She also made professional appearances around the nation as a piano soloist and duo-pianist. She was honored on March 11, 1962. The day was proclaimed "Edith Groff Day" by the MAYOR in honor of her last concert.



"Edith Groff to Play Final Concert," Telegraph Herald, March 6, 1962, p. 12