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Blanche Bloch

Blanche Bloch helped open new opportunities for women in music as both a founding member and conductor of the New York Women’s Orchestra. Bloch studied piano in New York, Berlin, and Vienna and learned conducting under Chalmers Clifton of the National Orchestra Association. She married Alexander Bloch, a violinist and conductor, and accompanied him in his 1913 New York debut. The couple performed together for the next decade, specializing in violin and piano sonatas, and also collaborated on a children’s operetta, Roeliff’s Dream, with Alexander composing the music and Blanche creating the libretto. Beyond her joint ventures with her husband, Bloch conducted the New York Women’s Orchestra throughout the 1930s and taught at the Out-of-Door School in Sarasota Florida from 1934–1937 and Rollins College from 1936–1943. When her husband was named conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony in 1950, a post he held for eleven years, the couple found a new way to collaborate: Bloch offered a music lecture before each concert. She also wrote two mystery novels, The Bach Festival Murders and The Strange Case of Mr. Crawford.

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"The Bach Festival Murders" Front Cover by Blanche Bloch
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The Bach Festival Murders font cover by musician, composer, educator, and author, Blanche Bloch.

Date of Birth
December 20, 1890
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
March 5, 1980

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Blanche Bloch." (Viewed on March 18, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/bloch-blanche>.


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