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Powell, Maud (22 August 1868–08 January 1920), violinist, was born in Peru, Illinois, the daughter of William Bramwell Powell, an educator, and Minnie Bengelstater Paul, an amateur musician and composer. Under the tutelage of her mother, Powell began music lessons at an early age and was playing short pieces on the piano at the age of four. Her first violin teacher was William Fickensher, the head of the school district music department in Aurora, Illinois. Fickensher’s daughter Emma gave Powell piano lessons. By age eight Powell was playing the Mozart violin sonatas accompanied by her mother; her first public performance occurred sometime in 1876. Her progress was so rapid that Fickensher recommended that she continue her studies with William Lewis, a well-known violin pedagogue, and with Agnes Ingersoll, an associate of Lewis’s in chamber music performance and a charter member, along with Lewis, of the Chicago Chamber Music Society. Powell made forty-mile trips to Chicago for weekly lessons with Lewis and Ingersoll....