Journal article

Pathfinder and Role Model: Ada Bloxham, Australian Vocalist and Tonic Sol-fa Teacher

Robin S Stevens

JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

The Australian mezzo-soprano Ada Beatrice Bloxham (1865–1956) was the inaugural winner (in 1883) of the Clarke Scholarship for a promising musician resident in the Colony of Victoria to study at the Royal College of Music in London. She was the first Australian to enrol at the Royal College of Music and to graduate as an Associate of the College in 1888, and she was the first woman to be awarded a Fellowship of the Tonic Sol-fa College, London, also in 1888. After a period teaching and performing in Japan (1893–1899), she married and lived variously in South Africa, England, and France, returning to Australia in 1927. Due most probably to her marriage and family responsibilities, she appears..

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