Maud Powell, internationally renowned, locally unknown

This is the story of Illinois’ most famous international star, and most likely you have never heard of her.

Maud Powell was born in Peru, Ill., on Aug. 22, 1867, and grew up in Aurora where her father, William Bramwell Powell, was superintendent of Aurora’s east side school district. Her mother, Wilhelmina, was a talented violinist.

At the tender age of 7, Maud Powell’s life course was set when she began taking violin and piano lessons from G.W. Fickensher in Aurora. Two years later, the now nine-year old was riding the train on her own to Chicago every Saturday to study violin from William Lewis and piano from Agnes Ingersoll. Three years later, she was playing first violin in Stein’s Orchestra, Aurora. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>