Annie Louise Tanner-Musin

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Annie Louise Tanner-Musin
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Annie Louise Tanner-Musin on the cover of Freund's Weekly
Other namesAnnie Louise Hodges-Musin
Known forcoloratura soprano singing
Spouse(s)Wells B. Tanner, Ovide Musin

Annie Louise Tanner-Musin (née Annie Louise Hodges 1856 - February 28, 1921) was a coloratura soprano prima donna singer based in New York City. [1][2][3]

Tanner-Musin's voice was said to span three octaves and was described as "clear as crystal, fresh as a rose-bud, and which can be compared only to a magic flute." [4] She sang on her own at private clubs and later primarily with the Ovide Musin Concert Company with her husband Ovide Musin who played violin.[5][6] The two performed together in the U.S. for at least six seasons.[4]

The company traveled extensively including two tours of Europe, two tours Mexico and visits to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.[4] [7][8] They toured the world for over a decade, despite Tanner-Musin's claustrophobia and sea sickness which made boat travel difficult.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Tanner-Musin was the daughter of Alexander Phelps Hodges and Adelaine Felton. She married Wells B. Tanner on October 17th, 1878 in Batavia, New York; he died in 1885.[11] She married Ovide Musin in New York City in 1891.[12] He always referred to her formally as Annie Louise Hodges-Musin.[9]


  1. ^ "World of Music". "The Etude" Music Magazine, May, 1921. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  2. ^ Pratt, Waldo Selden (1920). American Music and Musicians. University of Minnesota: T. Presser Company. p. 305. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ Trapper, Emma Louise. The musical blue book of America, 1916-1917. New York: Musical blue book corporation. p. 306. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Annie Louise Tanner-Musin". Freund's Weekly. 4 (3): 3. October 23, 1893. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Annie Louise Tanner-Musin (obit)". The Violinist. 28 (3): 85. March 1921. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  6. ^ "LAST EVENING'S CONCERTS". New York Times. 2 March 1885. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  7. ^ Marcus, Kenneth (2004). Musical metropolis : Los Angeles and the creation of a music culture, 1880-1940. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 204. ISBN 1-4039-7836-0. OCLC 560461479.
  8. ^ "Ovide Musin's Return". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  9. ^ a b Musin, Ovide (1920). My Memories. Musin Publishing Company. p. 177. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  10. ^ Murphy, Kerry (2017). "A Counterpoint of Critical Voices: Travelling Musicians in Colonial New Zealand" (PDF). Context. 42: 24. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  11. ^ Tanner, George (1905). William Tanner of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and his descendants. Minneapolis, Minn: Published by the Author. p. 78. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Annie Louise Hodges". WikiTree. Retrieved 3 January 2019.