Julia Lee Niebergall
Early life and education
Niebergall was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to a family of musicians. Her father played double-bass, her sister piano, and her brother percussion. Herself a pianist, she played at public events, as an accompanist for silent movies. and for ballet and gym classes. She also taught music at a high school.
She is credited with but six musical compositions, two of which—Hoosier Rag and Red Rambler Rag—achieved popular success. She was a friend of May Aufderheide, one of the most popular female ragtime composers, who also lived in Indiana, and whose father published several of Niebergall’s compositions.
Niebergall reportedly supported herself as a musician and teacher until her death.
- Clothilda (1905)
- Hoosier Rag (1907)
- Bryan Cocktail (1908)
- When Twilight is Falling (1909)
- Horseshoe Rag (1911)
- Red Rambler Rag (1912)
- David A. Jasen (2007). Ragtime: An Encyclopedia, Discography, and Sheetography. Taylor & Francis. pp. 90–91. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- Ammer, Christine (2001). Unsung: A History of Women in American Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 186. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- Edwards, Bill. "Julia Lee Niebergall". Retrieved 23 February 2014.