Julia Lee Niebergall

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Julia Lee Niebergall (15 February 1886 – 19 October 1968) was a musician and ragtime era composer.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]


  • Clothilda (1905)
  • Hoosier Rag (1907)
  • Bryan Cocktail (1908)
  • When Twilight is Falling (1909)
  • Horseshoe Rag (1911)
  • Red Rambler Rag (1912)


  1. ^ David A. Jasen (2007). Ragtime: An Encyclopedia, Discography, and Sheetography. Taylor & Francis. pp. 90–91. ISBN 9780415978620. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Ammer, Christine (2001). Unsung: A History of Women in American Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 186. ISBN 9781574670615. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Bill. "Julia Lee Niebergall". Retrieved 23 February 2014. 

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