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Amelia Muller Fay was an American concert pianist, manager of the New York Women's Philharmonic Society, and chronicler best known for her memoirs of the European classical music scene.


Fay, Amy was born on May 21, 1844 in Bayou Goula, Louisiana, United States. Daughter of Review Charles and Charlotte Emily (Hopkins) Fay.


Studied music in Europe under leading teachers.


A pupil of Theodor Kullak, Fay traveled to Europe to study with Franz Liszt, eventually writing a comprehensive biographical sketch of the artist that can still be read today, as a part of the memoirs of her travels and studies in Germany. She was the third of six daughters and the fifth of nine children of the Rev. Charles Fay and Emily (Hopkins) Fay of Louisiana and St. Albans, Vermont and Charles Jerome Hopkins's niece.

Her sister, Rose Emily Fay, married Theodore Thomas. Amy Fay studied piano under Professor John Knowles Paine of Harvard and at the New England Conservatory of Music. Deppe's technique for piano revolutionized her playing and served as the method she herself was to use for her students in the years to come.

On returning to Boston, Fay became well known for her piano "conversions": recitals preceded by short lectures. She moved to Chicago and New York, where she was associated with the Women's Philharmonic Society of New York. She died on November 9, 1928.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Music Study in Germany (20 edits.) and has been translation into French and German and reprinted in England.


Review Charles Fay

Charlotte Emily (Hopkins) Fay