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conductor , voice teacher.

Percy Rector Stephens, American conductor, voice teacher.


Stephens, Percy Rector was born on September 24, 1876 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Henry and Rhoda Celestine (Comstock) Stephens.


Educated University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Studied violin and composition with Professor Jacques Paul, elocution and dramatic art with Doctor Francis Lyman at Notre Dame, stage direction and played in stock repertoire with Hart Conway, voice lessons with Luman A. Phelps and various others in New York. Opera and mise-en-scene with Victor Capoul (Paris).


Began as a teacher in New York, 1897. Has contributed much toward advancement of higher standard in women’s choral singing. Teacher of Reinald Werrenrath, Paul Althouse, Jeannette Vreeland, Olga Averino, Lois Bennett, Dan Gridley, Douglas Stanbury, etc.

Prominent in investigations and research American Academy Teachers of Singing. Through Carnegie Foundn., and in association with Professor G. Oscar Russell of Ohio State University President New York Singing Teachers Association. Member American Academy of Teachers of Singing.


  • Other Work

    • Composer and arranger of choral works in collaboration with Deems Taylor. Home-Studio: 27 W. 67th St., New York.


Clubs: Musicians. Bohemians.


Married Edna Rosiland Park (composer), 1903 (died 1904). Married second, Jeannette Vreeland, September 14, 1921.

Henry Stephens

Rhoda Celestine (Comstock) Stephens

Edna Rosiland Park

Jeannette Vreeland