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Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (Ellen Taaffe Zwilich/ FSU)

Ellen Zwilich

Earning a B.M. from Florida State University in 1960, Ellen Taafee Zwilich began her professional career as a violinist. After moving to New York City to work with Leopold Stokowski and the American Symphony Orchestra, Zwilich enrolled at Juilliard, later becoming the first American woman to earn a Ph.D.