Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman looks at a governor’s daughter who became a successful musician and a patron of the arts.
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Ima Hogg was born in Mineola, Texas, on July 10, 1882, the daughter of future Texas governor James Stephen Hogg. She began playing piano at the age of 3 and eventually studied music in Berlin and Vienna. In 1913, Hogg helped found the Houston Symphony Orchestra, which featured such noted conductors as Leopold Stokowski and Andre Previn. In 1943, Hogg was elected to the Houston school board, where she helped establish music programs for children. She also fought for equal pay for all teachers, regardless of race or gender. Throughout her life, Hogg received numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Southwestern University.