Elinor Remick Warren
Luck was with Elinor when her parents chose Kathryn Montreville
Cocke to be her first music teacher. Miss Cocke had received her
training at the New England Conservatory of Music and used a method
devised by Evelyn Fletcher Copp, a highly successful pedagogue who
applied the principles of kindergarten teaching to music.
In 1912, Elinor's family took her to England and the Continent for
seven months. The impressionable child never forgot the experiences of
that trip. Her diary is replete with superlatives about the musical
performances to which she was treated. Prior to leaving, she had
studied the Wagner "ring" cycle with her mother, and the
performances of Wagner operas she heard in Munich and Paris received
ecstatic attention in her trip diary. "'Siegfried,' which we saw
last evening," she wrote, was perfectly glorious and I
enjoyed it much more than I can say. The last scene of the last act --
was -- !!!! when Brunnhilde sang so gloriously."
Kathryn Cocke and a group of younger pianists, fresh from European
study who assisted her, remained Elinor's music teachers until her
graduation from high school. By this time, she had developed into a
skillful pianist and had continued composing, primarily for solo voice
During her sophomore year in high school Elinor began the study of
theory and harmony with a well-known local composer, Gertrude Ross.
Ross urged her to send some of the music she was writing to New York
publishers. Elinor chose one of her vocal solos, A Song of June,
which she sent to G Schirmer. She was surprised when the company sent
her a contract.