Stock, Frederick, 1872-1942

Alternative names
Birth 1872-11-11
Death 1942-10-20
French, German, English

Biographical notes:

German immigrant, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1905-42.

From the description of Frederick Stock papers, 1873-1954. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 66895323

From the description of Papers, 1873-1954. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34491655

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's second musical director (1905-1942); founder and conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Children's Concert Series; composer and an arranger of a variety of works, from popular classical pieces from established European composers to American folk-songs and works by contemporary composers.

From the description of Frederick Stock compositions and arrangements collection, [ca. 1890]-1940. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70962143

Epithet: composer and conductor

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001186.0x000213

American conductor of German birth and second conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

Born in 1872 in Julich, Germany, Stock began his career as a violinist in Cologne in 1891. Theodore Thomas persuaded him in 1895 to come to Chicago, where he played and conducted. When Thomas died in 1905, Stock embarked on a thirty-seven year tenure as CSO conductor. In Chicago he established an orchestra pension fund, instituted low-price and children's concerts, founded the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and introduced new compositions by Debussy, Ravel, Mahler, Schoenberg, and Hindemuth.

From the description of Frederick A. Stock papers, 1904-1940s. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 53400549


Loading Relationships


Ark ID:


  • Symphony orchestras--History--20th century--Sources
  • Conductors (Music)
  • Conductors (Music)--Correspondence
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Arrangement (music)
  • Orchestral music--Scores and parts
  • Manuscripts--German
  • String quintets (Violins (2), violas (2), violoncello)--Scores and parts
  • Musicians--Portraits
  • Composers--Correspondence
  • Music
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Musicians--Correspondence


  • Musicians
  • Composers--Illinois--Chicago
  • Conductors (Music)--Illinois--Chicago


  • Illinois--Chicago (as recorded)
  • Illinois--Chicago (as recorded)
  • Illinois--Chicago (as recorded)