Music: Ladies in Chicago

In Europe, symphony orchestras and opera houses are affairs of state. In the U.S., they are supported by private endowments, contributions and subscripions. Most of the money that goes to support music in the U. S. is made by business and professional men, spent by their wives. The financing and management of most highbrow U.S. music is the hands of women.

Largest music-boosting organization in the world is the National Federation ot Music Clubs. Its 400,000 women members range from smalltown Thursday Afternoon Choral clubwomen to sponsors of Metropolitan symphony and opera seasons.

Last week the Federation's board of directors met in...