I'm sure I'm not alone in setting this day aside as a special one: November 1 is the birthday of Gwendolyn Koldofsky, one of the pioneers in this field, and who started the world's first degree program in accompanying at the University of Southern California back in 1949. I only had a short time to work with Madame K at the Academy of the West in 1989, but I've had the honor of knowing many people who studied with and were guided by her.
Gwendolyn Koldofsky's entry in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Rare Footage of Gwendolyn Koldofsky Playing in Lotte Lehmann Master Class
Koldofsky Memorial Benefit Recital
Some Ideas on How to Learn a Song or Aria
Last year's happy birthday post