Calixa Lavallee was born in Vercheres, Quebec, Canada, December 28, 1842.
He studied in Paris under Marmontel, Bazin, and Boieldieu, and made his first public appearance when ten years old. In 1886-87 he made a concert tour of the United States. His works include a symphony, two operas, an oratorio, etudes for pianoforte, and string quartets.
He died in Boston, Mass., in 1891.