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Martha Dana Shepard
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1842
Death: 1914
New Hampton
Belknap County
New Hampshire, USA


People throughout this whole section, and particularly so in this her native town, when the passing out from life was learned Saturday of Mrs. Martha Dana Shepard.
Says the Concord Monitor: "Mrs. Martha Dana Shepard, well known in Concord and all over New Hampshire as one of the leading pianists of her day and generation and who was known in musical circles as an artist who had appeared at more musical festivals and concerts all over the United States than any other living pianist. Especially was she well known in Concord, the scene of her early triumphs, when she presided at the musical festivals given yearly by Prof J. H. Morey and Uncle B. B. Davis, continuing as accompanist until the festivals were finally abandoned. Since then, Mrs. Shepard had renewed her acquaintances in Concord many times and the place she occupied in the memory of the older residents was strengthened with every visit to the Capital City."

Mrs. Shepard was born in New Hampton in 1842, daughter of Dr. John A. and Sarah J. Dana. Her father and mother were both musical, the latter being her first instructor. When she was eleven years of age her father decided that it would be to the advantage of his daughter to give her a broader education in music than the village afforded, and she was placed under the instruction of B.F. Leavens of Boston, organist of St. Paul's Church, and a pianist of note. Mrs. Shepard's debut as a soloist was made in Concord at a concert given in Phenix Hall in Concord in the early sixties under the direction of George Wood of Ashland, who was one of the most successful of the New Hampshire singing school teachers. This was followed the next week by a concert in Manchester under the auspices of Dignum's Band at which Mrs. Shepard appeared as soloist and accompanist.

She was the first soloist to appear at a musical festival given in Concord under the direction of Messrs Morey and Davis in 1865, at which the chorus numbered 1,000 voices. Mr. L. O. Emerson was the conductor and Miss Minnie Little the Soloist. Among other conductors under whom she appeared in Concord were W. O. Perkins, Carl Zerrahn, B. F. Baker and L. H. Southard. Mrs. Shepard also appeared many times with Blaisdell's Orchestra.

Of late years Mrs. Shepard had been very prominent in club circles in Boston and vicinity. She was organist and leader of the choral class of the Dorchester Woman's Club and was similarly connected with the Melrose Woman's Club. She was a member of the New Hampshire Daughters and for many years was the organist of the First Unitarian Church in Milton.

She is survived by one son, Frank Edward and a sister, Mrs. Lewis Searing, both of Denver.

Funeral took place Monday afternoon from the family home at 10 Alpha Road, Dorchester, Massachusetts. That Mrs. Shepard held a high place in the musical world was emphasized by the large attendance of friends. These represented old-time family associations and the various musical interests with which Mrs. Shepard had been identified. The choral class of the Dorchester Woman's Club, which Mrs. Shepard long directed, was represented by a large number of its members, and the club itself was represented by still others, and several organizations sent delegations. From various societies and clubs, as well as from numerous individual friends there were received many floral remembrances bearing silent tribute to the friendship felt for Mrs Shepard. >The Ashland Citizen, July 25, 1914, p2.
Created by: BL Hughes
Record added: Jul 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73651521
Martha <i>Dana</i> Shepard
Added by: BL Hughes
Martha <i>Dana</i> Shepard
Added by: BL Hughes
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