Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Death 12 Sep 1938 (aged 82)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Plot Block 38 Lot 3 Grave 13A
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Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter (15 March - 1938) was an American soprano and composer. She was born in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Jonathan and Mary E. Hinds Turner. Turner graduated from Burlington High School in Burlington, Iowa, and the Boston College of Music, and then worked as a voice teacher at Wellesley College and performed in churches. In 1881 she married Sumner Salter. She died in Orangeburg, New York. She was one of the founding members of the American Society of Women Composers.

Turner wrote about thirty songs. Selected works include: The Cry of Rachel, Song of April, A Der Schmetterling (from Three German Songs)(Text: Heinrich Heine), Love's Epitome, Foreign Lands (text: Robert Louis Stevenson), Life (from Five Songs)(Text: Paul Laurence Dunbar), The High Song (text: Humbert Wolfe), Wandrers Nachtlied (text: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).

Source: Wikipedia, accessed 5 Nov 2012.

New York City was listed as the place of death in cemetery records.


SALTER, Mary Turner, composer; b. Peoria, Ill., Mar. 15, 1856; d. Jonathan Turner and Mary E. (Hinds) Turner; ed. Burlington (Ia.) High Sch., Coll. Of Music, Boston, pvt. Pupil Mme. Rudersdorff; m. Boston, Sumner Salter, of Burlington, Ia., May 26, 1881. Was teacher of voice, before marriage at Wellesley Coll. Soprano at various chs., including St. Paul’s, Boston; Broadway Tabernacle, New York. Home: Williamstown, Mass.*

Source: Who’s Who in New England, 2nd Edition, 1916, Chicago, A. N. Marquis & Company, page 938.

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