Mary Turner Salter

Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter (15 March 1856 – 12 September 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1856 (Peoria), Died 1938 (Orangeburg)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-11340 12-in. 12/7/1911 The cry of Rachel Ernestine Schumann-Heink Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


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