Mary Turner Salter
1856 - 1938
Mary Turner Salter was born in Peoria, Illinois. Although she had never studied composition or continued with piano lessons after early studies with her mother, she had always composed tunes as an aid to relaxation. After the close of a professional singing career, she began to develop an interest in composition. While in New York City, she wrote several anthems and songs. After leaving that city for Boston, Salter enrolled at the New England Conservatory. She moved to Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1906, and as her interest in composition further she wrote many songs while there. The majority of these were written during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Salter, who was also a published poet, used many of her own poems in her musical settings. She composed more than eighty songs, most of which were published by G. Schirmer and Oliver Ditson. For further information, see "Women Composers: Music Through the Ages," volume VII and HPC 02011.