1891 - 1942
Catherine Urner was born in Mitchell, Indiana. Opting early for a musical career, her undergraduate training, with concentrations in piano, voice and composition, was at Goucher College, the Peabody Conservatory, and Ohio's Miami University, from which she graduated with a B.A. in 1912. In 1914, Urner enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, to start postgraduate work in music. For her work at Berkeley, she received the first esteemed George Ladd Prix de Paris for 1920-1921. Urner then embarked on the first of five sojourns in France. Upon her return to the United States in 1921, she was appointed Director of Vocal Music at Mills College (Oakland, CA), a position she held until 1924. From this time on, Urner was active as a composer and concert singer, chiefly in the United States, France and Italy. For further information, see "Women Composers: Music Through the Ages," volume VII and HPC 02060.