Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter

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Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter (15 March 1856 – 12 September 1938[1]) 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.[2] She was one of the founding members of the American Society of Women Composers.[3]


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)[4]


  1. ^ Musicnet Codex. Accessed 25 November 2015
  2. ^ Marquis, Albert Nelson. Who's who in New England, Volume 1 (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  3. ^ Block, Adrienne Fried (1998). Amy Beach, passionate Victorian: the life and work of an American composer (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-507408-4. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Composer: Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter (1856-1938)". Retrieved 16 October 2010.[permanent dead link]

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