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date: 20 August 2019

Moore, Mary (Louise) Carrlocked

  • Cynthia S. Richardson
  •  and Catherine Parsons Smith

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(b Memphis, Aug 6, 1873; d Inglewood, CA, Jan 9, 1957). American composer. She studied in San Francisco with J.H. Pratt (composition) and H.B. Passmore (singing). By 1889 she had begun teaching and composing (a song from that year was later published) and in 1894 she sang the leading role in the première of her first operetta The Oracle. The following year she abandoned her singing career; for the rest of her life she taught and composed in Lemoore, California (from 1895), Seattle (1901), San Francisco (1915) and Los Angeles (1926). In Los Angeles she taught at the Olga Steeb Piano School (1926–43) and was concurrently professor of theory and composition at Chapman College, Orange (1928–47), which awarded her the honorary DMus in 1936. Moore was a tireless promoter of American music; she organized an American Music Center in Seattle (...

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