- Walter B. Bailey
(b nr Silverton, TX, March 17, 1899; d Palm Springs, CA, May 23, 1994). American composer. After studying the piano with European-trained teachers in Clarendon, Texas, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas, she enrolled at the American Conservatory, Chicago (BM 1921), where she studied with Heniot Levy, among others. She later studied the organ with Marcel Dupré in Paris (1923), the piano with Adele aus der Ohre in Berlin (1924) and composition with Albert Noelte in Munich (1924), where her first works were performed in 1926. Later that year, she accepted a post at the Girvin Institute of Music and Allied Arts, Chicago. Her orchestral work, Heroic Poem, won the Juilliard National Publication Prize in 1945; other orchestral works were performed by the Illinois SO and the Chicago SO. In 1935 and 1936 Britain was resident at the MacDowell Colony. She eventually settled in Hollywood, California, where she taught the piano and composition and continued to compose....