- Ruth B. Hilton
(b Moncalieri, nr Turin, Italy, Dec 24, 1870; d Settimo Vittone, nr Turin, Dec 25, 1954). American teacher and composer of Italian birth. He studied at the Liceo Musicale in Turin, and for seven years in Vienna with Eusebius Mandyczewski. He taught violin in Lyons from 1896. In 1908 he became an instructor in theory at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome and in 1913 founded the Società del Quartetto, which he directed for three years. He also served as high commissioner for examinations at the Naples, Rome, and Parma conservatories. In 1919 he immigrated to the United States, where he became a highly respected teacher of composition. He was chairman of the theory and composition department at the David Mannes School from 1919 to 1928, and taught at the Curtis Institute (1924–33, 1935–46), where Barber, Foss, and Menotti were among his students. Scalero composed songs, chamber music, and orchestral pieces; his works were performed and broadcast widely in the United States and Italy. A collection of scrapbooks and clippings about his activities is at the Mannes College....