Davis, Katherine, 1892-1980

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Composer of songs, piano and organ music, cantatas, children's operettas, choruses, operas, and "Carol of the Drum" ("The Little Drummer Boy"). Born in St. Joseph, Missouri to Jessie and Maxwell Davis, 1892. Resident of Concord, Mass., where she first moved in 1920 and where she built a house on Bow Street after the death of her mother in 1947. Graduated from Wellesley College in 1914, having received Billings Prize for musical composition. Studied at New England Conservatory and (in 1925) with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

(Cont.) Student at Thomas Whitney Surette's Concord Summer School of Music; wrote texts for volumes in Surette's Concord Series. Received honorary degree from Stetson University in 1967. Taught music at Wellesley College (1916-1918), at Shady Hill School in Philadelphia, and at Concord Academy. One of founders of Concord Chorus (1944). Died April 20, 1980, in Littleton, Mass.

From the description of Katherine Davis papers, [192-]-1980. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 32912689

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referencedIn Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women's Song, circa 1800-1985 University of California, Davis. General Library. . Dept. of Special Collections
creatorOf Snell, Peggy. [Central State University Music Department ... presents Peggy Snell, mezzo-soprano ... in recital] [sound recording] : [Tuesday, January 30, 1979, 8:00 p.m., Music Building]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
creatorOf Bartlett, Bonnie. [Sopranos Bonnie Bartlett, Peggy Snell, assisted by Rebecca Washecheck] [sound recording] : [in recital : Sunday, April 24, 1977, 4:00 p.m., Choir Room 135]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
creatorOf Davis, Katherine, 1892-1980. ALS : Littleton, Mass., to Mrs. [Marcia] Moss, [Concord, Mass.], 1979 Dec 7. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
creatorOf Davis, Katherine, 1892-1980. Katherine Davis papers, [192-]-1980. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
creatorOf Denham, Ellen. The first annual Christmas concert [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn Papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Campion, Nardi Reeder. Collection of articles relating to K.K. Davis. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
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associatedWith Bartlett, Bonnie. person
associatedWith Moss, Marcia. person
associatedWith Orlando, Peter, Mrs., 1921- person
associatedWith Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964 person
associatedWith Reynolds, Christopher A. person
associatedWith Slaight, Wilma R. person
associatedWith Surette, Thomas Whitney, 1861-1941. person
associatedWith Wellesley College. Archives. corporateBody
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Birth 1892-06-25

Death 1980-04-20




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