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composer , pianist

Fannie Dillon, American pianist, composer. Member League of Western Writers.


Dillon, Fannie was born on March 16, 1881 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Daughter of Henry Clay and Florence Hood Dillon.


Studied composition with Heinrich Urban, Hugo Kaun and Rubin Goldmark, piano with Leopold Godowsky, Berlin, Germany, 1900-1906.


Teacher, pianist and composer, Los Angeles, 1906-1910. Teacher at Pomona College, 1910-1913, in Los Angeles high schools, 1918-1941. On invitation of Beethoven Society of New York, gave concert of her compositions, New York, February 9, 1918.

Selected as California’s first representative woman composer and sent to MacDowell Colony, Peterboro, N.H., June-September 1921, and in 1923, 1933, 1942, 1944 Composer of piano, vocal, orchestral and chamber music compositions. Composer of music for outdoor dramas, “Nevertheless—Old Glory,” “The Desert Calls,” “Tahquitz.” Founder of Woodland Theater at Fawnskin, Big Bear Lake, 1924, general manager of successful seasons, 1926-1929.


Member League of Western Writers. Clubs: Southern California Women’s Press (honorary. Member), Big Bear Lake Women’s, Schubert, Pasadena Fine Arts, Matinee Musical.


Henry Clay

Florence Hood Dillon