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Gena Branscombe, Canadian composer. Recipient citation for achievement Beta Sigma Phi, 1958. Member MacDowell Colony. Board of directors (honorary) New York Federation Music; Member numerous professional association, A.S.C.A.P.


Branscombe, Gena was born on November 4, 1881 in Picton, Ontario, Canada. Daughter of Henry W. and Sara (Allison) Branscombe.


Education high school, graduate Chicago Musical College (gold medalist). Studied with Rudolph Ganz, composition, Felix Borowski, and Professor Engelbert Humperdinck, in Berlin. Master of Arts (honorary), Whitman College, 1932.


Conductor Branscombe Choral New York, MacDowell Chorus Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Conductor state chorus New Jersey, 1940-1942. Conductor first organized Glee Club, American Women’s Voluntary Services, 1942-1944.

Conductor Contemporary Club Choral, Newark, 1945. National chairman American music and folksong, General Federation Women’s Clubs, 1930-1935.


  • Other Work

    • Composer numerous music items, latest being: American Suite (for Fort horn), 1959. Old Woman Rain (song), Gift at Parting (song), Across the Blue Aegean Sea (song), 1960. Arms That Have Sheltered Us (Navy hymn), 1961, 91st Psalm (for chorus and orchestra), 1962.

      Orchestra work Procession performed in New York City, San Francisco, Manila, 1962. Choral work Prayer for Song performed in Pittsburgh, 1963. Orchestra manuscripts displayed at New York Public Library, 1963.

      Pilgrims of Destiny (choral drama), 1964, public score and orchestra parts in Library of Congress. A Joyfull Litany, 1967. Our Canada from Sea to Sea, 1967.

      Youth of The World (for chorus and orchestra). Coventry’s Choir, special performances, New York City, 1970. Soldier, Soldier, Come From Wars (men’s chorus), 1969.

      I Send My Heart up to Thee (song), 1969. Sleep, Then, Ah Sleep (song), 1969. What Are We Two (song), 1969.

      Contributor to Showcase magazine Conductor own compositions in the United States, Canada, England, 1957.


Member MacDowell Colony. Board of directors (honorary) New York Federation Music. Member numerous professional association, A.S.C.A.P.


Married John Ferguson October 1910. Children: Gena, Vivian Allison, Betty (deceased), Beatrice (deceased).

Henry W. Branscombe

Sara (Allison) Branscombe

John Ferguson October 1910

Gena Branscombe

Vivian Allison Branscombe

Betty Branscombe (deceased)

Beatrice Branscombe (deceased)