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Mary Howe, American composer. Fellow of MacDowell Colony; member A.S.C.A.P., League of Composers (board; member), National Association American Composers and Condrs., American Composers Alliance (honorary), League American Penwomen (honorary life.


Howe, Mary was born on April 4, 1882 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Calderon and Kate (Thomas) Carlisle.


Educated private tutors. Diploma in composition, Peabody Conservatory Music, 1922. Museum D. (honorary), George Washington University, 1961.


Began as pianist, 1915, composer since 1920. Works include songs, piano, violin, organ, cello, flute, organ solos, chamber music, orchestral and choral works, Bach transcriptions, music for 2 pianos, etc. Works performed by National Symphony, New York Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Symphony, Chicago, Toronto, Rochester, Seattle, Indianapolis orchestras.

Also N.B.C. Orchestra, British Broadcasting Corporation Orchestra (London), Residentie Orchestra of Schevenigen (Holland), Philharmonic (Buenos Aires), S.O.D.R.E. Symphony (Montevideo), Orquestra de la A.N.C.S. (Chile), also the Vienna Symphony, Austria, and others. Chamber music performed by Pro Arte Quartet, Coolidge, and Galimir quartets, Albeneri Trio. Ballet Jongleur de Notre Dame, presented 1963.

Instrumental works by Hans Kindler, Olga Samaroff, Bartlett and Robertson, Raya Garbousova, Power Biggs, Luboschutz and Nemenoff, The Lhevines, etc. Records for Victor Columbia, water closet F.M. Recording Company, Cryptography Research Inc. 7 vols. of songs public by Galaxy Music Corporation.

National and foreign broadcasts: N.B.C., British Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Diffusion Belge, R-W-R, Vienna. Recordings released for Voice of America use. Music presented annually 10 years in American Festivals, National Gallery.

4 one-man programs National Symphony Orchestra, 1952, Town Hall, New York City, 1953, Sigma Alpha Iota. 50th Anniversary Convention, Chicago, 1953, National Gallery, Washington, 1953. 3 pieces for wind quintet commissioned Vienna Symphony mems., 1956.

Fox Four Wood-Winds and French Horn, 1958. National chairman orchestras National Federation Music Clubs, presently member international music committee. Former board member Friends of Music in Library of Congress, National Symphony Orchestra, Bennington College.

Honorary fellow of American University.


Fellow of MacDowell Colony. Member A.S.C.A.P., League of Composers (board. Member), National Association American Composers and Condrs., American Composers Alliance (honorary), League American Penwomen (honorary life.

Clubs: Arts, Sulgrave (Washington).


Married Walter Bruce Howe, January 16, 1912. Children: Bruce, Calderon, Molly.

Calderon Carlisle

Kate (Thomas) Carlisle

Walter Bruce Howe

Calderon Howe

Molly Howe

Bruce Howe