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Sarah Louise Dittenhaver

composer , educator

Sarah Louise Dittenhaver, American composer, educator. Recipient 1st place award for song North Carolina Professional Composers’ Contest, 1944, 45, 59; 1st and 2d place for piano compositions North Carolina Federation Music Clubs, 1962, 1967, 1968, award, 1968; award for piano composition National League American Pen Women, 1963, 1966, 1st place award for anthem, 1969; two awards in 1968; also others. Member National League Asheville Music.


Dittenhaver, Sarah Louise was born on December 16, 1901 in Paulding, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Harry Steadman and Dorothea (Rupright) Dittenhaver.


Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory Music, 1924.


Teacher Smead School, Toledo, 1924-1927. Official accompanist Toledo Choral Society, 1926-1927. Director music in schools Wyandotte, Michigan, 1927-1928.

Private teacher piano, Asheville, North Carolina, 1943-1973. Numerous compositions public, 1940-1973, songs include Lady of the Amber Wheat, 1944, Passage, 1946, Once More Beloved, 1947, others. Piano books Let’s Play Duets, 1947, Pick aTune, Books I & II, 1954, 55.

My Piano Sketchbook, vols. I, II, 1968; piano solos Where Go the Clouds, 1945, Lyric to the Moon, 1946, 56, Mardi Gras, 1947, Dream Waltz, 1955, Toccata in DMinor, 1953, Starlight Lullaby, 1960, Carolina Cakewalk, Under the Tent of the Sky, Rain Drops are Waltzing, Buckboard Ride, Smoky Mountain Trail, Call of the Waves, Sleepy Wind, Aboard the Santa Fe, At The Craftsman’s Fair, Puppet Ballet, Snow Poem, Spring Poem, Autumn in the Smokies, Carousel Gardens, Appalachian Reverie, Circus Day, Spring Breezes, Whirling Dancers, and others. Choral music, including Trust In The Lord.

Athems Bless The Lord, O My Soul, Alleluia, Jesus Child, Light of the Lonely Pilgrim’s Heart. Sea Fantasy; piano duets, concert songs.


Member National League Asheville Music.


Harry Steadman Dittenhaver

Dorothea (Rupright) Dittenhaver