Mabel Daniels (1878-1971)
Returning to the States, Miss Daniels became director of the Glee Club at Radcliffe and later became head of the Music Department at Simmons College. From 1918 on, she devoted her time to composing.
Choral compositions were the greater part of her output. Her Exultate Deo was written for the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Radcliffe College and The Song of Jael was given its premiere at the Worcester Festival in 1940. She spent 24 summers at the MacDowell Colony. Her generosity of spirit shown through when she established scholarships and composition prizes for music students at New England Conservatory of Music and Radcliffe College.
As with many women composers of her day, Miss Daniel’s compositions were published by Arthur P Schmidt of Boston.
The Branscombe Choral frequently performed her choral pieces in concert and on radio. In the Choral’s scrapbooks you will find handwritten notes from Mabel Daniels to Gena Branscombe thanking her for scheduling her piece and for the beautiful performance!