On Jan. 14, The Parnassus Club met at Coralie Button’s residence. It was announced that the annual Parnassus auditions for local students in voice and piano will be held on March 1.
Corralie Button presented a program on two women composer’s from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Dame Ethel Mary Smyth was an English composer and a member of the women’s suffrage movement. Born 1858, died May 1944. Her music contained Operas, Vocal, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Piano and Organ solos. Later in life she gave up music and became a Suffragette. Her music “The March of the Women” became the anthem of the women’s suffrage movement. She served two months in Holloway Prison for demonstrating and was found conducting the march from prison with a tooth brush.
Carrie Jacobs-Bond lived from August 1862 to December 28, 1946. She wrote some 175 pieces of music from the 1890’s through the early 1940’s. One of her compositions “I Love You Truly” was frequently performed. Even today it is included in wedding music. She was considered one of the most successful women composers of her day. It is said she earned more than $1 million in royalties from her music before the end of 1910. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs cited Jacobs-Bond for her contributions to the progress of women during the 20th Century.