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Mabel Daniels Prize in Music and Literature, 1960
|The Mabel Daniels Prize in Music and Literature, established in 1960 by Mabel Wheeler Daniels, H1933, the distinguished composer, is awarded to a junior or senior who shows marked creative talent and accomplishment in music or literature.
Mabel Wheeler Daniels was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on November 27, 1878. She received a B.A. from Radcliffe College in 1900. She studied music with Chadwick in Boston and, in 1904 and 1905 with Thuille in Munich. After her return to Boston she published the autobiographical An American Girl in Munich. From 1911 to 1913, she directed the Radcliffe Glee Club and then for five years, was head of the music program at Simmons College.
Her largest composition is the Song of Jael, which was written for the October 5, 1940, Worcester Festival. It is set to a text by Robinson, making it her only lengthy vocal work with text by a modern male author. She published a study "Robinson's Interest in Music" in the Mark Twain Quarterly in 1938. She was a composer who scored well for both voices and orchestra.
In 1933 Tufts honored her with an honorary master of arts degree.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H