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Esther Williamson Ballou


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Esther Williamson Ballou (17 July 1915 – 12 March 1973) was an American music educator, organist and composer. She was born in Elmira, New York, began organ lessons at age 13, and began composing in her twenties. She studied at Bennington College, Mills College and The Juilliard School of Music in 1943.

After completing her education, she married Harold Ballou in August 1950. Her performing career was shortened by arthritis, and she taught at the Juilliard School from 1943–50, at Catholic University from 1951–54 and at American University from 1955–72.

In 1963, her Capriccio for Violin and Piano was the first work by an American woman composer to premiere at the White House. She died in Chichester, England.

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