Clara H. Scott (1841-1897) was born Clara H. Jones in Elk Grove, Illinois. At age 15, she attended the first Music Institute held in Chicago by C. M. Cady. By age 19, she became a music teacher at the Ladies’ Seminary, Lyons, Iowa. She married Henry Clay Scott in 1861 in Iowa. She died in Dubuque, Iowa, when she was thrown from a buggy by a runaway horse. She composed many piano pieces, songs for choral education, and many hymns. She published the “Royal Anthem Book,” the first volume of anthems published by a woman. Her most well known composition is the hymn “Open my eyes, that I may see.”
All are SATB and unaccompanied unless noted in VOICING column. A noting of “div” indicates some divisi within a part or parts, but usually not a true independent part throughout the work. Solos and accompaniment are also noted.
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