Woman of the Century/Marrietta R. Sherman
SHERMAN, Miss Marrietta R., musical educator and orchestral conductor, born in Lowell. Mass., 5th July, 1862. She showed a strong liking and talent for music, and at the age of seven years she began the regular study of the art. With her parents she removed to Boston, and at the age of nine commenced the study of the piano and organ. MARRIETTA K. SHERMAN. After a short course on the piano, she began the study of the violin, with William Shultz, formerly first violin of the Mendelssohn Club. She after- wards studied with Eichberg and Charles N. Allen, being with the latter for ten years. She is at present one of the faculty of Wellesley College of Music, besides which she has about fifty private pupils. It is as leader of the Beacon Orchestral Club she is best known, and the remarkable success attained by that popular organization is the best testimonial to her talents and ability as a leader and teacher. That club contains fifty young women, many of whom belong to the most prominent families of Boston. It was organized, with a small membership, in 1881, and has grown to its present size under Miss Sherman's training and direction. The players present a striking appearance in costumes of white silk, with goldcord trimmings, and they have won success during the past two seasons, having played in New York for the Frank Leslie's Doll's Fair, for the Woman's Charity Club in Music Hall, Boston, and for many weddings and receptions given by society people. Their repertory is very extensive, and embraces both popular and classical music, with solos by the different instrumentalists. The opinion of the press in the various towns and cities where the club has appeared is that it is justly entitled to the claim that "it is the finest ladies' orchestra in the world." During the summer months Miss Sherman divides the club and furnishes music in the various hotels. She makes her headquarters in the Hoffman House, Boston.