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Hermene Warlick Eichhorn Papers

Identifier: MSS 0126

Scope and Contents

The Hermene Warlick Eichhorn Papers date from 1920 to 1975 and include general correspondence regarding Eichhorn's musical interests and professional activities, including the Euterpe Club and her column "Music Notes." The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

There is also a great deal of correspondence regarding her individual compositions; this correspondence is arranged alphabetically by title of the piece, then chronologically within each file.

Carbon copies of Eichhorn's letters on extremely brittle paper were included with the collection, forming a complete set of correspondence; these letters were photocopied in order to better preserve the collection as a whole.

Also included in this collection is a folder of materials on Eichhorn's honor as Quota Club Woman of the Year, folders with royalty statements from her various publishers, and a notebook that dates from her years at Woman's College containing manuscript music in her hand. Two original manuscripts are also included with the collection.


  • 1920 - 1975


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Musician and composer Hermene Warlick Eichhorn was born in Hickory, North Carolina on April 3, 1906, the daughter of Jesse W. and Ethel Herman Warlick, and an organist of the fourth generation. After eight years of piano and composition study in Hickory with Alla Pearl Little (one of the first composers to achieve recognition in the state), Eichhorn entered the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG), where she studied piano under Mary Lois Ferrell and Wade R. Brown, and harmony and composition under George M. Thompson and Henry H. Fuchs. Eichhorn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music with a specialization in piano in 1926, and in organ in 1927.

In 1926 Hermene married George C. Eichhorn and took a job as organist at Holy Trinity Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1928 she began writing a weekly column called "Music Notes" in the Greensboro Daily News. She succeeded Wade R. Brown as Choir Director at Holy Trinity in 1937.

Eichhorn was active in musical work in the state, as an officer of the Euterpe Club of Greensboro and a member of the Executive Board of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. She specialized in writing for women's voices and other choral ensembles, published works that received many performances, and won a number of awards for her compositions.

Eichhorn's works are characterized by original rhythms and harmonies, use of folk materials, and free use of early Church material. Among the most popular of her compositions were her cantatas:"Mary Magdalene," published in 1944, and "Son of the Highest," published in 1946, both of which were written in collaboration with poet Rose Myra Phillips, who supplied the lyrics for both works. Eichhorn also corresponded with poets James Stephens and Charles Hanson Towne, who supplied the lyrics for "The Daisies" and "While Mary Slept," respectively.


1.50 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Hermene Warlick Eichhorn was an alumna of Woman's College (now UNCG), a musician and award-winning composer, leader in the state's music community, and a music columnist for the Greensboro Daily News.

The Hermene Warlick Eichhorn Papers date from 1920 to 1975 and include correspondence regarding Eichhorn's musical interests, professional activities, and specific compositions; biographical information; royalty statements; and original manuscripts of music.

Method of Acquisition

Bulk of collection donated by Mary Walker of Holy Trinity Church in Greensboro, NC, September 1995; one folder of correspondence re: NC High School Music Contest, 1941-1942 probably a gift of Mrs. Eichhorn, date unknown, transferred from Miscellaneous Mss.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US