Pauline Oberdorfer Minor

Composer from United States of America

Pauline Oberdorfer Minor (c.1889–1963) was one of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Pauline Oberdorfer was born around 1889 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Raised by an aunt and uncle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she did not know her parents nor her exact date of birth. In 1910, she graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Through the financial assistance of her church, Oberdorfer was able to attend the Teachers College at Howard University. At Howard, Oberdorfer co-founded the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and served as the first treasurer of the Alpha Chapter. After graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1914, she pursued a teaching career in Pennsylvania, Alabama and South Carolina. Oberdorfer also embarked on a career as a mezzo-soprano recitalist and composer of spirituals. Her book, Soul Echoes featured forty of her compositions including "Get Off the Judgment Seat" and "My Lord Is a Refuge." She married a Mr. Minor and died in 1963, presumably in her mid-70s.  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Place of birth
United States of America


Institution From To
Howard University

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