Salli C. Terri (September 3, 1922 - May 5, 1996) was a singer, arranger, recording artist, and song writer. She earned a B.A.
in Music from Wayne State University, and an M.A. in Music from the University of Southern California. She was married to
composer and director John Biggs for twenty-five years and had two daughters. The family performed medieval and Renaissance
music together as the John Biggs Consort. From 1950-1952 she taught music and English at the American School in Tokyo, Japan,
returned to the U.S. to teach music theory at Fullerton Junior College, and later directed a woman's choir and was a professor
of Music at UCLA. In 1951
she joined the Roger Wagner Chorale and appeared as a solo artist. She also made several solo records, staged a one-woman
show, and sang in film and television productions. This collection of choral music arranged by or performed by Salli Terri
represents Terri's eclectic musical interest of folk, religious music, love songs, and ballads. The collection also reflects
Salli Terri’s deep interest in Shaker history and culture. The Shakers, also known as the United Society of Believers in Christ's
Second Appearing, is a religious sect branched off from a Quaker community and founded in the 18th century in England. The
collection’s clippings, periodicals, correspondence and magazines document Shaker culture and highlight an American folk culture
worthy of study.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.