Lily Strickland was born in Anderson, South Carolina. After three years of study at Converse College, she received a scholarship to the Institute of Musical Art in New York, now The Juilliard School. In 1920, she traveled to India, as well as to Ceylon, Burma, the Philippines, China, Japan, and countries in Europe. During the ten years of her sojourn, Strickland published many articles on comparative musicology. In 1924, Converse College awarded her an honorary Doctor of Music. She was a prolific composer with more than 400 compositions in her catalog. The vast majority of her oeuvre are vocal works, including individual songs, song cycles, and several choral works, cantatas, and operettas. There are a fewer number of instrumental pieces, including piano works, and miscellaneous pieces for violin, string quartet, and orchestra. For further information, see "Women Composers: Music Through the Ages," volume VII and HPC 02011.