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Music Department Records, 1899-2008

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon State University. Dept. of Music.
Title
Music Department Records
Dates
1899-2008 (inclusive)
1927-1997 (bulk)
Quantity
8.2 cubic feet, including 1 DVD, (13 boxes, including 3 oversize boxes)
1 microfilm reel, (60 feet)
Collection Number
RG 148
Summary
The Music Department Records document music instruction at Oregon State as well as performances by Oregon State bands, choirs, and other musical groups as well as individual students, faculty, and guest artists. The Records include sound recordings in a variety of formats.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Music has been a part of the Oregon State University curriculum since 1871, when the first reference was made to it in the college catalog. Vocal study began in 1887 and a Cadet Band was formed in 1891. A Department of Music was first listed in the 1895-96 catalog. A conservatory style School of Music was organized in 1908 as a self-supporting department within the college, directed by William Frederick Gaskins. Paul Petri directed the school from 1924 until he retired in 1947. That year the program was also placed on the same academic basis as other college departments and headed by Robert Walls, who served until 1965. Other department chairs have included William A. Campbell, 1966-1978; David Eiseman, 1978-1987; Tharald Borgir, 1987- 1993; and Marlan Carlson, beginning in 1993.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Music Department Records document music instruction at Oregon State as well as performances by Oregon State bands, choirs, and other musical groups and individual students, faculty, and guest artists. The records provide information about courses and degree requirements; facilities and equipment, especially instruments; scholarships; and faculty and staff. The bulk of the collection pertains to Oregon State bands, choirs, and other musical groups. These materials include programs, brochures, and posters; newspaper clippings; scrapbooks; newsletters; and sound recordings of performances, especially from the 1960s-1980s. The collection includes several recordings of the Oregon State alma mater and fight song. The sound recordings include 100 reel-to-reel audiotapes, 28 phonograph records, 13 CDs, and 4 cassette tapes. A video production on the history of choral groups and choral instruction at Oregon State is part of the collection. Several of the recordings are available online.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright, reproduction, and use restrictions may apply to some of the sound recordings.

Preferred Citation

Music Department Records (RG 148), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  General Correspondence, 1938-1966Return to Top

Series I includes correspondence and related materials pertaining to department operations, primarily during the chairmanship of Robert B. Walls. The materials pertaining to piano purchases for the practice rooms is from the period when Paul Petri was department head. The Educational Activities file includes detailed budgets and expenditures for student funded musical groups, such as the bands, choirs, and orchestra.

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel
1
1: Coliseum Sound System (proposed)
1959-1964
1
2: Ledgers
1947-1961
1
3: Interinstitutional Television Report
1960
1
4: Appraisal, Academic and Applied
1962-1963
1
5: New Conference Center
1964
1
6: Course Renumbering (Trotter)
1963
1
7: Cultural Affairs
1965
1
8: Interfraternity Sing
1948-1964
1
9: Catalog
1959-1963
1
10: Civil Service
1957
1
11: Music Minor Requirements, Elementary
1963-1964
1
12: Educational Activities
1949-1965
1
13: Income
1947-1959
1
14: Summer Teaching Regulations
1956
1
15: Summer Session
1948-1958
1
16: Equipment Requests
1950-1960
1
17: Organ
1952
1
18: Piano Purchases
1938

Series II:  Scholarships, 1956-1989Return to Top

Series II provides information about various scholarships available to music students at Oregon State and includes lists of recipients, budgets and funds available, correspondence, and policies and procedures for selection of award recipients.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Financial Records
1958-1966
1
Scholarship File
8 folders
1958-1965
1
Elks Scholarships
1956-1959
1
Music Scholarships
1966-1972
1
OSU Foundation Scholarships
1970-1979
1
Ted Mesang Memorial Band Scholarships
1966-1983
1
Tuition Scholarship
1976-1985
1
Scholarships Awarded
1982-1989

Series III:  Historical Sketch of OSU Music Department, 1871-1967, circa 1967Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

The historical sketch of the Music Department was prepared for Oregon State University's 1968 centennial by Iris Gray, Thomas Roberts, and Robert Walls. It provides information about department faculty, organization and curricula, and equipment and facilities. The history includes programs and brochures for band and choir concerts, recitals, orchestra performances, and other special events.

Series IV:  Departmental Memos, 1966-1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

3 folders

Series IV consists of memoranda from the department chairman regarding policies and procedures, teaching assignments, classroom scheduling, and other topics. Most of the notices are for music faculty; however, some of the memos are directed to students in the department.

Series V:  Staff Meetings, 1949-1975Return to Top

The agendas and minutes for staff and faculty meetings address a variety of topics, including curriculum, degree requirement, courses, and proficiency examinations; special events, concerts, and recitals; teaching loads; budgets; and facilities and classrooms. The minutes include announcments of policies and procedures and new staff and faculty.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Agendas
1951-1963
1
Minutes
4 folders
1949-1975

Series VI:  Publications, 1908-2007Return to Top

Series VI includes School of Music catalogs prior to 1924 and the department's newletter for alumni and friends.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
School of Music Catalogs
1908-1924
1
Musically Speaking
1989-2007

Series VII:  Sound Recordings and Moving Images, circa 1947-2008Return to Top

Series VII consists of sound recordings in a variety of formats: 33 rpm and 78 rpm phonograph records, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, and compact discs. The series also includes one DVD. The series consists primarily of recordings of performances by the Symphonic Band and other bands, the Choralaires and other choral groups, and other Oregon State musical groups. The DVD is a 2008 production on the history of choral groups and choral instruction at Oregon State.

Container(s) Description Dates
Phonograph Recordings
28 phonograph records
All recordings are 33 rpm unless noted otherwise.
circa 1947-1984
Box
2
Oregon State Marching Song
Side 1 is a reading of a letter to Lowell Stockman (Stocky) and his wife Dorcas in Pendleton; the unidentified letter writer composed the music and mutual friend Vera wrote the words. This recording accompanied music that was sent to them. The song is sung by Jean Monroe. On side 2, the song is sung in harmony by a group of women in "University School of Music". Presto disc recording (78 rpm). Digitized sound files available online: Formerly P48:24. Recording available online: side 1; side 2.
undated
2
Songs of Oregon State College - disk 2
This item is disk 2 of a 2-record 78 rpm set. Both records are available in the Alumni Association Records (RG 035). This disk includes the Alma Mater (side 1) and part 2 of the Oregon State Creed (side 2). The Alma Mater was written by Maris, arranged by Brye, and sung by the Oregon State College Choir, directed by Robert Walls. The Creed was written by E.T. Reed with music by Joseph Brye; it is sung by the Oregon State College A Cappella Choir, directed by Robert Walls. Formerly P48:25. Recording available online: Alma Mater; Oregon State Creed.
circa 1950
2
Oregon State College Medley and A Tribute to Beard by Oregon State College Band
Medley arranged by Captain H.L. Beard, Conductor. Tribute by Gordon A. Finlay. 78 rpm phonograph record from the recording studios of G.F. Johnson Music Co. in Portland, Oregon. Formerly P48:26. Recording available online: Oregon State College Medley; A Tribute to Beard.
circa 1947
2
Symphonic Band Spring Concert
James Douglass, Trumpet; Shirley Byrne, Piano; Bernard Gilmore, French Horn.
undated
2
OSU Symphonic Band (Eighty Strong)
4 copies
formerly P48:23
circa 1970
2
OSU Symphonic Band On Tour
3 copies
formerly P104:65
circa 1972
2
Choralaires recorded in concert
February 20, 1963
2
Choralaires: The Robert B. Walls Years, 1947-1974
circa 1974
2
OSU Choir on Tour
1978
2
OSU Symphonic Band recorded during performance
2 copies
School Educational Series #2; featuring music of Wagner, Berlioz, Orff, and Giannini.
circa 1970
2
Great Band Classics, OSU Symphonic Band
School Educational Series #4; featuring music of Percy Grainger, Charles Ives, Gustav Holst, and Clifton Williams.
undated
2
OSU Symphonic Band, Assembly Concerts on Tour
Includes music by Shostakovich, Gould, Leroy Anderson ( Bugler's Holiday), Handel ( Music for the Royal Fireworks), Sousa, and Washburn.
circa 1970
2
Oregon State Symphonic Band School Assembly Concert
Includes music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Nelhybel, Bencriscutto, Vivaldi, and Barber.
undated
2
Oregon State Symphonic Band on Tour
Includes music by Creston, Rossini, Gould, Stanley, Beethoven, and Husa; clarinet solo by Steve Matthes.
circa 1975
2
Oregon State University Symphony Band
Includes music by Bennett, Haydn, Sousa, Nelhybel, von Weber, and Husa.
undated
2
Oregon State Symphonic Band with Doc Severinsen
2 copies
1984
2
The Face of Oregon
1 copy of 1959 edition; 4 copies of 1962 edition
A sound recording of the Oregon Centennial Concert at Oregon State College on April 23, 1959 -- "a concert of original music and script written, composed, and conducted by members of the teaching staff … in honor of the 100th anniversary of the state. Produced under the general supervision of Robert Walls, Director, Dept. of Music." It includes performances by the Concert Band, Madrigal and Glee Clubs, and the Choralaires. The recording was originally issued in 1959, soon after the live recording; it was re-issued in 1962 with accompanying Text and Notes by the Oregon State University Press. Recording available online in Best of the Archives; Text and Notes also available online.
1959-1962
Reel-to-reel Audiotapes
100 tapes
1955-1992
Box
10
Pacific Music Clinic
1967
10
Oregon State University Concert Band
2 tapes
March 1, 1967
10
OSU Pep Band
1969-1970
10
OSU Symphonic Band, Albany Union High School Concert Assembly
March 4, 1970
10
OSU Symphonic Band, Gill Coliseum Concert
2 tapes
May 20, 1970
10
OSU Symphonic Band, Memorial Union Lounge Concert
March 11, 1971
10
OSU Symphonic Band Concert at Barlow High School
Spring tour.
May 19, 1971
10
OSU Symphonic Band Concert, Gill Coliseum
2 tapes
May 27, 1971
10
OSU Symphonic Band, CBDNA Northwest Division, Portland
1972
10
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert Tour
3 tapes
1972
10
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert, Gill Coliseum
1972
10
OSU Jazz Concert, Memorial Union Lounge
December 6, 1973
10
Memorial Union Concert
2 KOAC tapes
February 28, 1974
10
OSU Symphonic Band High School Band Festival Concert
April 19, 1974
10
OSU Symphonic Band
LP recording tape, side II
1974
10
OSU Symphonic Band
1974
10
OSU Symphonic Band, Memorial Union Lounge Concert
March 13, 1975
10
Best of Memorial Union and OCE Concerts
March 13, 1975
10
OSU Symphonic Band High School Band Festival Concert
April 18, 1975
10
KOAC Radio Concert
Part I.
May 3, 1975
10
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
2 tapes
May 28, 1975
10
OSU Jazz Ensemble Concert, Memorial Union Lounge
June 5, 1975
10
OSU Symphonic Band
LP recording tapes, sides I and II
1975
10
OSU Symphonic Band Winter and Spring Concerts, Memorial Union Lounge
1976
10
OSU Symphonic Band Winter and Spring Concerts
Excellent recordings for record.
1976
10
Jazz Ensemble, Memorial Union Lounge
March 11, 1976
10
OSU Symphonic Band High School Band Festival Concert
April 23, 1976
10
OSU Symphonic Band
LP recording tape, side II
1976
11
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert, Memorial Union
2 tapes
May 26, 1977
11
OSU Symphonic Band
LP recording tapes, side I and II
1977
11
OSU Symphonic Band
2 tapes
original tapes of 1977
1977
11
OSU Symphonic Band, Memorial Union Loung Concert
March 25, 1978
11
OSU Symphonic Band High School Band Festival Concert
April 6, 1978
11
OSU Symphonic Band selected performances
1978-1979
11
OSU Concert Band, Memorial Union
May 22, 1980
11
OSU Symphonic Band Concert
1980
11
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
Tape 2.
May 21, 1981
11
OSU Symphonic Band
2 tapes
Master tapes.
1981
11
OSU Symphonic Band Concert, Memorial Union Lounge
March 11, 1982
11
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
2 tapes
May 23, 1982
11
OSU Symphonic Band Contest Concert
April 29, 1983
11
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
May 26, 1983
11
OSU Symphonic Band, Seattle Concert
1983
11
OSU Symphonic Band and Doc Severinsen
February 5, 1984
11
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
2 tapes
May 24, 1984
11
OSU Symphonic Band
LP recording tapes, sides I and II
1984
11
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
2 tapes
May 22, 1985
11
OSU Symphonic Band
2 tapes
2 tapes
1986
11
OSU Symphonic Band
2 tapes
Original tapes for cassette.
1986
11
OSU Symphonic Band Concert for the American Bandmasters Association
2 tapes
1988
12
OSU Symphonic Band Concert
2 tapes
May 22, 1988
12
Chamber Music a la Carte, Memorial Union Lounge
2 tapes
Recital featuring Jiang Yu, Alejandro Gutierrez, and Rebecca Jeffers.
December 1, 1988
12
Recital of Brass Music at LaSells Stewart Center
2 tapes
Featuring Jiang Yu, Yue Chen and Alejandro Gutierrez.
May 2, 1989
12
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
2 tapes
May 21, 1989
12
OSU Symphonic Band Winter Concert
2 tapes
February 25, 1990
12
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
2 tapes
May 20, 1990
12
OSU Symphonic Band Winter Concert
March 3, 1992
12
OSU Symphonic Band Spring Concert
2 tapes
May 19, 1992
12
OSU Wind Ensemble, Three Penny Opera
undated
12
OSU Wind Ensemble, Memorial Union Lounge
Box labeled April 27 (no year).
undated
12
My Fair Lady or Band Concert, Memorial Union Lounge
Box labeled April 27 (no year).
undated
12
OSU Symphonic Band Contest Concert
Box labeled April 30 (no year).
undated
12
OSU Symphonic Band Concert
circa 1989
13
Oregon State College Songs
Includes OSC Medley, Indiana State Band (March), Alma Mater, Roadways, Mighty Beavers, Storm King, Hail to Old OSC, Toast to the Team, and March of the Spanish Soldiery.
circa 1955
13
Choralaires, University Chorus, and University Chamber Orchestra perform the Christmas portion of the Messiah in Gill Coliseum
December 2, 1973
13
Concerts by Choralaires, University Chorus, and Women's Chorus
1973
13
Choralaires Concert
February 26, 1974
13
University Chorus and OSU Women's Chorus Concert
February 28, 1974
13
Orchestra Concert - Lion and Blue
First performance.
December 2, 1976
13
Brahms' A German Requiem performed by OSU Civic-University Chorus and OSU University Choir at Gill Coliseum
May 22, 1977
13
Music 123 Honors Compositions
Student compositions selected for class recital.
1980
13
Gymanfa Ganu
Welsh sacred hymn festival.
1982
13
Elegy for Whale
By Ludmila Ulehla.
undated
13
The Whaleman's Lament: A History of Whaling and Whaling Songs
Recorded at University of Melbourne, Australia, by William A. Williams. Transferred to the OSU Music Department Library in 1988 by Peter Copek, of the OSU Center for the Humanities.
1977
Cassette Tapes
4 tapes
1994-1997
OSU Symphonic Band Winter Concerts
Box
2
2 copies
March 8, 1994
2
March 9, 1997
Box
2
Symphonic Band Costa Rica Tour
1995
Compact Discs and Digital Video Discs (DVD) (CD)
13 CDs and 1 DVD
1970-2008
Box
12
OSU Symphonic Band Concert Tour in Taiwan
3 CDs
1998
12
Men's Chorus Festival - Brothers, Sing On!
Includes program. Featuring men's choruses from Tualatin High School, McKay High School, Crescent Valley High School, South Salem High School, the OSU Mestersingers, and the OSU Men's Festival Chorus; Hal Eastburn and Dr. Steven M. Zielke, Directors.
2008
12
OSU Pep Band Featuring Steve Matthes
Includes 17 songs (36 minutes total) recorded by the OSU Pep Band in 1970. In addition to jazz and big band standards like The Stripper and Bill Bailey, Won't You Come Home?, the compilation includes contempary tunes such as the Hawaii 5-0 theme and Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit. Matthes graduated from OSU in 1974 and played clarinet in the Pep Band as a student. After graduation he worked as a chemist with the U.S. Department of Energy, taught clarinet and saxophone, and served as conductor of the OSU Concert Band and the Corvallis Community Band.
1970
12
OSU Choir Concerts
4 CDs
Includes the winter (Christmas) 1993, winter 1994, spring 1994 and spring 1995 concerts.
1993-1995
12
The Sounds of OSU, President's Club Dinner
This CD includes pieces by several Oregon State musical groups including the Marching Band, Severin Sisters, Meistersingers, Chamber Choir, Divine, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Bella Voce, Outspoken, and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra. Hail to Old OSU (fight song) and Carry Me Back (alma mater) as well as the OSU Fight Song Medley are represented on the CD. The CD may have been provided to all attendees at the President's Dinner.
2006
12
Russian Concertos
The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marlan Carlson. Includes performances by Katerina Zaitseva, Nikita Fitenko, and Alexander Tutunov.
Copyright, reproduction, and use restrictions may apply to this recording.
2007
12
Death and Transfiguration and other pieces performed by Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra
Recorded during a live performance at LaSells Stewart Center on May 20, 2008. The recording includes pieces by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff as well and Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss.
2008
12
A Century of Song: The History of Singing at Oregon State University
A set that includes a music CD and movie DVD. The music compact disc includes period recordings of OSU choral groups from the 1940s to 2005. The video production provides a history of choral groups and choral instruction at Oregon State. It includes descriptions by alumni of their experiences singing on international tours with Oregon State choral groups. The DVD features choral directors Robert Walls (1947-1974), Ron Jeffers (1974-1987), Kathryn Olson (1987-1999), and Steven Zielke (beginning in 1999). The video production also includes Robert Walls' narration of the Names of Oregon, from the 1959 Face of Oregon musical production.
2008

Series VIII:  Scrapbooks, 1899-1961Return to Top

Series VIII consists of 6 scrapbooks containing clippings and programs for concerts, recitals, musicals, and other events sponsored by the Music Department. Performances by choral groups, bands, and orchestras as well as by students, faculty, and guest artists are included.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
Historical Material - Music Programs
1899-1930
3
Music Department Clippings
1948-1949
4
Music Department Clippings for 1949/1950-1954/1955
1949-1955
4
Music Department Clippings and Programs for 1955-1956
1955-1956
5
Music Department Clippings and Programs for 1956-1958
1956-1958
5
Music Department Clippings and Programs for 1958-1961
1958-1961

Series IX:  Programs and Special Events Records, 1948-2007Return to Top

Series IX includes programs, flyers, and posters for Music Department concerts, student recitals, and special events; University Theater plays; and performances by the OSU-Corvallis Symphony Orchestra. For 1948-1989, the programs are bound chronologically. For 1994-2007, they are arranged in folders by academic year.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Dedication of Captain Beard Band Hall
Includes a brochure and the text of presentations by Ken Munford and John McManus.
1999
7
Bound programs
30 volumes
1948-1989
7
Programs
6 folders
1994-2002
8
Programs
5 folders
2002-2007

Series X:  OSU Bands, 1927-1999Return to Top

Series X includes programs, brochures, publications, and newspaper clippings documenting various bands at Oregon State, including the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Cadet Band, and Marching Band. The correspondence in this series pertains primarily to band performances.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Symphonic Band Concert in Taiwan
A concert ticket for a performance by the OSU Symphonic Band on March 24, 1987 at the Taipai City Hall in Taiwan. Included with the ticket is a gift presented to Director Jim Douglass and the Band of a copy of Taiwan's constitution in a decorative box.
1987
6
Symphonic Band Concerts and Tours Programs and Posters
1994-1999
9
Clippings Scrapbook for ROTC Band
1927-1930
9
Clippings and Memorabilia
1937
9
History of Oregon State College Cadet Band
1939
4
Orange Baton
Includes issues for 1930-1932, 1934, 1936, 1937 (1st and 2nd editions), and 1938. Multiple copies for some issues are available. Microfilmed copies are in the Publications Collection. The Orange Baton was published annually, in the spring, on the occasion of the Annual High School Band contest to summarize the work of the Oregon State Band for the preceding year and provide news about graduates. It was distributed to attendees at the contest as well as alumni.
1930-1938
9
Programs for Marching Band Banquets
1968-1970
9
Correspondence
2 folders
1974-2000
9
Informational Brochures
circa 1980-1995
9
Programs and Brochures
circa 1971-1997
9
Publications and Articles by James Douglass
1974-1977
9
Newspaper Clippings
2 folders
1970-1998
9
Certificates of Excellence from Music Educators National Conference
1981-1983

Series XI:  OSU-Corvallis Symphony, 1951-2006Return to Top

Series XI includes season and concert programs for symphony performances. The compilations of concert performances were prepared in commemoration of the symphony's centennial in 2005-2006. Beginning in 2000, the symphony became known as the Corvallis-OSU Symphony.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Classical Notes Newsletter
1998
1
Concert Programs
2 folders
1951-2004
1
Season Programs
2 folders
1951-2004
6
Concert Programs by Date thru 2005
Compiled by Walter A. Frankel.
2006
6
Composers and Compositions Performed thru 2005
Compiled by Walter A. Frankel.
2006