Gustave Stern oral history interview, 1979  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Stern, Gustave, 1901-1990
Gustave Stern oral history interview
1979 (inclusive)
1 cassette (57 min.); transcript: 20 pages
Collection Number
3053 (Accession No. 3053-001)
Tape recorded interview of a Jewish community member active in the musical life in Seattle
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
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Box 352900
Seattle, WA
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gustave Stern was a musician and conductor of choral music and opera. Gustave Stern died in 1990.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Tape-recorded interview covering the years 1900 to 1979 and conducted by Dr. Eric Offenbacher on 10/29/1979.

Mr. Stern's youth in Germany (Duisburg, Leipzig, Cologne) is discussed as well as his emigration from Germany in 1933 and his nine-year stay in Paris. He arrived in the United States in 1942 and temporarily stayed in New York, Chicago and Fargo, N.D. before arriving in Seattle in 1945. He discusses his various activities and positions in musical life in Seattle as a voice teacher and conductor of opera, as choir conductor at various Seattle synagogues, and as a Music Director for the Greater Seattle Parks Dept. He also discusses musical life in general and opportunities for young singers in this country and abroad.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives

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Alternative Forms Available

Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Jews, German--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews, German--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Musicians--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Musicians--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Stern, Gustave, 1901-1990--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Department of Parks
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Offenbacher, Eric, 1912-2009 (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)