William A. Billingsley Papers, Approximately 1940s, 1961-1993

Overview of the Collection

Billingsley, William A.
William A. Billingsley Papers
Approximately 1940s, 1961-1993 (inclusive)
9.0 cubic feet, (18 boxes)
Collection Number
MG 456
Sketches of compositions.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William A. Billingsley was born June 28, 1922 in Glasgow, Montana, the son of Clarence James Billingsley and Macil Holley Billingsley. He earned a Bachelor in Music in 1952 and a Master in Music in 1953 from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He joined the University of Idaho faculty in 1954 teaching trumpet, theory, and composition at the School of Music. He also served as Director of the School of Music from July 1, 1977 to June 30, 1978. He was Professor Emeritus of Music since 1984, year of his retirement. Professor Billingsley died on March 18, 2007.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of William A. Billingsley’s papers spans approximately the years 1961 to 1993. Most of the materials are undated sketches of compositions. There are a few assorted arrangements from the 1940s.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

William A. Billingsley Papers, MG 456. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


University of Idaho School of Music Professor Daniel Bukvich organized these materials by title, prior their submission to Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

William A. Billingsley’s papers were donated to the University of Idaho Library by his wife, Doris Billingsley, in July 2009.

Processing Note

Processed in August 2009.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
1 Sonata for two guitars
1 Suite for the feet
Euphonium and band. Sketches, incomplete
1 Sine triplum
1 Divertimento for brass quintet
1 Three miniatures
Brass quartet
1 Brass fanfares
1 Study in rhythm for modern dance
2 Percussion
1 Concerto for saxophone and orchestra
Sketches, incomplete
1 Images of a village celebration
Solo trumpet
1 Moscow centennial fanfare
Brass and Percussion
1 University of Idaho centennial fanfare
Brass and percussion
1 Voluntary
Brass and organ
2 Essences of jazz
Brass quintet and strobe light
2 Three miniatures
String orchestra
2 Monday suite
Brass quintet
2 Fanfare for Carol Ryrie Brink
Brass and percussion
2 Little sonata for trumpet and piano
2 Little rhapsody
2 James Joyce songs
High voice and piano
3 Landscape sketches
2 Pianos
3 Mr. Nobody
Women's choir and piano
3 Out West with Lionel
Jazz band. For the Lionel Hampton Big Band
3 Call and response
Solo trumpet and jazz band. For Clark Terry
3 Theme
Jazz band. For Navy Jazz Band, WWII
4 Fantasy for orchestra
5 Concertino for piano and winds
6 Tamasha
Band. Scores and parts
7 The paradox
Solo soprano, orchestra and speaking chorus
7 Somewhen
Solo voice and piano
8 The starry night
Wind ensemble
9 Requiem for a species
String orchestra. Ballet
10 Symphony for winds and percussion
10 Invention for orchestra
Orchestra. Master's thesis
10 Fantasy for woodwind quintet
11 Concerto for orchestra
Orchestra. For Idaho Washington Symphony
11 Asst. programs
11 Hail to the varsity
Band. Genesee High fight song
12 Sonata for flute and piano
Flute and piano
13 Assorted arrangements
14 Suite from the ballet Man and Planet
String quartet
15 Divertamento for oboe
15 Dan's not here
Jazz band
15 Here's Dan
Jazz band
15 Come, Christians, join to sing
Choir and piano
15 Three brief encounters
Trumpet and percussion
15 Here we are
Lead sheet
15 Tune
Lead sheet
15 Later on
Lead sheet
15 Responses
16 Assorted sketches
17 Educational flute solos
Flute and piano
17 Fantasy for clarinet and piano
17 Concerto for piano and winds
17 Puppet's dream
17 Moonglow
Bassoon quartet
17 Latin American rhapsody
Trumpet, saxophone and percussion
17 Don't take your love from me
Choir, rhythm section and trumpet
17 University of Idaho medley
Choir and band. Pencil sketches and score only; parts and score in music band archives
17 Symphonia for woodwinds
18 Tamasha con't
Band. More parts

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Music teachers--Idaho--Moscow.

Corporate Names

  • University of Idaho. School of Music.


  • Professor of Music, University of Idaho, 1954-1984.