Tom Goleeke papers, 1993-1994

Overview of the Collection

Tom Goleeke papers
1993-1994 (inclusive)
0.04 linear feet, (1 folder)
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This collection contains the personal papers of Thomas Goleeke, professor emeritus of the School of Music at the University of Puget Sound. Personal papers include sheet music, evaluation material, and research papers.
University of Puget Sound, Archives & Special Collections

Collins Memorial Library
1500 N. Warner St.
Tacoma, WA
Telephone: 2538792669
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This collection is available for research.


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Thomas Goleeke (1937 - 2017) was a professor emeritus in the School of Music at the University of Puget Sound for 37 years. Goleeke graduated from Ballard High School and subsequently earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Washington. After serving in the army, Goleeke earned his Doctor of Music Arts degree from Stanford University and went on to teach at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and then at Kansas State University (1966 to 1969), before joining the music department at the University of Puget Sound.

Goleeke served as the Director of Voice and Opera at the University of Puget Sound's School of Music. As director, he initiated the opera program and the University Choral, acting as the director for the university choral and open theater, producing more than 20 successful productions. Goleeke designed and taught a series of diction and pedagogy courses using IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) as a key component. In 1993 he directed the ILACA London study-abroad program. For his final five years at Puget Sound, Goleeke continued to teach part-time.

Goleek's background as a trained tenor led him to perform in many recitals and oratorio performances in the Pacific Northwest outside of his work at Puget Sound. He sang in the Carmel Bach Festival for 21 seasons, appeared in the Seattle Bach Choir, and as a guest soloist with the Oregon, Spokane, and Tacoma symphonies, as well as the Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the Portland Symphonic Choir. Likewise, Goleeke served both the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Tacoma Opera Association. He researched the ornamentation in the vocal works of Goerge Frideric Handel, and published two articles in the NATS Journal and two articles in the Göttinger Händel Beiträge. He authored both volumes of Literature for Voice, published by Scarecrow Press, and was editor of a collection of 15 songs by English composer Thomas Arne that was published by Leyerle Publications.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Contains notes for and two copies of "A Friendly Rivalry", a research paper by Goleeke (one copy presumably edited by his wife, one blank); "Ornamenting Handel: 'Like Seasoning a Meal'", a paper or perhaps lecture by Goleeke; sheet music; materials from his evaluation by the Faculty Advancement Committee in 1994; a commendation letter sent by Hans Wolf (Seattle Opera) to Philip Phibbs regarding a performance by Goleeke. Both "A Friendly Rivalry" and "Ornamenting Handel" appear to have been submitted as part of his evaluation by the Faculty Advancement Committee.

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Subject Terms

  • Music