Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Music Department Records, 1899-2008

Scope and Content Note

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.

An addition to the Music Department Records (Accession 2010:058) consists of three photographs and a ceramic sculpture documenting the OSU Symphonic Band's tour of Costa Rica (1995) and Taiwan (1987). Two of the images are group shots of the band members who went on the tours. They are posed with their instruments and in concert dress.The other photograph is a framed print of a Costa Rica rainforest landscape presented to University Bands Director James Douglass as a gift by the Escuela de Musica Sinfonica de Perez Zeledon. The sculpture is in the form of a horse in full riding gear given to Douglass from the Taiwan Minister of Education Huan Lee. It stands about 11 inches high and 10 inches in length.

A second addition to the Music Department Records (Accession 2011:043) consists of sound recordings, posters, flyers, informational brochures, and concert programs documenting performances by OSU Music Department choirs and bands and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra. There are also newspaper clippings featuring stories about these concerts and profiles of the musicians as well. The sound recordings are made up of two cds: "Cheer for the Beavers" contains a selection of popular songs performed by the OSU Marching Band and "Chinese American Friendship" documents the March 2011 concert tour of China by the OSU Chamber Choir.

A third addition to the Music Department Records (Accession 2013:011) consists of concert programs, flyers, posters, and cds documenting performances of Music Department choirs, choruses, bands, and ensembles. These materials also reflect events organized by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, the Corvallis-OSU Piano International, and the "Music a la Carte" series. The three cds contain the following concerts: "Mad About Mahler-Symphony No. 2 Resurrection," a performance by the OSU Wind Ensemble at the 2012 CBDNA meeting, and "Postludes" by Jesse Jones as performed by the Jeffers-Carlson Duo. The summer 2011 issue of the OSU Bands newsletter was also part of this addition.


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