UR.04.006 Department of Performing Arts records, Bulk, 1957-1967

Department of Performing Arts Records 1939-2001UR.04.006

Summary Information

Title
Department of Performing Arts records
Inclusive Dates
1939-2001
Extent
5.0 Cubic feet
Call Number
UR.04.006
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Holly Frisbee; Phoebe Kowalewski (09/09/08)
Repository
W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.895.6706 archives@drexel.edu

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Heaton, Wallace, Dr.

Subject(s)

  • Choral Arts
  • Music--Instruction and study
  • Performing arts

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Administrative History

The presence of the performing arts at Drexel dates back to 1892, when Drexel offered its auditorium as a rehearsal space for the Philadelphia Chorus. The founding of the Drexel Chorus would occur by the following year. In 1897 Drexel formalized its choral music program by establishing a department which would be known as the Department of Evening Classes in Choral Music. The department was dissolved in 1909, but students continued to organize their own performing ensembles, including the organization of the men's and women's glee clubs in 1934. In 1942, Wallace D. Heaton, Jr. was appointed music director at Drexel, and over the next thirty-seven years he established the Department of Music and revitalized the choral music department. Clyde Shive joined the faculty as a professor for instrumental music and as the university organist in 1955. A student dance ensemble was established in 1978. The music department became the Department of Performing Arts when the College of Humanities and Social Sciences was founded in 1984. More recently, the department has begun to offer a major in music industry and minors in dance, music, and theater, as well as sponsoring the dance ensemble and a number of vocal and instrumental music groups.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of the records of the Department of Performing Arts and its predecessor, the Department of Music. Included are the records of student organizations associated with the Department, including the glee clubs, bands, and the Varsity Singers. The materials in the collection date from 1939 until 2001, however, they are primarily from the period between 1957 and 1967. The bulk of the collection consists of recordings of performances; the remainder of the collection consists of photographs, correspondence, programs, and awards. The University Archives lacks the equipment to play the reel-to-reel audio tapes and LPs, so description of their contents is limited and based on container information.

The collection has been arranged into five series: Bands, Glee clubs, Varsity singers, Departmental records, and Performance and event recordings. The first three series (Bands, Glee clubs and Varsity singers) include performance programs, photographs and recordings of these organizations. Recordings of performances involving other organizations are included in the last series, Performance and event recordings. This series also includes events that involved multiple organizations and non-Drexel affiliated groups that performed on campus. The fourth series, Departmental records, encompasses both the Department of Performing Arts and its predecessor, the Music Department. This series includes photos, records, and programs of performances where multiple groups participated. Also included are recordings of lectures, seminars, and student course work.

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Collection Inventory

Departmental records 1947-2001 

BoxFolder

Administration 1948-1971, 1985 

23

Awards photographs 1962-1971 

114

Brochures circa 1970-1987 

29

Contacts and Negatives nd 

24

Group photographs 1951 

115

Music Department Spring Festival - performers onstage in the Main auditorium - 20080850003 1957 

20080850003, 1957

Lectures and student work/performances 

BoxItem

Scott Enright circa 1991   1.0 reel

626

Ken Gregory performs "Stephanie's religion" between 1990-1999   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   624
    BoxItem
Audio   625

Jon Onoral undated   2.0 cassettes


    BoxItem
Moving Images   620
    BoxItem
Audio   621

BoxItem

Arnold Ostroff. Piano recital in the Picture Gallery 1966 October 27   1.0 reel

623

Chris Wendt circa 1994   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   627
    BoxItem
Audio   628

BoxItem

Basic recording [Music 259]. Lab session by Malika Green 2000-2001   1.0 cassette

622

Lab session by Dave Stoller [Music 259] approximately 1998-2001   1.0 cassette


    BoxItem
Audio   6
    BoxItem
Moving Images   629

Seminar on the arts. Edward W. Arian 1973 May 16   5.0 cassettes


    BoxItem
Moving Images   615
    BoxItem
Moving Images   618
    BoxItem
Moving Images   614
    BoxItem
Moving Images   616
    BoxItem
Moving Images   617

BoxItem

Melby lecture. Part 2 before 1980   1.0 cassette

613

Recording class (Music 259). Michael Harmon, instructor 1998   1.0 cassette

630

Session tape 2001 March   1.0 cassette

619

Yvonne D. Leach. A temporary life. Rough edit 1991 July 6   1.0 cassette

83

Yvonne D. Leach. A temporary life. Edit 1992 May 22   1.0 cassette

84

Ash, Derek, Ryan [lab session] 1999   1.0 cassette

86

Technics take up reel undated   1.0 reel

87

Recording class   1.0 reel

88

Drexel lab tape 1 circa 1998   1.0 reel

89
Drawer

Student video production circa 1984-1989 

OVE
BoxFolder

Organ nd 

116

Photo of the interior pipes of the Curtis Organ - 20080850005 n.d. 

20080850005, n.d.

"First Series of Organ Recitals" - 20080850006 1892 

20080850006, 1892

Performance photographs 1947-1977 

117

Rehearsal March 8, 1976 

20080850004, March 8, 1976

Drawer

Chorus circa 1977-1987 

OVE

Guitar trio circa 1988-1995 

OVE

Press clippings 1952-1991 

25

Programs 1939-1986   9.0 folders


    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   43
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   42
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   46
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   26
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   27
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   44
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   45
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   41
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   32
Digital Object

20080850007_04, spring 1960

Digital Object

20080850007_02, spring 1960

Digital Object

20080850007_03, spring 1960

Digital Object

20080850007_01, spring 1960


Varsity Singers of Drexel Institute of Technology Scandinavian Tour - 20080850007 spring 1960 

20080850007_04, spring 1960

20080850007_02, spring 1960

20080850007_03, spring 1960

20080850007_01, spring 1960

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Bands 1956-1977 

Photographs 

BoxFolder

Tour photographs 1973 

13

Performance photographs 1973-1977 

12

Group photographs 1956-1977 

11
Drawer

Colonial ensemble. Performance circa 1980-1989 

OVE
BoxFolder

Homecoming 1968 November 2 

118

Recordings 

Concert by the thirteenth annual Pennsylvania inter-collegiate band. 1960 March 12   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   58
    BoxItem
Audio   59

BoxItem

Performance 1960 October 22   1.0 reel

720

Untitled performances 1961-1963   1.0 reel

510

Band and organ 1962 February 16   1.0 reel

511

Performance 1963   1.0 reel

719

Untitled performance 1962 November 5 and 10   1.0 reel

512

Performance 1982 March 7   1.0 reel

74

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Glee clubs 1948-1977 

BoxFolder

Administration 1951 

21

Group photographs 1956-1977 

14

Performance photographs 1948-1960 

15
BoxItem

Music show. Men's glee club and evening college glee club 1962 March 10   1.0 reel

524

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Varsity Singers 1957-1977 

Photographs 

BoxFolder

Group photographs 1960-1977 

16

Performance photographs 1960-1973 

17

Tour photographs 1957-1969 

18-13
Drawer

Varsity Singers. European tour performance between 1957 and 1963 

OVE

Postcards nd 

22

Recordings 1957-1966 

BoxItem

Radio program taken from European tapes 1957 October   1.0 reel

513

European repertoire 1957   1.0 reel

514

European tour 1957   3.0 items 2 reel-to-reel tapes and 1 phonograph record


    BoxItem
Audio   67
    BoxItem
Audio   515
    BoxItem
Audio   516

BoxItem

Lemgo 1957   1.0 reel

517

European tour 1960   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   519
    BoxItem
Audio   518

BoxItem

Voice of american youth program 1961   1.0 reel

520

New York world's fair. RCA pavilion 1965   1.0 reel

521

Tour 1966   1.0 reel

522

Selections from the 1966 European tour repertoire 1966   1.0 Record

68

Great among nations circa 1962   1.0 reel

523

Awards and certificates 1957-1976 


    Drawer
Text   OVE
    BoxFolder
Text   28

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Performances and events recordings 1948-1994 

BoxItem

April fools concert 1982 April 1   1.0 reel

72

Audubon quartet 1980 October 25   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   76
    BoxItem
Audio   75

Audubon quartet 1980 December 6   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   77
    BoxItem
Audio   78

Audubon quartet 1981 January 10   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   79
    BoxItem
Audio   710

Caryn and shadow dancer 1994 December 17   2.0 cassettes


    BoxItem
Moving Images   635
    BoxItem
Moving Images   634

BoxItem

Chamber Singers and orgran recital 1991 January 22-23 

533

Chestnut Brass 1982 January 8   1.0 reel

711

Chestnut Brass 1982 March 5 

712

Mr. Connolly. [Recording] for audition circa 1953   1.0 reel

718

Diachronos 1981 October 3   1.0 reel

713

Diachronos 1982 January 24   1.0 reel

714

The Drexel Chamber Players. Brahms piano quartet in A major, op. 26 before 1980   1.0 cassette

69

The Drexel Chamber Players. Mozart trio for clarinet, viola, and piano k. 498. Bach French suite in g major. Brahms piano quartet in a major, op. 26 before 1980   1.0 cassette

610

The Drexel Chamber Players. Mozart trio for clarinet, viola and piano, k. 498. Martinu piano quartet (1942) before 1980   1.0 cassette

611

The Drexel Chamber Players. Excerpts before 1980   1.0 cassette

612
BoxFolder

Drexel concert 1976 May 26   1.0 reel

532

Drexel Dancers 1987 April 24-25   2.0 cassettes


    BoxItem
Moving Images   632
    BoxItem
Moving Images   631

BoxItem

Drexel Dancers. "Collaborations" 1988 January 9   1.0 cassette

633

DUM-CB. WMRG studios recording 1976 December 5 and 16   1.0 reel

81

A golden era. Baroque concert 1982 April 16   1.0 reel

71
BoxFolder

Homecoming - 16mm film reel 1968 November 2 

91
BoxItem

Howard Haines and Stuart Ross recital program approximately 1970-1979   1.0 reel

82

Music at Drexel. Under the direction of Wallace Heaton and Clyde S. Shive, Jr. circa 1960-1969   3.0 Record


    BoxItem
Audio   62
    BoxItem
Audio   64
    BoxItem
Audio   63

Music of Drexel 1964. Conductors Wallace Heaton and Clyde S. Shive. 1964   2.0 Record


    BoxItem
Audio   66
    BoxItem
Audio   65

BoxItem

Music festival 1948   1.0 reel

531

Music festival 1961   1.0 reel

530

Music festival 1963   3.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   529
    BoxItem
Audio   530
    BoxItem
Audio   528

BoxItem

Music festival 1966   1.0 reel

527

Music festival probably 1966   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   526
    BoxItem
Audio   525

Music night 1965   3.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   51
    BoxItem
Audio   52
    BoxItem
Audio   53

BoxItem

Spring concert 1982   1.0 reel

73

Spring events undated   1.0 cassette

85

Spring music festival. Wallace Heaton, conductor 1955   1.0 Record

61

Stars and stripes undated   1.0 reel

715

Unlabelled reels undated   2.0 reels


    BoxItem
Audio   717
    BoxItem
Audio   716

BoxItem

Varsity wind ensemble and organ 1962 February 16   1.0 reel

57

Varsity wind ensemble performance 1964 May 27   1.0 reel

55

Varsity wind ensemble. Christmas performance. WFIL recording December 1962   1.0 reel

56

Workshop players 1952 May 20   1.0 reel

53

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