Guide to the Alaska Festival of Music records

Guide to the Alaska Festival of Music records
1955-1980

Collection number: HMC-0010.
Creator: Alaska Festival of Music.
Title: Alaska Festival of Music records.
Dates: 1955-1980.
Volume of collection: 11.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of an organization developed to promote music in Alaska.

Organizational history:

The Alaska Festival of Music came into existence in 1956 when Mary Hale of Anchorage urged a number of people in the music world to help develop the musical movement in the region and to bring to Alaska some of the world’s greatest music. Among those invited to the area were Robert Shaw, Julius Hereford, John Westman, and Robert Gerle. Mary Hale was the Executive Director of the Festival until 1962. Julius Hereford served as co-director from 1956 to 1963. In addition to Robert Shaw, the Festival has been directed by others including Alan Lennom, Robert Fountain, and Donald Johanos. On at least four occasions in its musical history, the Festivals featured the first performance of a musical composition.

Collection description:

This collection consists of administrative and operational records documenting the history of the Alaska Festival of Music. Included are the Board of Directors annual reports, programs, scrapbooks, and recordings of performances. In addition, there is a photograph collection of approximately 1,000 photographs.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into 9 series:

1. Board of Directors files

2. Subject files

3. Grant files

4. Annual accounting reports

5. Programs

6. Scrapbooks

7. Audio recordings

8. Photographs

9. Sheet music and advertising

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: The Alaska Festival of Music holds copyright to materials created by the organization. Other materials in the collection may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred citation: Alaska Festival of Music records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The Festival began depositing materials with the Archives in 1981.

Processing information: This collection was initially arranged and described prior to 1987. The guide was updated to current standards by Arlene Schmuland in 2014.

Container list:
Series 1: Board of Directors files; 1955-1980. 1.0 cubic feet.

Box/

Folder

Description Dates
1/1 Organizational notes and minutes 1955-1956
1/2 Minutes 1956-1958
1/3-9 Annual reports and minutes 1958-1965
1/10 Minutes 1965-1966
1/11-12 Annual reports 1966-1967
1/13 Minutes and annual report 1967-1968
1/14 Minutes 1968-1969
1/15 Annual report 1969
1/16 Minutes 1969-1970
1/17 Annual report 1970
1/18 Minutes 1971-1972
1/19 Annual report 1971
1/20-22 Minutes 1972-1976
1/23 Annual report 1976
1/24 Annual report and minutes 1977-1978
1/25-26 Minutes 1978-1980

Series 2: Subject files; 1956-1965. 0.4 cubic feet.

Box/

Folder

Description Dates
2/1 Festival historical files including photographs, clippings and brochures undated
2/2 Amahl clippings and program undated
2/3 Julius Herford correspondence 1956-1965
2/4 Donald Johanos photographs, clippings, and publicity materials undated
2/5 Lorraine Koranda correspondence, clipplings, photographs and publications undated

Series 3: Grant files; 1961-1969. 0.4 cubic feet.

Box/

Folder

Description Dates
3/1 Loussac Foundation Grant for Eskimo Research 1961-1964
3/2 Grants 1964-1969
3/3-4 Sears Scholars records 1965-1966

Series 4: Annual accounting reports; 1957-1975. 0.4 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Dates
4/1 1957 November 7
4/2 1958 November 7
4/3 1959 October 31
4/4 1960 October 31
4/5 1961 October 31
4/6 1962 October 31
4/7 1963 October 31
4/8 1964 October 31
4/9 1965 October 31
4/10 1966 October 31
4/11 1967 October 31
4/12 1968 October 31
4/13 1969 October 31
4/14 1971 October 31
4/15 1972 August 31
4/16 1973 August 31
4/17 1974 August 31
4/18 1975 August 31

Series 5: Programs; 1956-1983. 1.0 cubic feet.

This series includes programs from the Alaska Festival of Music, Art-i-gras, and the Festival of Native Arts. This may not be a comprehensive set of programs.The programs are generally grouped by organization and arranged chronologically within.

Box/

Folder

Description Dates
5/1-14 Alaska Festival of Music programs 1956-1969
6/1-13 Alaska Festival of Music programs 1970-1983
7/1-3 Art-i-gras programs 1973-1975
7/4-6 Festival of Native Arts programs 1968-1971
7/7 Alaska Festival of Music “Meet the Artists” Brunch programs 1972

Series 6: Scrapbooks; 1959-1975. 3.8 cubic feet.

Box Dates
8 1959-1962
9 1962-1966
10 1967-1968
11 1969-1970
12 1972-1973
13 1972-1975

Series 7: Audio recordings; 1956-1974. 2.6 cubic feet.

Arranged by media type, generally chronologically within. Boxes 14 and 15 contain phonograph albums, the remaining are tapes.

Box/Item Description Dates
14/1 Requiem Mass in D 1956
14/2 Concerto in A Major 1956
15/1 The Passion According to St. John 1957
15/2 A German Requiem undated
15/3 All-America City Award Ceremony 1957
15/4 East High School Symphonic Band 1962-1963
15/5 Alaska Sings: Anchorage Community Chorus and Traditional Songs Sung by Alaskan Eskimos 1966
15/6 Alaskan Eskimo Songs and Stories Compiled and recorded by Lorraine Donoghue Koranda, with accompanying book signed by the author and the illustrator, Robert Mayokok 1972
16/1 Amahl and the Night Visitors 1958
16/2 Symphony of Psalms – Director Robert Shaw 1959
16/3 University of Alaska Choir of the North 1960
16/4 Alto Rhapsody/Choral Fantasy 1960
16/5-6 Westwood Wind Quintet 1961
16/7 Sara Endich 1961
16/8 Poulenc – Gloria (Evelyn Mondac) 1964
16/9 Schubert Symphony 46 1964
16/10 Barber Opus F 1964
16/11-12 Beethoven Piano Concerto 1964
16/13-15 Schubert Mass in E 1964
16/16-17 Poulenc’s Gloria 1964
16/18-19 Orchestra Concert 1965
16/20-21 Verdi Requiem 1965
16/22 Te Deum (Chicago Symphony) 1965
16/23-24 Orff’s Carmina Burana 1966
16/25-26 Festival Orchestra 1966
16/27 Brandenburg Concerto #5 1967
16/28-29 Beethoven’s 9th Symphony 1967
16/30-31 War Requiem 1967
16/32-35 Anchorage Community Chorus 1969-1970
17/1 Festival Ballet Orchestra: Gluck-Mottl – Ballet Suite, Debussy – Le Plus Que Lente, Rodrigo – Concerto de Aranjuez, Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty, Kabalevsky – The Comedians,

Gounod – La Kermesse

1972
17/2 Paul Horn Quintet 1972
17/3 Gary Smart, piano: Tchaikovsky – Dumka, Rachmaninoff – Three Etudes Tableux, Moussorgsky Pictures, Scriabin – Sonata #5, Prokofieff – Romeo and Juliet, Stravinsky – Petrouchka 1972
17/4 Shaw, Becket: traditional American ballads and songs 1972
17/6 Unidentified 1972
17/7 Festival Orchestra, Chorus and Boy’s Choir. Robert Shaw conducting 1972
17/8 Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Stravinsky – Concerto in E-Flat, Bach Concerto in D Minor for Violin and Oboe, Smart Del Diaro De un Papagayo, Mozart Symphony #40 1973
17/9 Gary Smart, Piano: Stravinsky – Piano Rag Music, Mendelssohn – Variations Serieuses, Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Debussy – Suite Bergamasque, Picasso music, Albeniz – Iberia 1973
17/10 David Craighead, Organ: Vivaldi – Concerto in A Minor, Buxtehude – Chorale Fantasie, Mozart – Andante in F Major, Bach – Prelude and Fugue in D Major 1973
17/11 Capital String Quartet: Copland – Violin Sonata, Ives – Anti-Abolitionist Riots, Ives – Some Southpaw Pitching, Schubert – Quintet in A Major 1973
17/12 Festival Orchestra: Ives – Decoration Day, Bartok – Piano Concerto #3, Tchaikovsky – Symphony #6 1973
17/13 Saint Paul Chamber orchestra: Ives – Set For Theater Orchestra, Boccherini – Sinfonia in D Minor, Mozart Flute Concerto #1, Poulenc Concerto in G Major For Organ 1973
17/14 Brescian String Quartet: Mozart – String Quartet #2, Webern – Six Bagatelles, Beethoven – Quartet in P Minor 1973
17/15 Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in D Major 1973
17/16 PDQ Bach with Peter Schickele 1974
17/17 Youth Night at the Festival and New Madrigal Singers 1974
17/18 Vocal Recital 1974
17/19 Festival Orchestra and Chorus: Orff Carmina Burana, Verdi Vespri Siciliani Overture, Mozart Concerto #3 in E Flat Major 1974
17/20 Gil Melle Electronic Jazz Quartet 1974
17/21 Festival Orchestra: Prokofieff – Romeo and Juliet, Bach – Violin Concerto #2 in E Major, Huggler Elegy, Schubert Rondo in A Major, Elgar – Enigma Variations 1974
17/22 Gary and Marilyn Smart: Beethoven – Sonata in C Minor, Smart – English Lyrics, Ravel – Sonatine, Strauss – Four Last Songs, Beethoven – Sonata in E Flat Major 1974

Series 8: Photographs; undated. 1.4 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description
18/1 Alaska Native Arts Festival & Sears Scholar Program
18/2 Celentono, John
18/3 Dance – Anchorage Civic Ballet and guest artists (also unidentified dance photos)
18/4 Festival Chorus and Orchestra group photographs
18/5 Guest artists: promotional photographs
18/6 Robert Shaw
18/7 Elvera Voth
18/8-9 Identified photographs
18/10-19/1 Unidentified large photographs
19-25 Unidentified photographs

Series 9: Sheet music and advertising; 1975-1976. 0.2 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
20/1 Sheet Music – Alaska’s Flag undated
20/2 “Alaska’s Flag, Structure For Orchestra” by Willard Straight undated
20/3 Advertising 1975-1976

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