Guide to the Anchorage Festival of Music records
Collection number: HMC-0010.
Creator: Anchorage Festival of Music.
Title: Anchorage Festival of Music records.
Volume of collection: 11.4 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of an organization established to promote music in Alaska.
The Anchorage Festival of Music came into existence in 1956 when Mary Hale of Anchorage collaborated with others in the local music community to put on concerts featuring local musicians alongside visiting artists. 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. The name was changed to Alaska Festival of Music by 1960 and returned to Anchorage Festival of Music in 1986 when the organization merged with the Basically Bach Festival. The Anchorage Festival of Music often holds its concerts in non-traditional venues.
This collection consists of administrative and operational records documenting the history of the Alaska Festival of Music. Included are the Board of Directors files; records of the Basically Bach Festival, subject files, grant files, annual accounting reports, programs, scrapbooks, and recordings of performances, photographs and sheet music.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into 10 series:
Series 1: Board of Directors files; 1955-2003
Series 2: Basically Bach Festival records; 1977-1989
Series 3: Subject files; 1956-2001
Series 4: Grant files; 1961-1969
Series 5: Annual accounting reports; 1957-1975
Series 6: Programs; 1956-2007
Series 7: Scrapbooks; 1955-1975
Series 8: Audiovisual recordings; 1956-1974
Series 9: Photographs; 1956-1975, 1999
Series 10: Sheet music; undated
Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: The Anchorage Festival of Music holds copyright to materials created by the organization. Other materials in the collection may be subject to copyright restrictions.
Preferred citation: Anchorage Festival of Music records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Works used in preparation of inventory:
Anchorage Festival of Music. “About AFM.” https://www.anchoragefestivalofmusic.org/about-afm/
Related materials: For information about additional collections related to the performing arts in Alaska, see our performing arts collections topic guide. https://libguides.consortiumlibrary.org/ASCperformingartscollections
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. Additional materials were added to the collection by Gwen Higgins in 2022.
Series 1: Board of Directors files; 1955-2003. 1.65 cubic feet. This series contains documents pertaining to the activities of members of the board of directors of the Anchorage Festival of Music, including meeting minutes, annual reports, financial documents, festival planning materials, and correspondence.
|1/1||Organizational notes and minutes||1955-1956|
|1/3-9||Annual reports and minutes||1958-1965|
|1/13||Minutes and annual report||1967-1968|
|1/24||Annual report and minutes||1977-1978|
|2/1||Board minutes and administrative files (Includes some Basically Bach material)||1987-1988|
|2/6||Board member handbook||1990-1994|
|2/7||Board meeting agendas and minutes||1990-1991|
|2/8||Board meeting agendas and minutes||1992|
|2/9||Board minutes, financial reports, and correspondence||1993|
|2/11||Board meeting minutes, correspondence, and financial documents||1994|
|2/12||Board meeting minutes, correspondence, and financial documents||1995|
|2/13||General planning notebook||1996-1997|
|2/14||Board book (meeting minutes, budget, season schedule,||1997|
|2/15||1997 General (correspondence, newsletter, season program draft)||1997|
|2/18||Steven Alvarez contract||1997 August 12|
|2/19-20||FY 1998 Board meetings||1998|
|2/24||Administrative files (correspondence, contract, meeting minutes)||1999|
|2/25||Steven Alvarez contract||2000|
|2/26||AFM 2000 (board roster, meeting minutes, finances, festival planning, correspondence)||2000|
|2/27||Board meeting agenda||2001 January 17|
|2/30||Board of Directors responsibilities and expectations||undated|
Series 2: Basically Bach Festival records; 1977-1989. 0.35 cubic feet. This series consists of records pertaining to the Basically Bach festival, which ran from 1978 until it merged with the Alaska Festival of Music and returned to being called the Anchorage Festival Music in 1986.
|2/31||BB-multiple years general (articles of incorporation, bylaws, fundraising)||1977-1983|
|2/32||BB 81-82 meetings (board of directors meeting agendas and minutes, committee assignments)||1981-1982|
|2/33||BB 82-83 meetings (agendas, minutes, financial report)||1982-1983|
|2/34||Basically Bach 1982-83 general (publicity outline, donor list, correspondence, press release, program copy, grant application)||1982-1983|
|2/36||BB-1983 festival (press release, meeting minutes, agenda, budget)||1982-1983|
|2/37||BB-1983-84 general (Municipality of Anchorage funding requests)||1983-1984|
|2/39||BB-1985 general (press releases)||1985|
|2/40||BB-1986-87 General (musician headshots, notes, program drafts, press releases)||1986|
|2/41||BB-1986 visit of Malcolm Bilson||1986|
|2/42||BB-86-87 general (correspondence, fundraising workshop material, press releases, notes, advertising||1986|
|2/43||Basically Bach 1988 financial||1987-1988|
|2/44||Basically Bach check register||1978-1983|
|2/46||Basically Bach reports and forms (some Anchorage Festival of Music)||1978-1990|
|2/47||Basically Bach correspondence||1987-1989|
Series 3: Subject files; 1956-2001. 0.3 cubic feet. This series consists of files related to the planning and promotion of individual concerts, specific administrative issues, surveys, and correspondence with individuals and organizations.
|3/1||Alaska Center for the Performing Arts resident status||1999|
|3/2||Amahl clippings and program||1966|
|3/3||BP Exploration support letters||1994-2000|
|3/6||Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe office space||1998|
|3/8||Julius Herford correspondence||1956-1965|
|3/9||Donald Johanos photographs, clippings, and publicity materials||undated|
|3/10||John Price Jones Co. survey excerpts||circa 1961|
|3/11||July 5th “Pops”||1998|
|3/12||Ken Flynn Advertising survey||1989|
|3/13||Lorraine Koranda correspondence, clippings, photographs and publications||undated|
|3/16||Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Alaska Festival of Music menu||2001 June 10|
|3/17||National Bank of Alaska||1997-2000|
|3/18||NorthStar Chamber Ensemble||1996|
|3/23||Out Reach Concert||2000-2001|
|3/25||Schedule of events||undated|
|3/28||Williams funding application||2003|
|3/29||YAA Award applicants||2000-2001|
Series 4: Grant files; 1961-1969. 0.1 cubic feet. This series consists of information on grants applied for by the organization early in its history. Later grant information may be found in Series 1.
|3/30-32||Loussac Foundation Grant for Eskimo Research||1961-1964|
|3/34-35||Sears Scholars records||1965-1966|
Series 5: Annual accounting reports; 1957-1975. 0.3 cubic feet. This series consists of annual financial reports from the festival’s early years. Financial records for later years may be found in Series 1.
|3/36||Auditors’ report (including 1956)||1957 November 7|
|3/37||Auditors’ report||1958 November 7|
|3/38||Annual report||1959 October 31|
|3/39||Annual report||1960 October 31|
|3/40||Annual report||1961 October 31|
|3/41||Accountants’ report||1962 October 31|
|3/42||Accountants’ report||1963 October 31|
|3/43||Accountants’ report||1964 October 31|
|3/44||Accountants’ report||1965 October 31|
|3/45||Accountants’ report||1966 October 31|
|3/46||Accountants’ report||1967 October 31|
|3/47||Accountants’ report||1968 October 31|
|3/48||Accountants’ report||1969 October 31|
|3/49||Auditor’s report||1971 October 31|
|3/50||Auditor’s report with supplementary information. Ten months ended August 31, 1972||1972 August 31|
|3/51||Auditors’ report with supplementary information||1973 August 31|
|3/52||Auditors’ report with supplementary information||1974 August 31|
|3/53||Accountants’ report with supplementary data||1975 August 31|
Series 6: Programs; 1956-2007. 0.5 cubic feet. This series includes programs from the Alaska Festival of Music, Art-i-gras, the Festival of Native Arts, and the Crystal Ball. This may not be a comprehensive set of programs. The programs are generally grouped by organization and arranged chronologically within.
|3/54-78||Festival of Music programs||1956-1984|
|4/1-4||Festival of Music programs||1989-2007|
|4/8-10||Festival of Native Arts programs||1968-1971|
|4/11||Alaska Festival of Music “Meet the Artists” Brunch programs||1972|
|12/2||Crystal Ball invitation and program||undated, 1963 and 1965|
Series 7: Scrapbooks; 1955-1975. 4.2 cubic feet. This series consists of scrapbooks containing newspaper clipping, programs, correspondence, and photographs.
Series 8: Audiovisual recordings 1956-1974. 2.6 cubic feet. Arranged by media type, generally chronologically within. Boxes 7 and 8 contain phonograph albums, the rest are primarily reel-to-reel audio tapes, along with one 16 mm film and one U-Matic videocassette.
|7/1-6||Requiem Mass in D||1956|
|7/7-12||Concerto in A Major||1956|
|8/1||The Passion According to St. John||1957|
|8/2-3||A German Requiem||undated|
|8/4||All-America City Award Ceremony||1957|
|8/5-6||East High School Symphonic Band||1962-1963|
|8/7||Alaska Sings: Anchorage Community Chorus and Traditional Songs Sung by Alaskan Eskimos||1966|
|8/8||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|
|9/1||Amahl and the Night Visitors||1958|
|9/2||Symphony of Psalms – Director Robert Shaw||1959|
|9/3||University of Alaska Choir of the North||1960|
|9/4||Alto Rhapsody/Choral Fantasy||1960|
|9/5-6||Westwood Wind Quintet||1961|
|9/8||Poulenc – Gloria (Evelyn Mondac)||1964|
|9/9||Schubert Symphony 6||1964|
|9/10||Barber Opus F||1964|
|9/11-12||Beethoven Piano Concerto||1964|
|9/13-15||Schubert Mass in E||1964|
|9/22||Te Deum (Chicago Symphony)||1965|
|9/23-24||Orff’s Carmina Burana||1966|
|9/27||Brandenburg Concerto #5||1967|
|9/28-29||Beethoven’s 9th Symphony||1967|
|9/32-35||Anchorage Community Chorus||1969-1970|
|10/1||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|
|10/2||Paul Horn Quintet||1972|
|10/3||Gary Smart, piano: Tchaikovsky – Dumka, Rachmaninoff – Three Etudes Tableux, Mussorgsky Pictures, Scriabin – Sonata #5, Prokofieff – Romeo and Juliet, Stravinsky – Petrouchka||1972|
|10/4||Shaw, Becket: traditional American ballads and songs||1972|
|10/7||Festival Orchestra, Chorus and Boys’ Choir. Robert Shaw conducting||1972|
|10/8||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|
|10/9||Gary Smart, Piano: Stravinsky – Piano Rag Music, Mendelssohn – Variations Serieuses, Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Debussy – Suite Bergamasque, Picasso music, Albeniz – Iberia||1973|
|10/10||David Craighead, Organ: Vivaldi – Concerto in A Minor, Buxtehude – Chorale Fantasie, Mozart – Andante in F Major, Bach – Prelude and Fugue in D Major||1973|
|10/11||Capital String Quartet: Copland – Violin Sonata, Ives – Anti-Abolitionist Riots, Ives – Some Southpaw Pitching, Schubert – Quintet in A Major||1973|
|10/12||Festival Orchestra: Ives – Decoration Day, Bartok – Piano Concerto #3, Tchaikovsky – Symphony #6||1973|
|10/13||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|
|10/14||Brescian String Quartet: Mozart – String Quartet #2, Webern – Six Bagatelles, Beethoven – Quartet in P Minor||1973|
|10/15||Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in D Major||1973|
|10/16||PDQ Bach with Peter Schickele||1974|
|10/17||Youth Night at the Festival and New Madrigal Singers||1974|
|10/19||Festival Orchestra and Chorus: Orff Carmina Burana, Verdi Vespri Siciliani Overture, Mozart Concerto #3 in E Flat Major||1974|
|10/20||Gil Melle Electronic Jazz Quartet||1974|
|10/21||Festival Orchestra: Prokofieff – Romeo and Juliet, Bach – Violin Concerto #2 in E Major, Huggler Elegy, Schubert Rondo in A Major, Elgar – Enigma Variations||1974|
|10/22||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|
|10/23||Fest. film ’59. Fred Machetanz’s film. (16 mm film)||1959|
|10/24||Golden Lion Raw Tape A-U-Matic videocassette||undated|
Series 9: Photographs; 1956-1975, 1999. 1.2 cubic feet. The photographs consist of primarily black and white prints, along with some proof sheets and negatives.
|11/1||Alaska Native Arts Festival & Sears Scholar Program||undated, 1963-1970|
|11/2||Celentono, John||undated, 1968|
|11/3||Dance – Anchorage Civic Ballet and guest artists (also unidentified dance photos)||undated, 1968, 1974|
|11/4-5||Festival Chorus and Orchestra group photographs||undated, 1959-1970|
|12/3||Festival Chorus and Orchestra group photos|
|11/6-7||Guest artists: promotional photographs||undated, 1972-1975|
|11/8-9||Robert Shaw||undated, 1956-1972|
|11/10||Elvera Voth||undated, 1963|
|11/11||Ward Wells and Anchorage Times photos||undated; 1959-1970|
|11/12||Artists for 1999 series||1999|
|11/13-14||Identified photographs||undated, 1962-1970|
|12/4||Unidentified oversize photographs||undated|
|11/22-23||Proof/contact sheets Alaska Festival of Music VIII||circa 1964|
Series 10: Sheet music; undated. 0.2 cubic feet.
|12/5||Sheet Music – Alaska’s Flag||undated|
|12/6||Structure for Orchestra in One Movement: “Resurgence” by Willard Straight||undated|