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Anchorage Youth Symphony records

Guide to the Anchorage Youth Symphony records

Collection number: HMC-1094.
Creator: Anchorage Youth Symphony.
Title: Anchorage Youth Symphony records.
Dates: 1966-2008.
Volume of collection: 8.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of youth symphony composed of high school students in Anchorage.

Organizational history:
The Anchorage Youth Symphony (AYS) began in 1965 when Frank Pinkerton assembled an orchestra in which young musicians had the opportunity to perform works by the great composers, refine their craft, and develop an appreciation for classical music. The Anchorage School District, private high schools, and Matanuska Valley High Schools played a key role in the development of the AYS orchestra. A majority of AYS musicians received their training in music programs offered in elementary school, junior high, and high school. Members of AYS were high school students selected through a competitive process. Since its inception, the Anchorage Youth Symphony performed not only for audiences in Alaska, but in Washington State, New York, and Washington D.C. Tours included international destinations such as Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. The Anchorage Youth Symphony Association, Inc., which sponsors the Anchorage Youth Symphony and their activities, provides a scholarship program.

Collection description:
The collection contains administrative records, financial records, AYS concert programs, member directories, and flyers. Administrative records include AYS handbooks and informational binders created during each concert season; Board of Directors records such as meeting minutes and correspondence; photographs; and contracts. Financial records include budgets, grant applications and reports, and raffle records. The collection also contains 3.5 floppy disks that contain concert programs, mailing lists, and documents related to AYS alumni.

Arrangement: Records retain the arrangement in which they arrived at the archives.

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

Rights note: The Archives does not own rights to this collection.

Preferred citation: Anchorage Youth Symphony, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For collections related to the performing arts, please visit our Performing Arts topical guide.

Acquisition note: The collection was transferred to the Archives by Celia Rozen in 2011. Deposit agreement signed in 2012.

Processing information: This collection was described by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2011. Records were boxed in archival safe boxes.

Container list:

Box Description Dates
1 Administrative records. Includes operation handbooks from 1985-1994 1969-1994
2 Administrative records 1989-1994
3 Administrative records 1993-1996
4 Administrative records 1993-1997, undated
5 Financial records 1987-1997
6 Financial records 1996-1997
7 Administrative and financial records 1996-2008
8 Administrative and financial records. Includes AYS programs from 2001-2007, stickers, and AYS pamphlet 2001-2008, undated
8 AYS programs 1966-2007
8 AYS directories (incomplete run) 1990-1996
8 AYS flyers 1989-1993, undated
8 “Music for the Season” audiocassette recording undated
Oversize 1 black and white photographs of 3 male trombone players undated

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