School of Music Audio Department Sound Recordings, 1945-1992
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Brief Description: Consists of original 1/4"-inch reel to reel, 12'' inch transcription discs, and 10'' inch audio recordings of performances by university ensembles, faculty, students,and guest performers between 1945 and 1992. The audio tapes were recorded either as mono or stereo on 2- and 4-track acetate and polyester tape, while the transcription discs were recorded on acetate discs. In addition to the recordings of University of Illinois ensemble performances and faculty/student recitals, this collection includes recordings of performances associated with the University's Festival of Contemporary Arts, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and lectures, concerts, music forums and symposia given by visiting performers and scholars. Of particular note are recordings of performances and lectures by Harry Partch, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky, Soulima Stravinsky, Georges Enesco, Gabor Magyar, John Garvey, Barbara Ann Garvey, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Ben Johnston, Frederic Rzewski, Bela Bartok, Herbert Brun, Max Roach, Gunther Schuller, Roger Reynolds, Harrison Birtwhistle, George Crumb, Michael Colgrass, Salvatore Martirano, Carl Dahlhaus, Joel Chadabe, Lucas Foss, Kenneth Gaburo, Stuart Dempster, George Rochberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Cornelius Cardew, LeJaren Hiller, Charles Hamm, Morton Feldman, Iannis Xenakis, Stephan Wolpe, David Tudor, Milton Babbit, David Rosenboom, Pauline Oliveros, Malcolm Goldstein, the Walden String Quartet, and the New Music Choral Ensemble.
Held at:
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
236 Harding Band Building
1103 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820 6223
Phone: 217-244-93093
Fax: 217-244-8695
Email: schwrtzs [at]
Record Series Number: 12/5/64
Created by: School of Music Audio Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. School of Music
Volume: 311.25 cubic feet
Acquired: 03/07/2013. Originally obtained from the Music and Performing Arts Library on March 7, 2013. A second set of recordings, Series 9, was found within the Music and Performing Arts library in 2014 and were transferred to the Sousa Archives on August 9, 2015 and December 7, 2015. Additional reel-to-reel recordings of the 1970 and 1971 performances of the University of Illinois Opera Group and 1971 performances of the John Wustman studio were transferred to the Sousa Archives from the Library's Audio Preservation Unit on August 18, 2016. Recordings of the University wind band and men's glee club tapes were transferred from the the University Press Building on September 26, 2017, and a third additional reel-to-reel tapes from the Music and Performing Arts Library was transferred to the Center on May 1, 2018.

Organized in nine series: Series 1, University of Illinois Ensembles; Series 2, Faculty Recitals; Series 3, Student Recitals; Series 4, Festival of Contemporary Arts, 1953-1978; Series 5, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; Series 6, Convocations, Symposia, Forums and Guest Recitals; Series 7, Special Requests and Donations; Series 8, Card Catalogs; Series 9, Transcription Discs; Series 10: DAT Sound Recordings; and Series 11: F1 Audio and Betamax Video Recordings.

Recordings in series 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8 are arranged by call numbers as originally assigned by the Music and Performing Arts Library, which begin with a MO number or Music Archive Tape number. All items included within these series that do not have identifying numbers are arranged chronologically at the end of the series. Recordings in Series 4, Series 7, Series 9, Series 10, and Series 11 are arranged chronologically, with the exception of the end of Series 7, which contains items arranged by call number beginning with the letter "R". Series 9 in particular, has been arranged chronologically rather than by record label number because several of the original label numbers duplicate, many are missing, many appear out of order, and the record labels changed in early 1949 from a four digit label (ex. 5000/5001) to a single digit label (ex. 1/2).

Note: Cards in Series 8 include all extant cards from the Music and Performing Arts Library that correspond to the recordings; cards marked "Withdrawn" indicate tapes that were deaccessioned based on their being duplicates or on other appraisal decisions.

Biographical Note for School of Music Audio Department :

The School of Music purchased its first recording equipment in 1948 (University of Illinois, 1948).  Since then, the School of Music Audio Department has provided recording services for student, faculty, and guest performers at University venues including Smith Music Hall, the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, and the Music Building Recording Studios (University of Illinois School of Music, 2013).  Past Directors of the Audio Department include Jim Campbell, Carl Volkers (ca. 1950s-1976), Jeff Whimsatt (1976-78), and Rex Anderson (1978-2010).

The Festival of Contemporary Arts, first organized in 1948, included as part of its programming dance, theater, landscape architecture, music and an Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture. The Festival's music events included a variety of concerts, lectures, and workshops that were produced by University faculty and student ensembles, and guest composers and performers.  The styles of new music performance incorporated into these festivals encompassed everything from contemporary orchestral, jazz, opera, and choral music to new forms of performance art.  Initially held annually, the five- to six-week festival of performing and studio arts became a biennial event after 1953. Budgetary concerns led to the effective end of the festival after 1971, however, a related Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts was held in 1978.

Subject Index
Computer Music
Contemporary Arts Festival
Electronic Music
Instrumental music
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Music, School of
Music Composition
Smith Music Hall
Speakers, Visiting
Student Performance
Symphony Orchestra
Acquisition Notes: School of Music Audio Department
Related Materials: Festival of Contemporary Arts Programs Announcements, 1948- (record series: 12/1/806) For more information please see
Related Publications: For further information about other Lejaren Hiller sound recordings and personal papers please visit the University at Buffalo's Lejaren Hiller Papers which can be accessed using the following URL [].