Michael Cameron Music and Papers, ca. 1980-2020
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Brief Description:

Consists of educational materials, performance programs and fliers, correspondence, meeting minutes, music and scores, and audio recordings which were used by Michael Cameron during his time as a tenured faculty member and bassist in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Music.

Series 1: Instruction, ca. 1977-2004 (Box 1)

Contains Michael Cameron's syllabi, listening lists, teaching plans, materials related to his bass studio and students such as jury notes and recruitment materials. Items are arranged by type and then chronologically by date.

Series 2: Administrative, ca. 1993-2018 (Box 1)

Contains Michael Cameron's correspondence, meeting minutes, and materials related to decisions made while he served on University and School of Music committees, as well as headed the String Division. Items are arranged by the committee or group name, and then chronologically by date.

Series 3: Performances, Research, and Service, ca. 1989-2019 (Box 2-3)

Contains Michael Cameron's programs, fliers, and posters as well as reviews from events that he performed in, published articles especially from the Chicago Tribune, material related to the creation of the website BassScores.com, and materials related to the International Society of Bassists and the American String Teachers Association.

Series 4: Music and Sound Recordings, ca. 1938-2014 (Boxes 4-19, Oversized Portfolio Case 1)

Contains Michael Cameron's music and scores, many of which include his marked bowings and performance notes. Year of publication has been marked where possible. Where applicable, scores are arranged by size and then alphabetically by composer. Items arranged by Cameron or published by his company, BassScores.com, are marked. Items with personal notes from composers to Cameron are marked. Items that were originally kept together and marked Ciosoni, have been kept together. Sound recordings include CDs, VCR tapes, cassette tapes, and reels and include Cameron's own recordings.

Series 5: Personal Papers, ca. 1990-2008 (Box 3)

Contains Michael Cameron's resumes and CVs, photographs, saved newspaper and magazine clippings, materials from job searches, awards, and paperwork related to his purchase of his personal instruments.

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] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 12/5/79
Created by: Michael Cameron
Volume: 9.0 cubic feet
Arrangement: The collection is organized into five series, and is arranged alphabetically or chronologically by date where applicable.
Biographical Note for Michael Cameron :

Michael Cameron was a bassist, educator, and writer who graduated in 1981 from Indiana University with a Bachelor's of Music, and from the same institution in 1982 with a Master's of Music. While there, he studied with Murray Grodner, Barry Green, and Stuart Sankey. He began his teaching career at West Texas State University in 1982, before transitioning to Baylor University in 1983. In 1985, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Music String Division as professor of double bass. During his time at the University of Illinois, he taught several classes (MUS 437 and MUS 560) in addition to his bass studio, served on many School of Music and university committees, and served several tenures as head of the string division. He served as principal bass both of the Sinfonia da Camera and of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra.

Cameron published many articles with the Chicago Tribune, especially concert reviews, and with the American String Teachers Association and Bass World. He was a member of the International Society of Bassists. His performance history includes many world premieres and American premieres for bass, as well as works dedicated to or commissioned by him. His repertoire varied widely, and included works in both classical and modern styles. Cameron began the company BassScores.com which published works specifically for the double bass, many of which were arranged or edited by Cameron.

Access Restrictions: None.