Thomas Schleis Papers, 1972-2012
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Brief Description: Consists of class lecture notes, research and publications, event programs and program notes, correspondence, photographs, Opera Theatre production records, and personal papers documenting Schleis' career as a student, vocal coach, accompanist, and manager of the School of Music Opera Theater program between 1972 and 2012. In addition the collection also includes program notes written for Sinfonia da Camera and Champaign-Urbana Symphony concerts.
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: 12/5/62
Created by: Schleis, Thomas H. (1949-2012)
Volume: 10.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 10/21/2012.
Arrangement: Organized into four series. Series 1: Opera Theater Department Administrative Records, 1981-2012, Series 2: Class Instruction and Presentations, 1974-2012, Series 3: Research, Publications, and Program Notes, 1972-2012, Series 4: Personal Papers, 1972-2007.
Biographical Note for Schleis, Thomas H. (1949-2012) : Thomas H. Schleis (December 13, 1949 - July 19, 2012) was raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin by Samuel and Jeanette (Hall) Schleis.  He earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin, and spent a year studying German opera as a Fullbright Scholar.  In 1981 he joined the University of Illinois as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Music and taught music history and performance for the Opera Theatre Program.  He remained with the University until his death in 2012, and also served as a vocal coach and accompanist for the Opera Department as well as manager of the Opera Theatre program.  In addition he served as principal organist for the University's St. John's Chapel between 1979 and 2012, and taught non-credit classes for the University's Senior Scholars and the Elderhostel programs for over ten years.
Subject Index
Music, School of
Music - Instruction and study
Theater orchestra music
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
German [ger]
French [fre]
Italian [ita]
Acquisition Notes: School of Music  Transfer