The concerts and Entertainment Board is a committee composed of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students who oversee the student-run organization Star Course.1 The precedent for Star Course came from the Philomathean and Adelphic literary societies founded in 1868. These groups soon began to sponsor entertainments and speeches by notable Americans.2 In 1927 the Board of Trustees granted to Star Course the supervision of all professional musical attractions at the University.3 The Star Course, a non-profit organization, is managed by students who are selected through interviews.4
1. Interview with Jim Ahren, Senior Manager of Star Course, March 4, 1892.
2. Winton U. Solberg, The University of Illinois 1867-1894 (Urbana, 1968), pp. 193, 197.
3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 34th Report, June 10, 1927, p. 315.
4. Illini Union Board, Illini Book 1981-1982, p. 30.
Description: Musical Performances and Concert Series including music performances of visiting artists (1879, 1886, 1893-), John Philip Sousa's band (1909-30), orchestral concerts (1913-15), symphony concerts (1915-24), festival concerts (1925), symphony series (1940-41) and chamber music, recital and summer series (1945-47).