Glenna Spitze Papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

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Collection Overview

Title: Glenna Spitze Papers, 1942-1978Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 26/20/212

Primary Creator: Glenna Spitze

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged by name of music ensemble and then material type.

Date Acquired: 08/04/2017. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Music, School of, Music - United States, Vocal music

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of concert programs, posters, scores with annotations, and audio recordings documenting music performances that Glenna Spitze either performed in or attended during her time as a student at the University of Illinois between 1967 and 1979.

Biographical Note

Dr. Glenna Spitze received her bachelors and two graduate degrees in sociology from the University of Illinois between 1967 and 1979. While a student she sang in two ensembles directed by Neely Bruce, the American Music Group and the Contemporary Music Group. During her tenure in these ensembles, she sang in University of Illinois premieres of Gertude Stein and Virgil Thomson's "Four Saints in Three Acts" and George Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle." In addition, the groups premiered several pieces by Ben Johnston, Lou Harrison, Kenneth Gaburo, William Brooks, William Duckworth, and John Cage. While studying at Illinois, she also attended several performances given by students and associates of Herbert Brun. Dr. Spitze is currently a Distiguished Service Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany where she specializes in women in work place environments, gender dynamics in familylife, household labor, and family dynamics in aging children and siblings.

Subject/Index Terms

Music, School of
Music - United States
Vocal music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music


Spoils of War (James Cuomo) sound recording donated by Paul Nance and Glenna Spitze on August 4, 2017, and originally preserved as part of the Musical Americana Collection. A second body of material was donated by Glenna Spitze on June 16, 2018, and the Spoils of War recording was later transferred to the Glenna Spitze Papers.

Addition received May 15, 2019.

Acquisition Source: gift

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 2],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sheet Music for Neely Bruce's Vocal Ensembles, ca. 1969 - 1977Add to your cart.
Pieces include: "Memories of You (For Ranulph Glanville)," Neely Bruce and William Duckworth; "Most of the Time for Mixed Chorus," Dennis Kam; "A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts," Wallace Stevens (Text only); "Variations I," John Cage (Performance Instructions); "The Village Blacksmith;" "The Liberty Bird," George F. Root; "Rose," Ben Johnson; "Serenity" and "December," Charles Ives; "Alice Brand," Horatio Parker; "Crossing the Grand Sierras," Henry Work; and photocopies of various sacred harp pieces.
Folder 2: "Rip Van Winkle" by George Frederick Bristow, edited by Neely Bruce, VS and Libretto, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Four Saints in Three Acts" by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson, VS, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Concert Programs for Neely Bruce's Vocal Ensembles, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Posters for Neely Bruce's Vocal Ensembles, 1972 and 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: American Music Group Personnel List and Programs, 1973 and 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Concert Programs for Various University of Illinois Choral Groups, 1967-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Concert Programs by Students and Associates of Herbert Brun, 1969-1975Add to your cart.
Includes photographs of Herbert Brun and Noa Eshkol.
Folder 9: You're Invited to Hear the Spoils of War by James Cuomo, 1969Add to your cart.

[Note: This item was transfered from Musical Americana Collection, Box 69 on 7/2/18.]

7" Record, 33 1/3, EP. Side A: "What Happened Now," "Now is Made in America," and "Henry T. Joseph;" Side B: "Void of Mystery," and "The Greyness Moves in Quietly." Recorded by Roger Francisco at RoFran Studios. Performers include: James Cuomo, Roger Fancisco, Frank Garvey, Al Lerardi, Anne Whitefish-Williams, and James Stroud. Folder includes record sleeve with musical notation by Herbert Brun.

Folder 10: Rip Van Winkle Performance, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
7" Acetate Reel.
Folder 11: ISYM Ensemble Photographs, 1963-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Man With the Oboe, The" by Webster Smalley, 1963Add to your cart.

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