American Choral Directors Association Special Collections

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Harold A. Decker Papers and Recordings

Colleen J. Kirk Papers and Sound Recordings

Russell Mathis Papers

L. Stanley Glarum Papers and Audio Recordings

Morris D. Hayes Papers and Realia

Elwood Keister Papers

Ferenc Farkas Collection

Charles C. Hirt Papers

Walter S. Collins Papers

Elaine Brown Music and Papers

Fred Waring Collection

F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores

Robert Shaw Collection

Robert and Ellis Snyder Choral Library and Personal Papers

Small Collections



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Collection Overview

Title: American Choral Directors Association Special Collections, ca. 1950-2000Add to your cart.

ID: 12/9/172

Primary Creator: American Choral Directors Association (1959-)

Other Creators: Brown, Elaine (1910-1997), Christiansen, F. Melius (1871-1955), Collins, Walter S. (1926-1997), Decker, Harold A. (1914-2003), Farkas, Ferenc (1905-2000), Glarum, L. Stanley (1908-1975), Haberlen, John B. (1940-), Hayes, Morris D. (1919-2006), Hirt, Charles C. (1911-2001), Keister, Elwood (1920-2003), Kirk, Colleen J. (1918-2004), Mathis, Russell (1926-2014), Maze, Glen L. (1928-2002), Page, Ronald Royce (ca. 1940-), Shaw, Robert Lawson (1916-1999), Snyder, Ellis Emanuel (1898-1969), Snyder, Robert Ellis (1930-2021), Waring, Fredrick Malcolm (1900-1984), Yamron, Janet (1932-), Youngberg, Eva Mae Struckmeyer (1930-)

Extent: 70.75 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in 15 record groups: Record Group 1, Harold A. Decker Papers and Sound Recordings; Record Group 2, Colleen J. Kirk Papers and Sound Recordings; Record Group 3, Russell Mathis Papers; Record Group 4, Stanley Glarum Papers and Sound Recordings; Record Group 5, Morris D. Hayes Papers and Realia; Record Group 6, Elwood Keister Papers; Record Group 7, Ferenc Farkas Collection; Record Group 8 Charles C. Hirt Papers; Record Group 9, Walter Collins Papers; Record Group 10; Elaine Brown Music and Papers; Record Group 11, Fred Waring Collection; Record Group 12, F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores; Record Group 13, Robert Shaw Collection; Record Group 14, Robert and Ellis Snyder Choral Library and Personal Papers; and Record Group 15, Small Collections which consists of 5 series including the Eva Youngberg Papers, Ronald Page Collection, John Haberlen Robert Shaw Collection, John Haberlen Research Files on William L. Dawson, and the Glen Maze Collection of Choral Method Books. Record Groups will be processed over time.

Date Acquired: 01/06/2022

Subjects: Books, Choirs, Choral music, Choral singing -- Instruction and study, Choral Society, Church music--Catholic Church, Civil Rights, Class Record Books, Compositions-Music, Folk music, Folk songs, Magazines, Music -- Brazil, Music -- China, Music -- Illinois, Music -- Illinois - Education, Music -- Japan, Music -- Korea, Music -- Russia, Music - United States, Musical Repertoires, Music Library, Music Publishers, Music teachers, Music teachers - Training of, Music Teachers National Association, Teaching Methods, Vocal music

Formats/Genres: Scrapbooks

Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish;Castilian, Thai, Swedish, Chinese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence, programs, lectures, photographs, research files, newsletters, newspaper clippings, sound recordings, meeting minutes, awards, publications, music scores and parts, and personal papers documenting the careers of major American choral directors and leaders of the American Choral Directors Association between the 1950s and 2000.

Biographical Note

Concerned by the lack of resources available to American choral directors, Robert Landers (director of the US Air Force Choir), Archie Jones (director of choirs at the University of Texas), and Maynard Klein (director of choirs at the University of Michigan) first conceived of a national choral association in 1957. The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), originally called the American Choirmasters Association following the American Bandmasters Association, was founded two years later in Kansas City, Missouri during the biennial conference of the Music Teachers National Association. The ACDA, which began with 35 members, was established to serve the needs of pubilc school, collegiate, community, sacred, and professional choirs by sponsoring choral workshops, international conventions, concert exchanges, and symposia.

The first executive board was led by Archie Jones (president), R. Wayne Hugoboom (executive director), Earl Willhoite (treasurer), Charles Hirt, Warner Imig, James Aliferis, Elwood Keister, and Harry Robert Wilson. During their first meeting, the executive board established a set of bylaws and yearly dues of $6.

In March 1960, the organization held its first biannual convention in conjunction with the 1960 Music Educator's National Conference. This conference consisted of concerts, reading sessions, workshops, and panel discussions. The following May, the ACDA published the first issue of the Choral Journal. Eleven years later, the organization held its first independent conference in Kansas City. Since then, the ACDA conference has expanded to include honor choirs and multiple sessions.

In addition to their biannual conference, the organization has fostered the annual Schmitt and Pepper Choral Composition Competitions since 1962. In 1991, the ACDA added the Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition. In addition, the ACDA also provides awards for dissertations and professional research on choral music. 

Since 1961, the ACDA has been governed by both national and regional officers from six regions. In 1979, the ACDA added a seventh region to accomodate expanding membership.

Subject/Index Terms

Books
Choirs
Choral music
Choral singing -- Instruction and study
Choral Society
Church music--Catholic Church
Civil Rights
Class Record Books
Compositions-Music
Folk music
Folk songs
Magazines
Music -- Brazil
Music -- China
Music -- Illinois
Music -- Illinois - Education
Music -- Japan
Music -- Korea
Music -- Russia
Music - United States
Musical Repertoires
Music Library
Music Publishers
Music teachers
Music teachers - Training of
Music Teachers National Association
Teaching Methods
Vocal music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: American Choral Directors Association

Acquisition Method: Transfer through deed of gift.

Appraisal Information: 10 boxes of loose choral music in the Decker Record Group (box 7-8,10-11, 13-15, 18, 23 and one unlabelled box) was deaccessioned June 24, 2022.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Record Group:

[Record Group 1: Harold A. Decker Papers and Recordings, 1902-2009],
[Record Group 2: Colleen J. Kirk Papers and Sound Recordings, 1949-2003],
[Record Group 3: Russell Mathis Papers, 1960-1977],
[Record Group 4: L. Stanley Glarum Papers and Audio Recordings, 1930-1977],
[Record Group 5: Morris D. Hayes Papers and Realia, 1956-1991],
[Record Group 6: Elwood Keister Papers, 1958-1995],
[Record Group 7: Ferenc Farkas Collection, 1933-2001],
[Record Group 8: Charles C. Hirt Papers, 1923-2001],
[Record Group 9: Walter S. Collins Papers, 1940-1996],
[Record Group 10: Elaine Brown Music and Papers, 1880-2005],
[Record Group 11: Fred Waring Collection, 1937-1997],
[Record Group 12: F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores, 1918-1954],
[Record Group 13: Robert Shaw Collection, 1954-2005],
[Record Group 14: Robert and Ellis Snyder Choral Library and Personal Papers, 1935-1999],
[Record Group 15: Small Collections, 1893-2006],
[All]

Record Group 12: F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores, 1918-1954Add to your cart.
Consists of music scores arranged and edited by F. Melius Christiansen, who founded the renowned St. Olaf Choir, and includes eleven volumes of choral arrangements as part of "The St. Olaf Choir Series," published by Augsburg Publishing. This collection spans the years 1918-1954 and was donated to the ACDA by Christiansen's son, Olaf Christiansen, who co-conducted the St. Olaf Choir alongside his father, later becoming the next full-time conductor upon his father's retirement. This record group is organized chronologically by publishing date.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bounded Set of Scores: The Prodigal Son; St Olaf Choir Series Vol. I-II, 1918-1919Add to your cart.

Both Scores arranged by F. Melius Christiansen. Aubsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, MN.

The Prodigal Son: A Sacred Cantata for Soli and Chorus fo Mixed Voices with Accompaniment of Piano, Organ or Orchestra.

Folder 2: St. Olaf Choir Series Volumes I-V, 1919-1925Add to your cart.

Edited by F. Melius Christiansen. Published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, MN.

Volume I consists of 1. Arise, Shine--G. F. Cobb; 2. Asleep in Jesus--Ole Bull; 3. But the Lord Is Mindful of His Own--Mendelssohn; 4. Come to Me--Unknown; 5. Evening Hymn--Witt; 6. Hymn--F. Schubert; 7. If With All Your Hearts--Mendelssohn; 8. Morning--Mendelssohn; 9. Now is Christ Risen--J.M. Bach; 10. Now the Day is Over--Oscar Borg; 11. Now the Shades of Night are Gone--LeClerc; 12. O Son of God--Curschmann; 14. Sanctus--Luigi Cherubini; 15. Sanctus--Gounod; 16. Sing Unto the Lord--Mozart; 17. The Guidein Star--H. Kjerulf; 18. The Light of Bethlehem--F. Abt; 19. The Love of God--Mozart; 20. The Sabbath Call--C. Kreutzer; 21. The Way is Long and Dreary--Spitta; 23. Thou Wilt Keep Him--George Leach; 24. Upward--H. Wetterling (Ladies' Voices); 25. What Holy Calm--Beethoven.

Volume II consists of No. 26. A Song of Praise--Beethoven; 27. A Cheerful Heart--C. Isenmann; 28. And the Glory of the Lord--G. F. Handel; 29. Behold a Host--Edvard Grieg; 31. Blessed is He Who Cometh--Ch. Gounod; 32. Break Forth into Joy--J. Barnby; 33. Funeral Hymn--F. A. Ressiger; 34. Hail to the Brightness--F. A. Reissiger; 35. Heavenly Dwelling--F. Schubert; 37. Jubilate, Amen--H. Kjerulf; 38. Landsighting--Edvard Grieg; 39. Near is the Lord--J. Rheinberger; 40. O Rest in the Lord--Mendelssohn; 41. Parting and Meeting--Mendelssohn; 42. Pilgrim's Chorus--Richard Wagner; 43. Pleasant are Thy Courts--W. Lagerkranz (Ladies); 44. Praise Ye the Lord--M. Vulpius; 45. Prayer--F. H. Himmel; 46. Song of the Pilgrim--J. S. Bach; 47. The Promised Land--A. Søderman; 48. Those Eternal Bowers--Joh. S. Svendsen; 49. Thine, O Lord--James Kent; 50. 'Tis the Evening's Holy Hour--Beethoven.

Volume III contains all compositions by F. Melius Christiansen and consists of No. 51. Beautiful Savior; 52. Before Thee, God; 53. Christmas Hymn; 54. Come, Thou Last Summer Ray; 55. Dayspring of Eternity; 56. Grace Wonderful; 57. Hosanna; 58. Prayer; 59. Take Down Thy Harp; 60. The Flower of Love; 61. The Mother's Song; 62. The Rainbow Bridge of Prayer; 63. Today There is Ringing; 64. The Vision of Christ; 65. Wondrous Things The Lord Hath Done.

Volume IV contains all compositions by F. Melius Chrisitansen and consists of No. 66. Angel Bright. 67. Ascension; 68. As Sinks Beneath the Ocean; 69. A Life in God; 70. Cast Down, Yet Hoping in God; 71. Father Most Holy; 72. Funeral Hymn; 73. O Happy Day; 74. Onward; 75. O Sacred Head; 76. Praise to The Lord; 77. Sighing Soul, Hear; 78. The Bridge of the King; 79. The Christian Virtues' Mother; 80. The Enchanting Word.

Volume V consists of No. 81. How Fair the Church of Christ Shall Stand; 83. God our Father; 84. Hear Me; 85. Night, And A Lonely Star; 85. Night, And A Lonely Star; 86. Come, Thou Savior of Our Race; 87. All My Heart; 88. O Darkest Woe!; 89. The Morning Star; 90. In Dulci Jubilo; 91. This the Sight That Gladdens; 92. O Wondrous Type; 93. Welcome; 94. Christmas Hath Angels' Voice; 95. The Christmas Tree.

Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: St. Olaf Choir Series Volumes VI-VIII, 1925-1934Add to your cart.

Edited by F. Melius Christiansen. Published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, MN.

Volume VI contains No. 96. Good Tidings to Zion; 97. Put Up the Sword; 98.O, Absalom, My Son; 99. Brethren; 100. A Snow Mountain; 101. From Heaven Above; 102. Wake, Awake; 103. O Bread of LIfe; 104. Built on a Rock; 105. Deck Thyself, My Soul; 106. In Heaven Above; 107. Light of Light; 108. Give Praise; 109. A Christmas Carol

Volume VII contains No. 110. Clap Your Hands--F. Melius Christiansen; 111. Thou Art, O God--Thomas Moore; 112. Blest Are the Pure in the Heart--J. Keble; 113. Source of Calm Repose--J. A. Freylinghausen; 114. Here, As We Come--Lucy Larcon; 115. Be True--Horatius Bonar; 116. So Soberly and Softly--Mrs. Elizabeth Charles; 117. Consider the Lilies--William Channing Grant; 118. Thou Grace Divine--Eliza Scudder; 119. Lost in the Night--F. Melius Christiansen; 120. Rise My Soul--John Nelson Darby; 121. What Joy to Reach the Harbor; 122. Fairest of Roses--F. Melius Christiansen; 123. Lord of Spirits--F. A. Reissinger; 124. When God Paints the Sunset--F. Melius Christiansen; 125. Celestial Spring--F. Melius Christiansen, A Motet in Four Movements: The Spirits Yearning, No. I; 126. Exaltation, No. II; 127. Regeneration, No. III; 128. Glorification, No. IV.

Volume VIII contains all arrangements by F. Melius Christiansen and consists of No. 129. Thy Kingdom Come; 130. Vigil; 131. Hallelujah to The Lord; 132. Here Leave Your Sorrow; 133. Lamb of God, Chorale 1540--Arr. by F. Melius Christiansen; 134. The Old Home; 135. Good Will and Peace; 136. Lullaby on Christmas Eve; 137. Bridal Song--F. Melius Christiansen; 138. Aspiration--F. Melius Christiansen; 139. Joy; 140. Sunbeam Out of Heaven; 141. Vistas of Song; 142. Blessed Jesus; 143. This Night; 144. Behold A Host; 145. Temples Eternal; 146. Christmas Starlight; 147. Angels Made an Arbor; 148. Evening Hymn; 149. Beautiful Yuletide; 150. Kingdom of God.

Folder 2: St. Olaf Choir Series Volumes IX-XI, 1935-1954Add to your cart.

Edited by F. Melius Christiansen. Published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, MN.

Volume IX contains works by or arranged by F. Melius Christiansen and consists of No. 151. a) Lamb of God, b) He is Blessed; 152. Hosanna in the Highest, 153. Marah; 154. The Voice Within; 155. Rock and Refuge; 156. Longing for Home; 157. A Carpenter Cut the Manger Wood; 158. The Yuletide; 159. O Heart Attuned to Sadness; 160. Golden Harps are Sounding; 161. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth; 162. I Know a Home Eternal; 163. Sabbath Morn; 164. Father, O Hear Me; 166. In Heavenly Love.

Volume X contains woks by or arranged by F. Melius Christiansen and consists of No. 167. There is a Song on Zion's Mountains; 168. Sing, And Let Your Song Be Now; 169. Day is Dying; 170. Sing Praise to God; 172. Come Soothing Death--Bach, arranged by Christiansen; 173. Easter Bells; 174. From Grief to Glory--Verse I, Decadence; 175. From Grief to Glory--Verse II, Love in Grief; 176. From Grief to Glory--Verse III, Spring Returns; 177. From Grief to Glory, Verse IV, Life; 178. My God, How Wonderful; 179. Mother's Day Song; 180. King of Glory; 181. Lo, How a Rose--Praetorius.

Volume XI contains works by F. Melius Christiansen and consists of No. 182. The New Song; 183. O Son of God; 184. What is LIfe; 185. Beauty in Humility; 186. Immortal Love; 187. Thine be the Glory; 189. Christ in the Temple; 190. Deep Within; 191. When Curtained Darkness Falls; 192. Born Anew; 193. The Sun Has Gone Down; 194. The Spires; 195. There Many Shall Come; 197. At Dayspring; 198. I Praise Thee; 199. Have Mercy and Spare; 200. Heaven and Earth; 201. Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence; 202. Unto Us; 203. My Peace I Give Unto Thee; 204. O Darkest Woe; 205. What Thanks I Owe Thee; 206. O Day Full of Grace; 207. As Sinks Beneath the Ocean, No. 2; 208. A Poet Lived in Galilee; 209. Thy Kingdom Come, O Lord; 210. Thy Word; 211. Through Solemn Midnight Rising; 212. My Psalm; 213. Two Wedding Songs, SSA; 218. Go Not My Soul.

Folder also contains two Augsburg Publishing House Music Catalogs


Browse by Record Group:

[Record Group 1: Harold A. Decker Papers and Recordings, 1902-2009],
[Record Group 2: Colleen J. Kirk Papers and Sound Recordings, 1949-2003],
[Record Group 3: Russell Mathis Papers, 1960-1977],
[Record Group 4: L. Stanley Glarum Papers and Audio Recordings, 1930-1977],
[Record Group 5: Morris D. Hayes Papers and Realia, 1956-1991],
[Record Group 6: Elwood Keister Papers, 1958-1995],
[Record Group 7: Ferenc Farkas Collection, 1933-2001],
[Record Group 8: Charles C. Hirt Papers, 1923-2001],
[Record Group 9: Walter S. Collins Papers, 1940-1996],
[Record Group 10: Elaine Brown Music and Papers, 1880-2005],
[Record Group 11: Fred Waring Collection, 1937-1997],
[Record Group 12: F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores, 1918-1954],
[Record Group 13: Robert Shaw Collection, 1954-2005],
[Record Group 14: Robert and Ellis Snyder Choral Library and Personal Papers, 1935-1999],
[Record Group 15: Small Collections, 1893-2006],
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