Harry Begian Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

Clinics and Conference Presentations

Sound Recordings

Correspondence

Administrative Records and Research

Teaching Notes and Scholarly Papers

Music

Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms

Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records

Books



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Collection Overview

Title: Harry Begian Papers, 1926-97Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/25

Primary Creator: Begian, Harry (1921-2010)

Extent: 25.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into seven series: Series 1, Clinics and Conference Presentations; Series 2, Sound Recordings; Series 3, Correspondence; Series 4, Administrative Records and Research; Series 5, Teaching Notes; Series 6, Music; and Series 7, Photographs and Uniforms. Materials are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.

Date Acquired: 12/10/1995. More info below under Accruals.

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, concert recordings, program notes, convention materials, research materials, and published articles that document Harry Begian's career as a conductor, teacher, guest speaker, and scholar from 1946-2005. In addition to administrative materials from his University career, this collection contains his personal teaching materials such as class notes, lesson plans, and conducting exercises. This collection also contains two boxes of his personal arrangements for high school and University bands.

Biographical Note

Harry Begian (1921-2010), University band conductor, composer, arranger, and pedagogue, has appeared as a guest conductor and speaker for numerous high school, University, and professional concert bands throughout the United States and internationally.  Dr. Begian started his career as a band director during WWII at McKenzie High school in Detroit before he was drafted.  After he finished serving in the war, he went on to become the director of the Cass Technical High School Symphonic Band from 1947-1964, making it one of the finest high school bands in the country.

Dr. Begian was director of bands at Wayne State University, his alma mater, from 1964-1967, and director of bands at Michigan State University from 1967-1970 before his 14 year tenure as director of bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1970-1984.  After his retirement from the University of Illinois, he went on to become the director of the Purdue University Symphonic Band from 1985-1987.

In addition to being a professional conductor and composer, Dr. Begian is also widely recognized for his pedagogical techniques, and he has published 17 articles on rehearsal analysis and conducting strategies.  He has also been the subject of two dissertations, as well as numerous interviews published in the Instrumentalist.  Dr. Begian has been the recipient of various awards, including the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence, The Edwin Franko Goldman Award, and the Notre Dame St. Cecelia Award among others.


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Series 5: Teaching Notes and Scholarly PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Pedagogy, 1935, 1950, 1956-57, 1968, 1973-74, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Pedagogy: Gustav, Joseph, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Gamma Omicron Chapter, 1941-47, 1949-50, 1953, 1955-61, 1963, 1973Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Transparencies (1 of 3), 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Copies from Transparencies (2 of 3)Add to your cart.
pages 83-166
Folder 3: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Transparencies (3 of 3), 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Negatives: Aubry, Pierre "Musical System of Armenian Church", 1902Add to your cart.
article in La Tribune de Saint Gervais
Folder 5: New York World's Fair - Armenian Folk Festival, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs of Gormidas Vartabed, Maps & Church Plans, 1964Add to your cart.
used along until dissertation
Folder 7: St. John's Armenian Church of Greater Detroit, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Tanglewood Notes, 1938, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 19: UIUC, Conducting Class, Scores for MUS 431, Notes, Music Articles, 1968, 1972-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Microfilm: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Materials, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Microfilm: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Materials, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Microfilm: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Materials, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Microfilm: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Materials, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Microfilm: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Materials, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Microfilm: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Materials, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Microfilm: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Materials, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Microfilm: Gomidas Vartabed Dissertation Materials, 1960Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Sousa Marches - Advanced Conducting Class Material MUS 449, 1992-93Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Student Paper - John Locke:  "and the mountains rising nowhere" by J. Schwanter, 1981Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Graduate Foundations Harry Begian, ca. August 26, 1946Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Michigan: Musicology Notes (1 of 2), 1956-58Add to your cart.
Folder 4: University of Michigan: Musicology Notes (2 of 2), 1956-58Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Veterans Administration (Scholaring), 1942-47, 1950-56Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dodworths Brass Band School, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Program Trends of the MSU Bands - Doctoral Dissertation Richard Johnson, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Symphoniphobias by Glen Morely, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Joseph Manfredo Dissertation, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Emeritus Professor Harry Begian: Conductor and Teacher of Symphonic Bands - Masters Dissertation S.J. Williams, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Life and Work of Leonard Falcone with Emphasis on his years as Director of Bands at MSU: Doctoral Thesis - M.D. Welch, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Modal Systems of Armenian Sacred Music - Masters Thesis Hachig Thomas Kazarian, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Selected Band Conductors Preparation to Conduct Selected Band Compositions - Doctoral Thesis by Barry Len Ellis, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 17: Pedagogical tools, correspondence, publications, picturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Accompanying soloist guest conductingAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Auditioning proceduresAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Concert stagingAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: ConductingAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Conducting problemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: ExpressionAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Instrumentation and balanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: March interpretationAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: ProgrammingAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: RehearsingAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Score AnalysisAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Seating arrangementAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: SolfegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Studies in Time DivisionAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: TuningAdd to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Scholarly Papers Written by Harry Begian, 1956-1957Add to your cart.

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[Series 2: Sound Recordings],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Administrative Records and Research],
[Series 5: Teaching Notes and Scholarly Papers],
[Series 6: Music],
[Series 7: Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms],
[Series 8: Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records, 1961-1973, 1961-62, 1964-68, 1973, 1983],
[Series 9: Books],
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