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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Finding Aid for Harry Begian Papers, 1926-97 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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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 7: Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms],
[Series 8: Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records, 1961-1973, 1961-62, 1964-68, 1973, 1983],
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Series 4: Administrative Records and ResearchAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Armenian Choral Society - Detroit, Correspondence, Concert Programs, Newsclippings, 1965-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Armenian Churches, Historic Articles, Church Related Articles, Calendars, 1959-62, 66, 69-71, 81, 83-84Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Armenian Music, Related Concert programs, and newsclippings, 1949, 1950, 1961, 1962, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Armenian People and Culture, 1961-62, 1965, 1967, 1969-71, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Conducting, 1961-62Add to your cart.
Box 10: University of Illinois BandsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1: 100th Anniversary Concert, April 19-30, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: University of Illinois - ISYM, June 15-26, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Illinois Marching Illini, 1968, 1970-74, 1976-77, 1983, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: University of Illinois - ISYM, June 14-27th, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: University of Illinois - ISYM, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1976-77, 1980-81, 1984-85Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newsclippings (1 of 2), 1970-78, 1980-85Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newsclippings (2 of 2), 1970-78, 1980-85Add to your cart.
Folder 8: University of Illinois: Official Forms and Correspondence, 1970-85Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Record of General Activities" Forms, 1970-78Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Search Committee - Assitant Director A & B, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Search Committee - Assitant Director C, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Search Committee - Assitant Director D - G, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Search Committee - Assitant Director H, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Search Committee - Assistant Director J - La, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Search Committee - Assistant Director Le - O, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Search Committee - Assitant Director P - S, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Search Committee - Assistant Director T - W, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Search Committee - Assistant Director (Late), 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Search Committee - Assistant Director of BandsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Search Committe - Assistant Director, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Sousa Library and Busch MuseumAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: U of I Concert Programs, 1970-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Hindsley, Mark H., 1976, 1980-1981, 1995Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 27: Parade of Roses and Rose Bowl, 1983-1984Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 28: Parade of Roses and Rose Bowl Newsclippings (1 of 2), 1983-84Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 2: University of Illinois: Singing Illini Band, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Illinois Student Correspondence, 1974-75, 1980-84Add to your cart.
Folder 5: University of Illinois Bands, 1985-91, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: University of Illinois Bands, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: University of Illinois Bands, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 8: University of Illinois Bands, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 9: University of Illinois Bands, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: University of Illinois Bands, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: University of Illinois Bands, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: University of Illinois Bands, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 13: University of Illinois Bands, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 14: University of Illinois Bands, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: University of Illinois Bands, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 16: University of Illinois Bands, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 17: University of Illinois Bands, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 18: University of Illinois Bands, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 19: University of Illinois Bands, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 20: University of Illinois Bands, 1969-70Add to your cart.
Folder 21: University of Illinois Bands, 1915, 1958, 1961, 1967-69Add to your cart.
Folder 22: University of Michigan, 1956, 1970, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Allen P. Britton, Assoc. Dean, U of M School of Music, 1964-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 27: University of Michigan Bands, 1950-53, 1955-57, 1960, 1966-67, 1969-71, 1974-78, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 29: University of Michigan - Commencement, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 30: University of Michigan Bands: Concert Programs, 1947-60, 1963-64, 1966-68Add to your cart.
Folder 31: University of Michigan: Dissertation, "Godimas Vartabed," and award of Ed. D. degree, 1960, 1962-64, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 32: University of Michigan: Doctoral Work, 1955-59Add to your cart.
Folder 33: University of Michigan: Essays and Assignments, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 34: University of Michigan: Essays and Assignments, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 35: University of Michigan School of Music, 1950-51, 1954, 1956, 1962, 1965, 1971, 1974Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Improvability of Pitch PerceptionAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: List of Donated Items from UI Bands to Chatfield Brass Band Free Music Lending Library, July 31, 1980Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Engagement calendars 1984-1999, 1984-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 26: John P. Paynter, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Piansano Press - Victor BordoAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Published articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Russell Hammond, 1993-94Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Stephen Williams Sydney Conservatorium - AustraliaAdd to your cart.

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[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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