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Primary Creator: Blankenship, Shirley (1938-)
Extent: 14.25 cubic feet
Arrangement: Organized into five series: Series 1) Personal Papers, ca.1900-2009, Series 2) Audio Recordings, 1953-2015, Series 3) Sunshine Dinner Playhouse Theatre Production Photographs, 1995-1997, Series 4) Guido Sinclair Music and Papers, 1958-2005, and Series 5) Shirley Blankenship Computer Files, ca. 1950-2016. Series 1 is arranged chronologically. Series 2 is arranged in two different methods by date of acquistion: materials received in 2009 are arranged by a system of Roman numerals given to each recording by Shirley Blankenship and materials received in 2016 are arranged alphabetically based on their original order. Series 3 is arranged alphabetically by the title of the production. Series 4 contains two sub series based on the primary creator of the material: Sub-Series 1) Guido Sinclair Papers and Music and Sub-Series 2) Shirley Blankenship's Guido Sinclair Legancies. Each sub-series is arranged chronologically. Series 5 is arranged into three subseries based on the bulk of material found within each set of files: Sub-Series 1) Personal Files, Sub-Series 2) Audio Files, and Sub-Series 3) Shirley Blankenship's Guido Sinclair Legacy Files. Each of the sub-series in Series 5 is arranged alphabetically by title.
Date Acquired: 12/04/2009. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Adams County, Illinois, Champaign County, Illinois, Compositions-Music, Harps, Jazz, Music, School of, Music -- Indonesia, Music Composition, Piano, Quincy, Illinois, Theatrical Productions, Violin
Consists of scrapbooks, reel-to-reel audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, sheet music, photographs, correspondence, posters and concert programs documenting Dr. Shirley Meyer Blankenship's career as a music student at the University of Illinois, a harpist, violinist, pianist, composer, theater performer, private music instructor, and University of Illinois School of Music faculty member between 1972 and 1981. Of special note are original compositions based on the music of her former husband and jazz musician, Guido Sinclair (1935-1992), as well as graphic illustrations, concert posters, jazz recordings, and Sinclair's original compositions. Materials in Series 4, Sub-Series 1 represent materials created by Guido Sinclair and donated by Shirley Blankenship to the archives. The Music and Papers were partially digitized by Dr. Blankenship prior to being acquired by the University of Illinois. A small but selected sample of images and recordings are included online.
Shirley Meyer Blankenship is a music educator, composer, pianist, harpist, and violinist. She was born in Decatur, Illinois, in 1938 and graduated from the Notre Dame Conservatory of Music (Quincy, IL) in 1955 and Quincy Senior High School in 1956. As a teenager, she was awarded the title Miss Quincy. She received a BM in piano performance with a minor in violin from the University of Illinois in 1961. She continued her training in piano performance at Washington University in St. Louis receiving a Master of Music in 1966. She then returned to the University of Illinois to begin a Master of Music Theory degree and taught Music Theory as a graduate teaching assistant. She earned her second graduate degree in 1969 and eventually taught harp and music theory at the University of Illinois between 1972 and 1981. In 1977, she became the first woman to receive a Doctorate degree in music composition from the University of Illinois. From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, Dr. Blankenship performed on harp with the Squareknot Quartet, a group which included such members as Dorothy Martirano on violin. In the mid 1980s, Dr. Blankenship organized an arts exchange between the Squareknot Quartet and the country of Indonesia. At this time, Dr. Blankenship also married Guido Sinclair, a Jazz musician who played saxophone and performed regualarly at jazz venues in both Champaign and Chicago. Between 1988 and 1992, she began performing with Sinclair on violin, harp, and piano at several local bars and restaurants including Nature's Table. Dr. Blankenship was instrumental in promoting Sinclair's music after his death in 1992 and arranged, published, and performed several of his compositions. Around this time she began the Artist in Motion series, which held concerts at several area clubs including Chester Street. From the mid 1990s to the 2010s Dr. Blankenship began working on her Harp Legacy Project, in which several contemporary composers created compositions for her to perform and record. From this project she has created a number of harp webinars and articles on composing for the instrument.
During her teaching career, Dr. Blankenship has been an instructor of harp, piano, violin, viola, composition, music theory and other subjects at the University level. Her appointments include: Washington University in St. Louis; MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois; Quincy College; Lindenwood Colleges in St. Charles, Missouri; Hardin (formerly Jefferson) Junior High, St. Charles, Missouri; Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee; and the University of Illinois. As a violinist, Dr. Blankenship has performed with the Quincy Symphony, University of Illinois Symphony and also with the Springfield, Kankakee and Danville Symphonies. She has been the harpist for the Decatur Symphony and was the principal harpist with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, in which she has participated as a violinist, violist and keyboardist as well. Her theatrical career includes being the music director, accompanist and/or actress for productions at the University of Illinois, Little Theater Company and Champaign, Illinois' Sunshine Dinner Playhouse. Dr. Blankenship has contributed her performance skills to the advancement of contemporary and new music, especially for the harp. As a student at the University of Illinois, she was a member of The Contemporary Chamber Players and has been a consultant to numerous composers. Dr. Blankenship has performed and/or composed under the names of Sherilee Niles, Shirley Meyer, Shirley Ann Blankenship, Anne Jazzmin, and Gianne Sinclair.
Additional materials were donated by Dr. Blankenship on July 26, 2016.
Box 21 and 22 were donated by Dr. Blankenship to the Music and Performing Arts Library and then the boxes were transferred to the Center on June 14, 2021.
Box 23 and 24 were donated by Dr. Blankenship to the Sousa Archives on November 1, 2021.
Acquisition Source: Dr. Shirley Meyer Blankenship
Acquisition Method: Gift
DVD 1 - Video files re: Music 169 offered at Allen Hall (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015). Includes course and instructor policies, faculty members, student background, class rosters, programs, homework exercises, testimonials. Also includes: Art Maddox material; programs for Champaign Underground; Chansons Innocentes, composer: Shirley Blankenship, score and parts, audio performances; Charles Applebee and scores for piano pieces he performed; David Avshalomov and score for his "Sonata for Solo Harp"; Elbert Edits and "Manhunt", full score; Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer edits on "prettygirlproblems"; Frans van der Sommen; Giorgio Spagnoli; Jacob Barton; Jerry Bezdek.
DVD 2 - Video and audio recordings, including: $1,000, $500, and $250 movie folders; cover items forr CD 1 ($1,000 and $500), for CD 2 ($500 and $1,000), for CD 3; Legacy Slideshow $1,000; writings; Fantasy 1; Legacy Slideshow 1 & 2; Metawaltz, Shirley, harp solo; honor ceremony.
DVD 1- Titled "Captures for Webinar". Contains photographs and video footage for 2015 harp legacy webinar hosted by Shirley Blankenship; album covers, Blankenship family photographs, images of Blankenship playing the vina (ca. 1971), Cantebury Trio programs (ca. 1991), Concert programs and newsclippings for concerts at the Inman Hotel (ca. 1991), Artist in Motion programs and Mission statement (1998), Awards√??? and University Position recognition (1950s-1970s), Thank you cards and Correspondence to friends in Indonesia (ca. 1950s-2009), Photographs from Chester Street (ca. 2001), Church concert programs and newsclippings (ca. 1957-2009), Biography and Program of works by Gordon Binkerd (ca. 1969), Photographs of Jazz musicians (ca. 1980s-2000s), Hardin Jefferson School photographs (ca. 1970s), Trip photographs from Indonesian Ameresia Jubilamat Project (1985), Student photographs and programs, Symphony photographs and programs, Summer Youth Music camp programs; Guido Sinclair Photographs for Movie; Jacob Barton Harp Legacy Data; Website Information.
DVD 2- Titled "Sousa CU Kids." Contains CU-Kids Programs and Audio Recording, and Christmas card for the Sunshine Dinner Theater, Ca. 1992-1996.
DVD 3 - Titled "Go Daddy Program Names," Contains:Recital Programs, 1953-1979; Concert in Miniature Sound Files; Photographs and Audio Recordings of Guido Sinclair and Blankenship, ca. 1983; Robert Martin Recordings, ca. 1997; Notes on edited sound files; Squareknot Quartet Audition photographs, sound files and WEFT Radio program.
DVD 4- Titled "1000 Movie Folder" Contains: Photographs included with a movie commemorating Blankenship's life, photographs range from early family photographs, photographs of her education, photographs of ensembles, and photographs of students, ca. 1953-2016; Audio Interview with Blankenship; Legacy movie an slide show, ca. 2014.
DVD 1- titled "More Recordings," contains: Programs, Photographs and Audio Recordings for performances by Guido Sinclair and commemorating Sinclair; Recordings by Robert Martin; Recordings of Blankenship on Piano and Harp, ca. 1953-1970; Rahni Kennedy Recital, 2003; Sagileo Parts.
DVD 2- Titled "Kathy Tessin" contains: Parts and full score for "Chansons Innocents", "Fantasy Stuck for Viola and Harp," Audio Recordings of Kathy Tessin and Ellen Finch; Scores for "Metaphysical Waltz;" Photographs of "Peace for Guidosan;" Score for "Taste of Honey," arranged for Cello and harp; Blankenship biography and information on compositions for Victoria Grant; Score and revisions for "Visions and Revisions."
DVD 3- Titled "My compositions," contains: Audio recordings of arrangements made by Blankenship for the Squareknot Quartet; Scores for compositions by Blankenship; Audio demos for the Squareknot Quartet; WEFT radio Jummer's programs and recordings, summer 1981.
DVD 4- Titled "SQ Quincy and Urbana High, 1983". Contains: Canteburry Trio and Squareknot Quartet Audio recordings and concert programs, 1983-1991.
DVD 5- Titled "For Paul - Guido Connection," contains: Enhanced audio recordings and photographs from 1953-1992 and Enhanced Recordings and Photographs of a Recital given by Blankenship on Hadyn's Sonatas for Violin, 1964.
DVD 6- Titled "Haydn Sonatas - the Best Ones," contains: Audio recordings from 1955-1992 and programs from recitals, ca. 1955-1964.
DVD 1 - Titled "Indiegogo 1" contains: Album Covers and track listings for Shirley's Legacy CDs; Perks Schedule for Donations to Shirley Legacy Project, includes pictures, scores, and audio files; Photographs used for the Legacy Project; Indiegogo fundraising feedback and posting news, 2013.
DVD 2- Titled "Perks" contains: Perks Schedule for Donations to Shirley Legacy Project; Smoke on the Mountain program, cast list, and song cues, 1994; Poems by Blankenship including Peninks, The Finger and Fiddler, The Phantom Goldfarb, The Hollow, and The Stone that Breathes.
DVD 3- "Titled $500 and $1000" contains Perk Schedule for Donations to Shirley's Legacy Project.
DVD 4- Titled "Jacob Barton" contains Material sent to web designer Jacob Barton for Blankenship's legacy Website.
DVD 5- Titled "Honk"contains video files of Tuscola community theater production of musical "Honk", 2010.
DVD 6- Contains audio recording and information about a 1987 recording of the Fantastiks at the Krannert center.
DVD 1 - Includes scores of works by selected composers: Andres Carrizo; Clare Shore; file on contemporary composers; Daniel Adams; David Dolatowski; Devon Yasamune Toyotomi; Ernst von Dohnyani; Man-Dhing Donald Yu; Elizabeth Lauer; Frank E. Warren; Maurice Ravel; Mark Lathan; Matthew H. Fields; Monica Lynn; Myra Kovary; Nickos Harizanos; Randy Partain; Robert Martin; Rudolph Haken; Timothy Miller; Ulf Grahn. Includes some audio recordings, correspondence, lists.
DVD 2 - Includes scores by 20th century composers for harp including:Andres Carrizo; Clare Shore;Daniel Adams; David Dolatowski; Devon Yasamune Toyotomi; Ernst von Dohnyani; and others.
DVD 3 - Includes ompositions by composers from DVD 1. Also lists, promotional materials for Blankenship's legacy project.
CD 1 - Audio recordings, program of "Duo for Violin and Cello" by Shirley Blankenship, copyright 1979, first performance in Champaign-Urbana, February 13, 1974; "Chansons Innocentes" score, performance -"Hist Whist", 1971; "Metaphysical Waltz" by Shirley Blankenship, August 1988, partial score, cover, audio recording; Slide Show and audio recording of "The Squirrel"; "Terse Trio" by Shirley Blankenship, performed 1970, complete score, performance.
CD 2 - Slide Show (1950 - 1999), photos and audio recording of "The Squirrel".
CD 3 - Audio recording, program, partial score of "Duo for Violin and Cello"; "Chansons Innocentes" score, dedication, performance -"Hist Whist", 1971; "Metaphysical Waltz" by Shirley Blankenship, August 1988, partial score, cover, audio recording; Slide Show and audio recording of "The Squirrel"; "Terse Trio" by Shirley Blankenship, performed 1970, complete score, performance.
CD 4 - Duo for Violin and Cello, score, title page; "Terse Trio in Three Movements for Violin, Viola and Cello", audio recording; "Chansons Innocentes" score, performance -"Hist Whist", 1971; "Metaphysical Waltz" by Shirley Blankenship, August 1988, partial score, cover; Slide Show, photos and audio recording of "The Squirrel"; "Terse Trio in Three Movements for Violin, Viola and Cello", audio recording, score.
CD 5 - Audio recordings: "Terse Trio", "Be Careful".
CD 1 - Audio recordings, unlabeled tracks, label on CD case lists performances of: Chromaticca, Le Polichinele, Beethoven, Adele's, Ebb Tide, Haru - Molnra, Alla Rustica, Debussy, Meta, Holst.
CD 2 - Audio recording. 10 unlabeled tracks. Label on CD case shows the following titles: "Be Careful";"Sagileo"; "Squirrel"; "Squirrel", Guido and Combo (1983), scat; "Days of Wine and Roses", harp & sax; "Shirley's Delight", VIM; "Shirley's Delight", Blind Pig, Shirley/Zanter; "Sagileo", "Everytime", "Squirrel".
CD 3 - Audio recordings including classical pieces by Holst, J. Strauss, Andres Jolivet, Bach, Villa Lobos, Debussy and "Metaphysical Waltz" by Shirley Blankenship. Most tracks are JPEG images that are inaccessible and appear, from track title, to incude programs from Shirley Blankenship's recitals and performances, 1953 - 1983.
CDs. CD 1 - Audio recordings, 10 tracks, all labeled on CD. Tracks include: "Alla Rustica" for flute and harp, by Andres Jolivet (Thomas Howell, flute); "Nine Hundred Miles" (Shirley Blankenship, vocal); "Squirrel" (Guido) scat; "Concerto for Percussio and Piano" by Jolivet; "Trio for Flute, Harp, Bassoon" by Jolivet; "Elegiac Trio for Flute, Harp, and Viola" by Bax (Charlie Delaney, flute; Guiermo Perich (viola); Shirley Blankenship (?) (harp); "Estampes by Debussy; "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms", (Shirley Blankenship, vocal); Schuman; "Sonata for Violin and Piano", K.296; by Mozart.
CD 2 - Audio recordings, 7 tracks, all labeled. Include: Pogo recording of "Days of Wine and Roses"; "Hist Whist"; "Metaphysical Waltz", harp solo b Shirlet Blankenship; "Sagileo" by Guido and Shirley"; studio recording of Poesia before May 2003 concert in WV.
CD 3 - Audio recordings, 8 labeled tracks. Include: "Alla Rustica" for flute and harp by Jolivet; "Ebb Tide", harp solo; "Elegiac Trio" for flute, harp and viola by Arnold Bax; "Le Polichinelle" by Villa Lobos, piano; Schumann; Guido Connection from The Blind Pig; "The Squirrel" by Guido and Shirley (Dorothy Martirano, violin; Shirley, piano, Paul Zonn[?]; "Violin and Cello Duo".
DVD 1 - Audio recordings and video images. Recordings from Guido's Variety in Motion. Video images include: covers and programs from Shirley Blankenship's recitals (1953 & 1955); graduate recital of Thomas Howell (flute), with Shirley Blankenship (harp) (1969); flier for Orpheus performance, (1991) (Kathy Tessin (flute), Anne Jazzmin (harp); Guillermo Perich violin recital (1974) (Wilma Zonn, oboe; Charles DeLaney, flute; Shirley Blankenship, harp; Concert Choir concert (1979); flier for 1983 performance in Quincy by Square Knot Quartet and Guido SInclair Quartet; flier for 1994 performance at The Blind Pig (Shirley Blankenship, violin; Mark Zanter, guitar); documentation for Variety in Motion, Be Careful, Champaign Underground; photographs. Also includes family and personal photographs. Additional family and personal photos and programs from performances. Fliers, lists for promotion of legacy project. Many files on Harp Legacy Project.
DVD 2 - Contains list of levels of monetary contributions to Legacy Project and audio recordings and photographs that contributors will receive at each of the contribution levels.
DVD 1 - includes Legacy Slide Show of Shirley Blankenship with "Serenade for Woodwind Quintet and Harp", Shirley Meyer Blankenship, harpist.
DVD 2 - includes audio program preceeded by appeal for support of legacy project by Shirley Blankenship (2013).
DVD 3 - includes Smoke Over The Mountain, Sunshine Dinner Playhouse (1994).
DVD 1 - Labeled "Data DVD - Scrapbooks I - XIV; Harp Article". Scrapbook I covers early childhood and school and includes: photographs, cards and letters, concert programs, drawings, family pictures, news articles, report cards, articles by Shirley Meyer Blankenship. Scrapbook II covers high school graduation and admission to college and includes: photographs, cards and letters, concert and recital programs, trips. Scrapbook III includes awards, articles, photographs, concert and recital programs. Scrapbook IV includes early professional years, family and personal photographs, concert programs, trips. Scrapbook V: photographs, programs, articles, cards, trips, photos and programs for Squareknot Quartet. Scrapbook VI: correspondence, photographs, Indonesian/Bali trip. Scrapbook VII: Deals mostly with Guido and Shirley. Includes: photos, publicity, correspondence, programs. Scrapbook VIII- XIV: Photos, programs, correspondence.
DVD 2 - Labeled "Data DVD - Scrapbooks I - XIV"; Contents of these scrapbooks duplicate those found in DVD I.
DVD 3 - Labeled "Back-up Data CD Scrap Books I - IV".
DVD 4 - Labeled "Scrapbooks 5 - 14, PDF files, Harp article, Harp pictures.
DVD 5 - Labeled "14 Scrapbooks, Harp Pictures." Note: DVDs 2, 3, 4, and 5 duplicate material found in DVD 1.
DVD 1 - Scrapbook I: photographs from California, dance recitals, voice recitals, of friends; contest sheets, report cards, family pictures. Also includes promotional fliers for rhythm and composition lessons and lessons on harp, piano, violin, viola, guitar, rhythm.
DVD 2 - Back-up of Scrapbooks I-IV.
CD 1 - Back-up of Scrapbooks V & VI.
CD 2 - Back-up for Scrapbooks VII & VIII.
CD 3 - Back-up of Scrapbooks IX & X.
CD 4 - Back-up of Scrapbooks XI & XII.
CD 5 - Back-up of Scrapbooks XIII & XIV.
CD 1- Contains: photographs of compositions made and performed at Hardin-Jefferson Middle School, ca. 1970s.
CD 2- Contains photographs of compositions created by the following composers at the University of Illinois: Beth, Gaburo, Bob Jeffers, Charles Watts, David Means, Gary Punt, Janet Gilbert, Keith Leneski, Michael Baskin, Scott Wyatt, Les Gestes, and Tom Warrington.
CD 3- Contains: Shirley Blankenship Musical Arrangements including: Climb Every Mountain, Lara's Theme, Love Story, Man of La Manchia. It also contains pdfs and photographs of Shirley Blankenship's original Musical Compositions, including: "Metaphysical Waltz" (1988), "Piece for Guidosan" (1988), "Do Not Go Gentle" and "The Trees Stand," "Chansons Innocents: Hist Whist, InJust, and Tumbling Hair" (1974), "Duos for Violin and Cello," and "SAALMM" (1978).
CD 1- Titled "Symphony Programs" Contains Picasa Program files and Presentation and Symphony Orchestra programs and photographs (1955-2010).
CD 2- Titled "Programs Pictures Collected" contains Symphony programs (1946-2010)
CD 3- Titled "Washington University" Contains: Photographs from Quincy College and Lindenwod and Jefferson (1961-1972).
CD 1- Contains: Audio Recordings where Shirley Blankenship accompanied students including Brenda Rucker, Rahni Kennedy, and Charlotte Koch Tournear; as well as piano concert programs from the 1960s; audio recordings and their re-masters from recitals performed by Blankenship as well as concert programs performed by her and Kathy Tessin; concert programs from 1953-1995, including a School of Music +509 Concert poster from 1995 featuring works by Paul Martin Zonn and Blankenship; Audio Files from "CD 1" and "CD2" that have been remastered, ca. 1983-1995
CD 2 - Contains Audio files that were re-mastered from "CD III", which contains tracks from Variety in Motion Tape Cassette; Audio Files and concert programs for concerts with Blankenship and Brenda Rucker (Soprano), 2001-2004.
CD 3 - Contains: Audio remasters of contemporary music recordings made by Blankenship including pieces by Lutislawski, Persichetti, Bernard Rands, James Stroud, Barney Child, Villa Lobos, and Herbert Brun; Concert Programs for Contemporary Music including: Ugly New Music Festival (1995), Contemporary Chamber Players performing works by William Bolcom and William Brooks (1971), +527 Concert Program featuring works by Herbert Brun and Eric Lund (1998), Summer Work Shop of Contemporary Music featuring music by LeJaren Hiller (1967), Contemporary Chamber Music Series featuring music by Herbert Brun and Morgan Powell (1970), +500 Concert featuring Music of Steve Reich and Blankenship(1994), New Music Concert featuring works by Susan Parenti and Mark Sullivan (1992), and An Evening of New Music featuring works by Neely Bruce, James Fulkerson, Denis Riley, and James Stroud (1968).
CD 1- Titled: Weston 4. Contains two folders: Pieces for Sound Cloud and Guido. The first folder "Pieces for Sound Cloud" contains programs and photographs of Blankenship's career as a harpist as well as concert programs of ensembles Blankenship performed with between 1970-2015. The second folder "Guido" contains concert programs and re-mastered/ digitized sound recordings of programs performed by Guido Sinclair as well as Programs and recordings of Blankenship's arrangements of Sinclair's pieces from 1983-1994. Of particular note are programs and audio files featuring the Champaign Underground, including Morgan Powell, Ray Sasaki, Donnie Heitler, and Dorothy Martirano and Variety in Motion.
CD 2- Titled Weston 5. Contains: Concert Programs and recordings of Blankenship on Harp ca. 1953-1983; Programs and audio recordings of pieces for Harp by Andre Jolivet, Bela Bartok, and Sergei Prokofiev, 1961-1973; and Recordings and Programs of Robert Martin's compositions including "The Owl and the Pussycat" and "Vogons on the Beach", ca. 1997-2006.
CD 3 - Titled Weston 6. Contains: Piano and Harp recordings and programs of works by Debussy and Ravel by Shirley Blankenship, made between 1951-1976; Recordings and Posters for Shirley's Harp compositions Fantasy I, Fantasy II, and Metaphysical Waltz, recorded 2014; and Audio Recording remasters for "Paul" originally made 1951-1961, re-mastered 2015.
CD 1- Contains: Three main folders including: Mark Zanter Compositions, Shirley Blankenship Solo Piano Recordings, and Shirley Blankenship Compositions. Of particular note are Mark Zanter's "Emily Dickenson Songs," Mark Zanter's Programs from the 1994 Composers Symposium, Mark Zanter's 2003 Faculty Composer's Concert, and Recordings of Shirley Blankenship's "Metaphysical Waltz."
CD2: ContainsShirley Blankenship's student audio recordings and programs from 1953-1974.
CD3 Contains repetoire lists, programs, and audio recordings for the Square Knot Ensemble from 1978-1984; and solo piano audio recordings and programs from 1955-1963.
CD 1 - Audio recording. 6 unlabeled tracks. Label on CD case reads: Mark Zanter, Emily Dickinson Song, Brenda Rucker [voice]; Mozart, Brenda Rucker [voice]; Shirley Blankenship, accompanist. Undated.
CD 2 - 16 unlabeled tracks. Program on CD case lists some of the selections but track numbers not exact match with CD tracks. CD not titled but may be "Brenda Rucker Concert at Cultural Center: Mozart with Brenda" although the 16 tracks appear to be selections by Brahms, Faure, Hammerstein & Rogers, Norman & Simon, Ira & George Gershwin, Aherns & Flaherty, Ira Gershwin & Kurt Weill, and Lerner & Weill.
CD 3 - Mark Zanter, Faculty Composer's Concert, May 2, 2003. 3 tracks - 1: Ricerar de Poesia, 2002 by Mark Zanter; Dorothy Martirano (violin), Shirley Blankenship (piano). 2: Stella 2001 by Mark Zanter; Zanter (guitar), Blankenship (viola & piano). 3: Still Here 1997 by Mark Zanter; Paul Balshaw (baritone), Martirano (violin), Patty Green (guitar), Blankenship (viola), Solen Dikener (cello), Chamber 10 & more.
CD 1- Contains Audio Recordings of compositions of Shirley Blankenship and performed by her, Including: "Fantasy Stuck for Viola and Harp," "Chansons Innocents," "Peace for Guidosan," "Violin and Cello Duo," "Sagileo," "The Trees Stand," and "Visions and Revisions." In addition, the CD includes the following audio recordings: "Alla Rustica" by Andres Jolivet; "On Stilts Among Ducks," by Herbert Brun; "Duet" by Chuck Dibley; and "Les Gests" by Bernard Rands.
CD 2- Contains: Audio recordings of concerts at Olivet Nazarene Unversity; Radio Shows; performances by students. Folder also includes detailed descriptions of the content of both CDs.
CD 1 - Audio recording. One track, length 17:48. Shirley Meyer Blankenship, Visions and Revisions, Enhanced. Labeled "Best One." No artist or date indicated.
CD 2 - Audio recordings in Wave (MP2) and MP3 formats. No artist or recording date indicated.
CD 3 - Audio recording, one track: Visions and Revisions. No artist or recording date indicated.
CD 1 - Audio recording of compositions by Mark Zanter, include: "I Took One Draught of Life" (ca. 2002); "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" (ca. 2002); "The Words The Happy Say" (ca. 2002); "Answer July" (ca. 2002); "The Earth Has Many Keys" (ca. 2002) from Emily Dickinson Songs performed by Brenda Rucker; "Visions and Revisions" (1975) composed by Shirley Blankenship; "Ricerear di Poesia for Violin and Piano" (2003); "Mirror for Trumpet, Bass, Piano", Shirley Blankenship, Piano (1994).
CD 2 - Audio recordings by unknown artists. Dates shown indicate performance dates. 5 tracks include: Andres Jolivet, "Alla Rustica for Flute and Harp", Shirley Blankenship (harp), Thomas Howell (flute) (1969); Andres Jolivet, "Concerto for Percussion & Piano" (1964-65); Bartok, "Sonata for Piano" (ca. 1961); Andres Jolivet, "Trio for Flute, Bassoon & Harp" (ca. 1974); Prokofiev, "Sonata No. 6 for Piano" (1962). Engineer for both CDs: Paul Weston.
CD 1- Contains digitized audio files of recitals given by Blankenship in 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, and 1963.
CD 2- Contains audio files created by Shirley with performances and works by Robert Martin, Brenda Rucker, Guido Sinclair, and Shirley Blankenship, undated.
CD 3- Contains audio recordings of Shirley Blankenships compositions including Fantasy Stuck for Viola and Harp, Chansons Innocents, and Visions and Revisions; performances of contemporary music by Blankship including Herbert Brun's "On Stilts Among Ducks," "Solo For Carolyn," "Duet for Harp and Tuba" by Chuck Dibley, and "A Question of Summer" by Barney Childs; also contains recordings made by Robert Martin, Brenda Rucker, and Kathy Tessin, all ca. 2006.
CD 4- Contains audio recordings of the Square Knot quartet at Nature's Table, the Market Street Mall, and Jumer's Black Bear Mall; also contains recordings of Guido Sinclair with Square Knot Quartet; ca. 1988-1994.
CD 5- Contains recordings of Guido Sinclair from Variety in Motion and Nature's Table, Rahni Kennedy Clarinet Recital, and Mark Zanter concert with the Chicago Connection at the Bop Shop, undated.
Video clips for Shirley Meyer Blankenship musical legacy. All shot in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
CD 1 - Includes two takes of promotional video of Jane Meyer Blnkenship. Audio is of poor quality on Take 2_4---Best 3; audio quality is better on Take4_1.
CD 2 - Includes two takes of promotional video of Jane Meyer Blankenship. Audio is of poor quality on both.
CD 3 - One take of promotional video of Jane Meyer Blankenship. Audio quality is extremely poor, as if recorded at a faster speed than playback speed.
CD 4 - One take of promotional video of Jane Meyer Blankenship. Audio quality is extremely poor, as if recoded at a faster speed than playback speed.
CD 5 - One take of promotional video of Jane Meyer Blankenship. Poor audio quality.
CD 6 - One take of promotional video of Jane Meyer Blankenship. Poor audio quality.
CD 1 - Shirley Meyers Blankenship Compositions. 11 audio tracks have no specific titles; Tracks 1 -10 contain audio recordings; Track 11 does not appear to contain any audio recording.
CD 2 - Shirley Blankenship's Music. PDF files. Compositions: "Do Not Go Gentle" (1966,)text by Dylan Thomas, for voice and piano; "The Trees Stand" (1966), text by E.E. Cummings, for voice and piano.
DVD I - (1953-1962) Includes: 1953 Notre Dame Recital, Notre Dame Conservatory of Music, Quincy, IL, performed as pianist, harpist, violinist. Also includes: 1955 Recital at Notre Dame with various classical pieces, most notably segment from Bruch Violin Concerto. Also includes: Unversity of Illinois Graduation Recital (1961); 1962 Washington University Master's Degree Recital. Includes Fulbright Audition Tapes: Fulbright Piano Recording (ca. 1959) and Fulbright Violin Recording (ca. 1959). Also recordings of Murrayville and Woodsen Chorus and Band grades 1-7 (1962). Includes vocal recordings.
DVD II - Contains Audio Recordings made by Blankenship at Hardin Junior High, Quincy College, and Lindenwood college, ca. 1950-1971. Also Contains: typed notes regarding Blankenship's early performance history.
CD 1 - Labeled "I Audio". Audio recordings, 14 unlabeled tracks. Label on CD case reads: "1) Zanter, 1 viola & accompanying on 1 piece; 2) Brenda; 3) Kennedy."
CD 2 - Labeled "Audio II, Compositions". 11 unlabeled audio tracks.
DVD 1 - Labeled "Data Disc III: Compositions, Contemporary Music, Zanter, Martin, Okay items, Edited Items, Items to be Edited." 9 tracks of contemporary music; "Intertwines", 4 tracks; "Ricercar di Poesia" by Mark Zanter, 2 tracks; "The Own and the Pussycat", 3 parts; works composed by Blankenship and performed by Blankenship.
DVD 1 - Labeled "IV Data - Squareknot Quartet, Black Bear, NT, Mall, SQ and Guido, Pat and Guido". Contains audio recordings of performances at WEFT, Nature's Table, Market Street Mall, Jumer's, Balcony, Black Bear, Quincy, on April 14th. Performances by: Squareknot Quartet, Guido, Pat and Dorothy, Debra, Blankenship.
DVD 2 - Labeled "V Data - Shirley and Guido; Variety in Motion; Synthezided vln [sic] parts; live performance at Krannert: 3 Trios; Radio interview w/Megan; Interview First Chair Players". Includes: Live audio performance at Krannert, 1990s. Also includes audio recordings: compositions and transcriptions by Blankenship, Zanter, Bill French, Dorothy Martirano; performances by Guido, Blankenship, Raphael, Michelle, Concert in Miniature; demos; pieces with vocals by Guido, piano by Blankenship; interview with Blankenship. Also The Guido Connection, The Chicago Connection.
DVD 3 - Labeled "Data VI - Harp, Piano, Violin & Viola Music." Audio recordings, mostly classics, of Blankenship recitals, 1950s and 1960s.
DVD 4 - Labeled "VII Data - Quincy 63-5; Olivet 90-92; Krannert 70s". Audio recordings of performances of classical and modern pieces, most undated, performers unidentified for most pieces.
DVD 5 - Labeled "VIII - Data - Miscellaneous; Murrayville; Woodsen; Singing; Galen". Audio recordings, 12 tracks, some venues and performers identified, most undated. Venues include: Lindenwood, Murrayville and Woodsen, Jacksonville, IL; radio show. Identified performers include: Marilyn, Kathy and Shirley.
DVD 1 - Video recordings of scene from "Smoke on the Mountain". Label reads "File extension".
DVD 2 - Video recording of Act 1 (October 22, 2000).
DVD 3 - Video recording of backstage after the show & rehearsals.
DVD 4 - Video recording of Act 2, pt. 1.
DVD 5 - Video recording of Act 2, pt. 2.
DVD 1 - Audio recordings. Some folders on disk labeled "keys checked", others labeled "revised keys", others labeled "originals not revised."
DVD 2 - Includes audio recordings of classical pieces for piano, flute and harp, viola and harp, harp solo, and harp and choir, and original pieces by Shirley Blankenship (Metaphysical Waltz). Also includes recital programs for Shirley Blankenship and others. Files contain recordings of classical and contemporary pieces in correct and revised keys.
DVD 3 - Recordings of piano accompaniment for Brenda Rucker (voice) and Rahni Kennedy (flute). Also recordings of Guido performances accompanied by Shirley Blankenship, The Champaign Connection, Champaign Underground, and other groups. Programs for performances by various ensembles.
DVD 4 - Audio recordings of pieces by Jolivet, Bartok, Prokofiev. Programs from recitals by Shirley Meyer Blankenship. Audio recordings with Mark Zanter, Photographs of Spitfire Grill musicians, Mark Zanter.
DVD 5 - Video clips from "Smoke on the Mountain", Paul Weston audio and video enhancement. Audio recordings include: "Fantasy 1" and "Fantasy 2", "Metaphysical Waltz", "Visions and Revisions", photographs.
CD 1- Contains PDFs and Finale Master Files of compositions written by Guido Sinclair (1950-1992) digitized and arranged by Shirley Blankenship (ca. 2007-2010). Also Contains digitized audio recordings from Variety in Motion Tape Cassette (1988). Compositions include: 1056, Airnonaskum, Asil Kleoranac, Azz Izz Theme, Be Careful, Be Truthful, Black Brown, Bobby Hobby, Brother David Fol, Bucky in the Bush, Bucky's Song, Celibacy, Clydes Pride, Drumski, Ella and Liza, Emit Catch You, Everytime am I Worthy, For those Who Care, Griggs Groove, Half Step Up, How Long Must, Hymn for Black Mothers, I thought So, In Came Beard, In the Middle, Kiss for Kenny, Knute's Tune, Loveable Sweet Messenger, Mac Minor, Machota, Magic Lick, Mama Ida, Maryabmber's Request, Master Bates, Maureen's Dreams, Metaphysical Waltz, Mogo's Gone, Mo-Hop, Mopper, Nature's Table, Not Enough of Too Much, Nuff Said, One for Jazzmin, One for Meeks, One for Nancy, Ping Pong, Popcorn Lover, Quit it, Rekibuki, Sagileo, Sarahsoda, Saykome, Seredy, Shirley's Delight, Shirl's World, Spent with Ghent, Squirrel, Terry's Tune, Too Hot-to-Squat, Tuffy's Jungle.
CD 2- Copy of CD 1.