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Name of Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept. of Music.
Title:Dept. of Music records
Location Code:34/4
Reference Code: A116
Extent:1 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Northeastern University Department of Music records include materials pertaining to the Department's administrative activities, as well as promotional materials related to the Music at Noon concert series, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Series, and the Choral Society's concerts. Concert programs and publicity materials are grouped by concert series.The Music at Noon concert series included the Early Music Players, the Tamarack Trio, the Choral Society, the Chamber Music Society, African American Sacred Musics, and performances by Music Department faculty and visiting musicians. Of note is the audio cassette of John Curtis's classical guitar performance in 1989. The majority of the collection dates from 1988–1993, and the concerts during this period were performed under the direction of faculty including Virginia Eskin, Roland Nadeau, Denise McMahon, Joseph Payne and Reginald Hache. Of interest are the materials related to the Share a Composer program which honored and provided local residencies for modern composers at a consortium of local universities. Included are materials related to the residencies of Vivian Fine, Gunther Schuller and Robert Starer.Administrative materials in the collection include Department correspondence, meeting minutes, memoranda, and materials related to academic music courses, which provide insight into the structure of the music curriculum and faculty activities.
Historical Abstract:The Northeastern University Department of Music began as part of the Department of Drama, Speech and Music in 1958 and became an independent department in 1966–1967. The music curriculum was originally a non–major program for professional musicians who desired theoretical training. In 1982, a BA in Music Literature became available. By 1989, the Department began collaborating with the New England Conservatory to offer a Music Industry major, and by 1992, music history courses were included in the Department's curriculum.The Music at Noon concert series was founded in 1962 by Roland Nadeau and Reginald Hache, and was formally adopted by the University in 1967–1968. The concert series provided a showcase for both student and professional talent. In 1986, Professor Leonard Brown initiated the John Coltrane Memorial Concert which became an annual event.During the 1980s, Northeastern University participated in the Share a Composer program which invites major American composers to Boston for a week of concerts, lectures and events featuring their original music. Participants have included Henry Brant, Vivian Fine, Ulysses Kay and Karel Husa. In 2011, the Department of music offers five majors: a BS in Music Technology, a BA in Music History and Analysis, a BA in Music Industry, and the combined BS in Interactive Media and Music and BS in Computer Science and Music. Five minors are also offered: Ethnomusicology, Musical Theater, Music Industry, Musical Performance and General Music.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by subject.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
  • Concerts –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • Music –– Study and teaching –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Choral Society
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Arts and Sciences
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) –– Music at Noon

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Related Archival Materials:

Band Association records (A74), Northeastern Records (A66).

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Chelsea Gunn, April 26, 2011
1958Department of Drama, Speech and Music is established.
1966–1967Department of Music is established.
1967Music at Noon concert series is established by Roland Nadeau and Reginald Hache.
1982BA in Music Literature is first offered by the University.
1986John Coltrane Memorial Concert series is started by Professor Leonard Brown.
1989BA and BS in Music are offered for the first time at the University.
1998–1999Music Technology Concentration begins.

Feldscher, K. (2000). Northeastern University 1989–1996, The Curry Years: Smaller but Better. Northeastern University Publications.

Frederick, A. (1982). Northeastern University, an Emerging Giant: 1959–1975.Northeastern University Publications.

Frederick, A. (1995). Northeastern University, Coming of Age: The Ryder Years 1975–1989. Northeastern University Publications.

Heim, K., Baratta, S. and Rafala, N. (2010). The History of Music at Northeastern University: From Its Origins in Student Activities to its Development as a Department. Retrieved from

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1Administrative Materials (4 folders)n.d., 1967–1993
1Chamber Music Societyn.d., 1967–1969, 1988–1998
1Choral Society (3 folders)n.d., 1988–1993, 2000
1Competitionsn.d., 1988–1991
1Faculty n.d., 1968, 1991
1John Coltrane Memorial Concertn.d., 1987–1991, 1997
1Music at Noon (4 folders)1988–2010
1Music Week1967, 1968
1New England Composers Orchestran.d., 1986–1988
1Newspaper/Press Clippings (2 folders)n.d., 1967, 1968, 1985–1992
1NU Notes: The Newsletter for the NU Music Major1989, 1990
1 Posters 1987
1Public Relations (3 folders)n.d., 1967–1968, 1986–2009
1Share a Composer (3 folders)1989–1992
1Zamir Chorale Concert1988, 1989