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Association of Canadian Orchestras

Ezra Schabas was appointed Chair of the Orchestra Openings/Mobility Committee of this Association in 1990. This committee publicizes vacant positions in symphony orchestras. Files in this subseries contain documents relating to the operation of the Association including minutes, correspondence, reports of the Orchestra Openings Committee, the Executive Committee, records relating to programmes, government relations and Orchestra study for the Canada Council.

Royal Conservatory of Music

This series contains mainly personal records of Prof. Schabas relating to his long association with the RCM. Arranged alphabetically by file title, these files contain correspondence and other communications, notes, copies of reports, etc relating to Prof. Schabas' activities as teacher, administrator and later, consultant for Special Projects (1990-1991). Included are files on the relationship between the RCM and the Faculty of Music and separation of the RCM from the University of Toronto, curriculum development, Building Committee, examinations, and personal correspondence with colleagues both at the RCM and U.of T. Related correspondence and papers may be found in Series III, Professional Correspondence.

Assembly

This series contains the records of the Assembly, the academic governing body of the Royal Conservatory, maintained by the Chairman's office during Prof. Schabas tenure. Files are arranged alphabetically by title and include minutes of the Assembly and its committees, Board of examiners files, and correspondence files on the various branches of the RCM.

Alphabetical files

This series consists of the entire second accession (B2008-0031), which consists of an alphabetical file series that documents most facets of Prof. Ezra Schabas’ career. While there are a few early records, most files document his activities after his retirement from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, including: involvement in associations and music groups, publishing and research endeavours including his book "Sir Ernest MacMillan: The Importance of Being Canadian"; evaluation reports of music programs throughout Canada; performances and public appearances; travels; workshops and talks. The files contain a variety of documents including correspondence, minutes, agenda, papers, talks, reviews, evaluation reports, scripts, grant applications and memorabilia.

Ezra Schabas fonds

  • UTA 1747
  • Fonds
  • 1949-2008

Fonds documents Prof. Schabas' forty year career as teacher, administrator, and consultant with the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and his numerous external activities as consultant, juror, examiner, and as member in various professional and government organizations devoted to the promotion of the education and professional development of musicians in Canada and abroad.

The arrangement of this accession reflects Prof. Schabas' long association with the Royal Conservatory of Music and is divided into two Sous Fonds:
-1: Royal Conservatory of Music
-2: Ezra Schabas Personal records

A later accession (B2008-0031, now described as Series 10 within Sous-fonds 2) is an accrual to the Ezra Schabas fonds. It consists of an alphabetical file series that documents most facets of Prof. Ezra Schabas’ career. While there are a few early records, most files document his activities after his retirement from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, including: involvement in associations and music groups, publishing and research endeavours including his book Sir Ernest MacMillan: The Importance of Being Canadian; evaluation reports of music programs throughout Canada; performances and public appearances; travels; workshops and talks. The files contain a variety of documents including correspondence, minutes, agenda, papers, talks, reviews, evaluation reports, scripts, grant applications and memorabilia. 1953-2007 (predominant 1985-2002)

Schabas, Ezra

Office of the Principal

This series consists of the subject files for this office during Prof. Schabas' tenure as Principal. Files are arranged alphabetically by title and contain correspondence, financial statements, minutes of meetings, notes,etc. File titles include among others the Ministry of Employment and Immigration, Metro Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition, Canadian Music Council, Guelph Spring Festival, Frederick Harris Music Co,and the New Music School.

Ezra Schabas personal records

Contains personal and professional correspondence, records of professional associations and consultative work, as well as teaching materials and lectures. His particular expertise in musical education and in particular, orchestras, resulted in him being commissioned by both private and public sector bodies to undertake studies and prepare reports. Many of these were published and led to developments in both these areas. Also included in this accession are manuscripts of addresses, articles and one book entitled Theodore Thomas: America's conductor and builder of orchestras 1835-1905, (University of Illinois Press, 1989).

Sous-fonds is divided into 10 series

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music
  2. Personal correspondence
  3. Professional correspondence
  4. Professional associations
  5. Conferences and workshops
  6. Studies and reports
  7. Talks and publications
  8. Teaching
  9. Sound recordings
  10. Alphabetical files (from later accrual)

Association of Colleges and Conservatories of Music

Prof. Schabas was a founding member and the first president of the ACCM from 1980-1984. This series contains files relating to its conferences in Toronto (1980), Banff (1981), Quebec (1982), and one file of general correspondence, notes,and reports (1982-1989).

Personal correspondence

Personal correspondence with mainly colleagues and friends both in Canada and around the world is contained in this series.

Professional correspondence

This series consists of correspondence, reports, and notes relating to his professional activities as a consultant, author, teacher and administrator with the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and with other professional associations relating to music. Included, among others, are files relating to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chalmers Performing Arts Training Grants Programme, National Orchestra Association, Ontario Federation of Symphony Orchestras, among others. Five files relating to the Musical Performance and Communications Programme are also included (Box 20, files 05 to 09).

Canada Council

During the 1980's Prof. Schabas held appointments to committees of the Canada Council: Advisory Arts Panel and Music and Opera Advisory Committee, 1981-1984; and from 1988 to 1993, the Music and Opera Advisory Committee. Included in this subseries are correspondence, copies of reports such as the "Festival Concert Society, Les Jeunesses musicales du Canada and the National Youth Orchestra" (1989), and Arts Grants jury.

International Clarinet Congress

While at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Prof. Schabas was Chair of the first Canadian conference of the International Clarinet Congress held in Toronto in 1978. Contained in this subseries are the administrative files for this Congress including correspondence with accompanists, routine enquiries, accommodations, and program. Also includes some photographs of accompanists and sessions.

Musical Performance and Communication Programme

This was a programme founded and directed by Prof. Schabas from 1986 to 1990 at the Faculty of Music. The programme was funded by the federal Employment Immigration Canada and Ontario Arts Council through the University of Toronto. It was "a unique programme (7 terms varying from 3 to 6 months each) to help professional musicians to develop effective musical and administrative out-reach procedures in communities."

The records in this subseries consist of administrative files relating to the programme including field trips, educational programmes, student applications and files, staff files, brochures and pamphlets, press clippings, schedules,and finances.

This sub-series also includes photographs of students, field trips and courses. In-class and public concerts as well as field trips to public schools were documented on 8 mm video tape.

Includes photographs removed to Box 001P

Conferences and workshops

Professor Schabas was involved as a presenter, teacher and organizer of numerous conferences and workshops relating to the music profession both in Canada and internationally. Among the files in this series are the Festival de Musica de Gramado in Brazil (1983), Inter-american Music Council (Consejo interamericano de musica - CIDEM) in Toronto (1967), Columbia (1968), Argentina (1970), National Arts Centre Conductor Workshops (1985), Sonneck Society, and Tehran Conference on "Music education in the countries of the Orient" (1967). Includes correspondence, copies of papers by Prof. Schabas and others, programmes, financial statements, etc.

Ontario Arts Council

Prof. Schabas has been involved with the Ontario Arts Council since the mid 1960's when he was commissioned to write a report on "Ontario Community Orchestras" (1966) which became a blueprint for developing 40 professional and amateur orchestras in Ontario. This series of correspondence, minutes, notes, and reports documents these activities. Included are records on the OAC's Advisory Committee on Touring which resulted in the report "Touring in Ontario" with David Silcox, William Wylie, and Reva Gerstein and led to the formation of the Council's Touring Office; and a copy of "Choral Music in Ontario" with Keith Bissell, which led to the formation of the Ontario Choral Federation, Ontario Youth Choir and annual province-wide 'Choirs in Contact'.

Studies and reports

During his career, Prof. Schabas has been commissioned as a consultant and advisor by a number of organizations both in Canada and abroad. The files in this series contain correspondence, manuscripts of reports and final copies of reports, research materials, etc relating to these activities. Included are, among others, the Manhattan School of Music (1989-1991), Music at the University of New Brunswick study (1988-1990), Trinidad and Tobago National Music School (1975-1976), University Settlement Recreation Centre, Toronto (1983-1986).

Talks and publications

This series consists of files relating to his book Theodore Thomas: America's conductor and builder of orchestras, 1835-1905 University of Illinois Press, 1989 and general files containing manuscripts of various talks such as "The symphony orchestra: past, present and future" delivered at the Edward Johnson building, University of Toronto, October 1970.

Teaching

This series consists of lecture notes, course outlines, notes from readings, student papers and assignments, and correspondence relating to courses in Music taught at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. Course represented in this series relate mainly to orchestras (MUS 4201S) and performance practices (MUS 4600V and 4605S).

Sound recordings

This series is comprised of sound recordings from various sources, some of which relate to specific series. Included are talks at conferences, radio interviews Schabas gave about the Royal Conservatory and the Music Performance and Communication Programme (MPC), some original acoustical recordings of Schabas and radio programmes about Schabas and his work. See item list.

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