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Music Library Collection of Faculty Events

  • CA OTUFM 51
  • Collection
  • 1946-2020, 1965-2020 predominant

Collection consists of concerts by faculty members, students, student ensembles, and guest artists, at one of the Faculty of Music theatres (Walter Hall and MacMillan Theatre), and at other University venues.

University of Toronto. Faculty of Music

Royal Conservatory of Music fonds

  • UTA 0185
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1984

This fonds contains 9 accessions of records from the Royal Conservatory of Music. See accession-level descriptions for details.

Royal Conservatory of Music

Royal Conservatory of Music

Consists of RC Quarterly Reviews and Monthly Bulletins, ca. 1927 - 1979. Also included are approximately 50 photographs of various RCM concerts and 1 video-cassette of an RCM opera production, 1970.

David Dunlap Observatory fonds

  • UTA 0023
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1996

This fonds contains 2 accessions from the David Dunlap Observatory. See accession-level descriptions for details.

David Dunlap Observatory

International Forum Foundation fonds

  • UTA 1415
  • Fonds
  • 1965-1972

Fonds consists of material related to Teach-in's organized by the International Forum Foundation and held at the University of Toronto.
1965 – Revolution and Response
1966 – China: Coexistence or Containment
1967 – Religion and International Affairs
1968 – Exploding Humanity: Crisis in Numbers

Includes minutes of meetings, correspondence, memoranda, notes, financial records, programs, publicity and press coverage, audiotapes of pre-Teach-in lectures (1967), speeches, a colour film of Secretary General U Thant's address to the Third International Teach-in (1967), photographs and publications.

International Forum Foundation

Interview with Leighton Harrell conducted by Hillary Chu

Item is a video recorded interview between Rosemonde Desjardins (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Leighton Harrell (interviewee). Leighton Harrell is a bassist and composer from Raleigh, North Carolina, currently attending the University of Toronto's Jazz Performance program. Leighton has held a biweekly residency at Poetry Jazz Cafe with his quartet since 2019. He has also performed at venues such as The Toronto Jazz Festival, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, and Toronto Meridian Centre for the Arts. As a composer and artist, Leighton draws inspiration from hymns and spirituals, folk music, and various traditions of Black American Music. Leighton and Hillary's conversation covers topics including Black AMerican Music, colonialism, cultural appropriation, performative diversity, and music pedagogy.

Interview with Ricardo Ferro conducted by Rosemonde Desjardins

Item is a video recorded interview between Rosemonde Desjardins (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Ricardo Ferro (interviewee). Ricardo Ferro is a Venezuelan-Canadian composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Toronto, Ontario. As an emerging composer, Ricardo has written music for and worked with North American ensembles and performers such as the Calidore String Quartet, Oakville Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Younggun Kim. He has written award-winning music for film and theatre for the Sundeis Film Fastival in Boston and the National Theatre School Festival in Canada. In 2019, Ricarod co-founded the Green Room Sound Collective, a contemporary music organization dedicated to the creation and performance of new dramatic and multimedia works of music, and is currently their artistic director. Ricardo is currently pursuing a degree in composition at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Ricardo and Rosemonde's conversation covers topics including eurocentrism in music, music pedagogy, Black Lives Matter, and representation.

Interview with Tara Kannangara conducted by Hillary Chu

Item is a video recorded interview between Hillary Chu (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Tara Kannangara (interviewee). Tara Kannangara is a vocalist and instrumentalist known for her diverse sound. She is a Juno-nominated artist, and holds a degree in Jazz studies from the Unviersity of Toronto. Tara has performed across North America at venues including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and New York City's Jazz Gallery. Tara is currently a sessional teacher at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Music's Jazz program. Tara and Hillary's conversation covers topics including assimilation, gender disparity, music pedagogy, racial inequity, and systemic discrimination.

Interview with Andrew Adridge conducted by Rosemonde Desjardins

Item is a video recorded interview between Rosemonde Desjardins (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Andrew Adridge (interviewee). Andrew Adridge is a Guyanese-Canadian vocal performer, and a graduate from the University of Toronto opera program. He works as the Operations Associate for Opera.ca, and is the Co-Founder of Opera InReach, an initiative aimed at examining the civi impact of opera, creating an authentic Canadian identity for it, and engaging the next generation of performers with equitable and diverse digital programming and mentorship. Andrew and Rosemonde's conversation covers topics including tokenization and diversity, the arts, Black Lives Matter, and systemic discrimination.

Interview with Andrew Balfour conducted by Hillary Chu

Item is a video recorded interview between Hillary Chu (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Andrew Balfour (interviewee). Andrew Balfour is a Cree composer, conductor, singer, and sound designer whose works include choral, instrumental, and orchestral music. As a result of the Sixties Scoop, Andrew was raised in a non-Indigenous family in Alberta. Today he is a highly sought-after composer known for fusing Classical music traditions with Indigenous texts and themes to highlight the unsettling sociopolitical pressures and commentary that have surrounded Indigenous peoples in Canada for many years. Andrew and Hillary's conversation covers topics including education, equitable access to opportunities, violence against Indigienous peoples, and systemic discrimination. Trigger warning: the interview includes discussion of Residential Schools, and mentions of addiction.

Interview with Beverley McKiver conducted by Elizabeth Robinson

Item is a video recorded interview between Elizabeth Robinson (interviewer, representative of the U of T Music Library) and Beverley McKiver (interviewee). Beverley McKiver is a music teacher, composer, accompanist, and performer based in Ottawa, Ontario. Beverley's compositions have been performed at Native Earth Performing Arts, Jumblies Theatre, and Soundstreams. In 2020 she premiered a suite of piano solos representing the provincial and territorial emblems, which she composed as a result of a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council. Beverley and Elizabeth's conversation covers topics including economic disparity, music pedagogy, and violence towards Indigenous communities. Trigger warning: this interview includes discussion of Residential Schools.

Interview with Bruce A. Russell conducted by Elizabeth Robinson

Item is a video recorded interview between Elizabeth Robinson (interviewer, representative of the U of T Music Library) and Bruce A. Russell (interviewee). Bruce A. Russell, (aka Ibrahim El Mahboob) is a composer and self-taught pianist living and working in Toronto. He studied at York University with James Tenney and Phillip Werren, and has composed music for the Madawaska String Quartet, Modetn Times Stage Company, and McMaster dancers and choreographers Pan Johnson and Tracy Renee Stafford. Bruce is particularly interested in 20th and 21st century music, especially posminimalism, and music of the African diaspora, including notated and non-notated forms. Bruce and Elizabeth's conversation covers topics including tokenization, performative diversity, Black Lives Matter, racial politics, and police violence. Tigger warning: this interview includes discussion of discriminatory terminology used to classify Black people. The interview includes mentions of suicidal depression, mental health, and institutionalization.

Interview with Dr. Farzaneh Hemmasi conducted by Claire Latosinsky

Item is a video recorded interview between Claire Latosinsky (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Dr. Farzaneh Hemmasi (interviewee). Dr. Farzaneh Hemmasi (in Persian orthography فرزانه حمصی ) is as Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Iranian popular music, the politics of popular culture, and transnationality. Her book, Tehrangeles Dreaming: Intimacy and Imagination in Southern California’s Iranian Pop Music, published in April 2020, examines the postrevolutionary pop music of the Iranian diaspora in Los Angeles as a site of transnational identity creation. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University and has held fellowships with the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Humanities Forum and Columbia University’s Middle East Institute as well as its Institute of Social and Economic Policy and Research. In the summer of 2020, Prof. Hemmasi was co-chair of the Faculty of Music’s Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (AREDI) Workgroup. Dr. Hemmasi and Claire's conversation covers topics including performative diversity, tokenization, music pedagogy, and Black Lives Matter.

Interview with Dr. Melissa Morgan conducted by Claire Latosinsky

Item is a video recorded interview between Claire Latosinsky (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Dr. Melissa Morgan (interviewee). Dr. Melissa Morgan is the Assistant Professor of Choral Music in the department of Media, Arts, and Performance at the University of Regina, where she conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, in addition to teaching courses in vocal diction and choral conducting. Previously, she was the Pfeifer Memorial Chair of Music at Luther College High School, and was founder and artistic director of the former community ensemble, Prairie Chamber Choir. Dr. Morgan holds a doctorate of Music Performance in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto, and is also an Associate of the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music in piano, voice, and flute. Dr. Morgan and Claire's conversation covers topics including access to information, music pedagogy, and racism.

Collection of interviews with BIPOC musicians

  • CA OTUFM 65
  • Collection
  • 2020

Collection consists of 9 recorded interviews, both audio and video. The interviews were held by members of the design team for the exhibit Polyphony: Diversity in Music, and feature students and faculty from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and musicians based in Ottawa, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; and Regina, Saskatchewan. Interviewers used questions to help the interviewers share their experiences with diversity in music. Questions included whether they identified with current categories in racial discourse (i.e. BIPOC), whether their culture or identity has impacted their opportunities, and what advice they would offer to emerging BIPOC musicians. Themes within the interviews cover a broad range of topics, including systemic discrimination, imposter syndrome, racism, identity, and music pedagogy.

University of Toronto Music Library

Henri Nouwen fonds

  • CA ON00389 F4
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1997, 1964 - 1996 predominant

Fonds consists of 15 series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. General files
  3. Calendar files
  4. Personal records
  5. Publisher files
  6. Financial files
  7. Teaching materials
  8. Nouwen’s education records and study notes
  9. Published works
  10. Video recordings of Nouwen
  11. Sound recordings
  12. Collected materials
  13. L'Arche Daybreak administrative files
  14. Ephemera and artifacts
  15. Photographs

Nouwen, Henri J.M.

The Canadian all star jazz show

File is a video recording of the first Canadian All Star Jazz Show, presented by Timex, with host Fred Davis, and featuring Oscar Peterson, Anne Marie Moss, Georgie Auld, Trump Davidson, Bert Niosi, Phil Nimmons, Pat Riccio, Mike White, Jack Kane, Peter Appleyard, Ron Collier, Phyllis Marshall, Jimmy Coxson, Jerry Toth, Roy Smith, and Ed Karam.

University of Toronto jazz orchestra and Hart House jazz ensemble

File consists of a recording of the concert, which took place in Walter Hall.
Performers : UTJO (University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra) and Hart House Jazz Ensemble ; Gordon Foote, director and Ernesto Cervini, conductor
Event details:

  • Switch in Time / Sammy Nestico
  • A View from the Side / Bill Holman
  • Things Are Getting Better / Adderley, Previn, arr. Rob McConnell
  • Just Friends / Davies, Klenner, Lewis, arr. Bill Holman
  • To You / Thad Jones
  • Wind Machine / Sammy Nestico
  • Old Milestones / John Lewis, arr. Christian Overton
  • Ward Lock / Chris Donnelly, arr. Spencer Krips
  • My Lament / Maria Schneider
  • Mean to Me / Ahlert, Turk
  • Oclupaca / Duke Ellington
  • September in the Rain / Henry Warren, arr. Geoff Claridge
  • Ain’t That a Kick in the Head / Jimmy Van Heusen
  • Nighthawks / Oded Lev-Ari

University of Toronto contemporary music ensemble : Frankenstein!!

File consists of a recording of the concert, which took place in Walter Hall.
Performers : U of T Contemporary Music Ensemble: Frankenstein!! ; Wallace Halladay, director ; with the U of T Saxophone Ensemble and U of T Percussion Ensemble ; and soloists Maeve Palmer, soprano and Parker Clements, baritone
Event details:

  • In Erwartung / Sofia Gubaidulina (Lorenzo Guggenheim, conductor with members of the U of T Saxophone and Percussion Ensembles)
  • Closet full of demons / Robert Paterson (Lorenzo Guggenheim, conductor)
  • Mysteries of the macabre / György Ligeti (Maeve Palmer, soprano)
  • Frankenstein!! / H. K. (Heinz Karl) Gruber (with soloist Parker Clements, baritone)

Calidore String Quartet

File consists of a recording of the concert.
Event tracks:

  • Dean's Welcome
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 10, op. 74, E-flat major. Poco adagio / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 10, op. 74, E-flat major. Adagio ma non troppo / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 10, op. 74, E-flat major. Presto / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 10, op. 74, E-flat major. Allegretto con variazioni / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 2, op. 18, no. 2, G major. Allegro / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 2, op. 18, no. 2, G major. Adagio cantabile / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 2, op. 18, no. 2, G major. Scherzo / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 2, op. 18, no. 2, G major. Allegro molto, quasi presto / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 12, op. 127, E-flat major. Maestoso / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 12, op. 127, E-flat major. Adagio / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 12, op. 127, E-flat major. Scherzando vivace / Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 12, op. 127, E-flat major. Finale / Ludwig van Beethoven

Jonathan Crow, violin and Joseph Johnson, cello

File consists of a recording of the concert.
Performers : Jonathan Crow, violin ; Joseph Johnson, cello
Event tracks :

  • Duets, violin, cello, op. 39. Prelude / Reinhold Glière
  • Duets, violin, cello, op. 39. Gavotte / Reinhold Glière
  • Duets, violin, cello, op. 39. Etude / Reinhold Glière
  • Duets, violin, cello, op. 39. Scherzo / Reinhold Glière
  • The current and those who ride it / Alice Hong
  • Sonatas, violin, cello. Allegro / Maurice Ravel
  • Sonatas, violin, cello. Très vif / Maurice Ravel
  • Sonatas, violin, cello. Lent / Maurice Ravel
  • Sonatas, violin, cello. Vif, avec entrain / Maurice Ravel
  • Duet, violin, cello, op. 7. Allegro serioso, non troppo / Zoltán Kodály
  • Duet, violin, cello, op. 7. Adagio - Andante / Zoltán Kodály
  • Duet, violin, cello, op. 7. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento - Presto / Zoltán Kodály
  • [Passacaglia, violin, viola, G minor / Johan Halvorsen (after G.F. Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille)]

Video recording of a day with Henri Nouwen

File consists of a video recording of Henri Nouwen speaking on the subject of "Being Big and Small". Nouwen gives a brief autobiography at the beginning of the tape. Alan Steers, David Harmon, and David Grey (members of L'Arche Daybreak) were also in attendance.

Henri Nouwen Interview

File consists of a video recording of an interview with Henri Nouwen by Bob Grip for the television station WAIA in Mobile, Alabama. Nouwen was in Mobile to give a talk at the L'Arche community there.

Video recording of open hearts, open minds, open doors / Pathways Awareness Foundation

File consists of a commercial video recording (V40) of the "That All May Worship" inclusion Conference held in Chicago on April 22, 1996, with excerpts from Nouwen's keynote address and commentary by Joseph Cardinal Bernadin on the subject of inclusion of persons with disabilities in liturgy and church life through affirmation, communication, and accessibility. Video produced by Pathways Awareness Foundation in partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Video recording of solitude, community and ministry: three ways to create space for God / Chicago Sunday Evening Club

File consists of a video recording (V29) of Nouwen giving a talk titled "Solitude, Community and Ministry: Three Ways to Create Space for God" as part of the "30 Good Minutes Series". The program was recorded on October 20, 1993 and aired November 7, 1993. Also includes James Wall, another guest on the program who spoke on the subject of "Speaking of God."

Video recording of Henri Nouwen on can you drink the cup?

File consists of a video recording of Henri Nouwen speaking at Sacred Heart Church in Winnetka, Illinois. This is an excellent recording of Nouwen speaking to a large audience. The title of Nouwen's talk was "Can You Drink the Cup? - Spiritual Life Today".

David and Mary Wedding

File consists of a semi-professional video recording of a wedding in which Nouwen performed the ceremony. David [Fitzgerald] is the son of James Fitzgerald and Sophie Fitzgerald-Albregts. Mary [Marlborough] is the daughter of Mike [Michael] and Breda Marlborough.

Video recording of Henri Nouwen at Noroton Presbyterian Church

File consists of a video recording of a Henri Nouwen speaking at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut. Nouwen spoke on the theme of "Inclusivity and Compassion". His talk was divided into three parts: What does it mean to live the spiritual life? our spiritual life as a source of ministry and practical disciplines to help keep spiritual life alive. Bill van Buren accompanied Nouwen to this talk.

Henri J.M. Nouwen: April 3, 1996 interview / University of Notre Dame Alumni Continuing Education

File consists of a video recording of an interview with Nouwen at L'Arche Daybreak for the University of Notre Dame Alumni Continuing Education on April 3, 1996. Nouwen spoke on caring for aging parents and the spiritual challenges of aging.

The video is of high quality, although it is not possible to hear the questions of the interviewer. Nouwen covers many themes including belovedness, death, dying, caring, caregivers, aging, care, cure, and spiritual disciplines. Nouwen identifies aging as a letting go of our identity as what we do, what we earn etc. and learning our true identity as the Beloved sons and daughters of God. He suggests that aging brings us closer to our true identity. Aging is about becoming more dependent but it offers us the space to find the truth of who we are. This is the great spiritual challenge of aging.

He addresses some of the following questions:

How do we overcome our fear of aging? Answer: We require a discipline that reminds us constantly of being the Beloved. These disciplines are: friendship, prayer, community, and celebration of life. Again the spiritual challenge is how do I let go and discover the deeper truth of who I am.

How to be a good caregiver? Answer: Nouwen refers to the gospel which says "Blessed are the poor" and exclaims that we are all poor. The caregiver must believe and perceive that God's blessing is rooted in the poverty of the poor. To be a good caregiver we must start discovering the gift our aging parent has to offer us. One of these gifts is to be called back to the centre of your being. All the work of caring for the aging can make us resentful, but we have to make an inner shift that allows the parent to give us the gift of going deeper within ourselves to find out what life is all about. Burnout happens when a caregiver does not receive the gifts of the poor. It requires a discipline to receive and we can only do this if we are well cared for. Need to constantly renew perspective on what we are doing and live joyfully receiving the gifts of the dying. This is an enormous spiritual challenge - to discover the gifts of aging and dying people.

To be really present to the person dying (ministry of presence); know the value of the ministry of absence and when to set some limits to look after your own needs; take time out to be with people who can support you. The most difficult thing is to be half way there and resentful. Be fully present for shorter periods of time.

Care means to struggle with. It is the same word as compassion. To care is to be with people in their weakness, pain and struggle without needing to cure. All you need to say is "I love you and really want to be with you, even if I can't cure you." Joy comes from being with. It is hard to be with people we can't change, but you can develop a spiritual discipline to care rather than cure.

Nouwen also emphasized the importance of the caregiver coming to terms with their own mortality. He reminds the interviewer that aging and dying don't start at the end of life, but that we are all in the process of aging and dying. Compassion means "I am with you because I know in my own self that I too am dying, that I am on the same journey as you." The caregiver needs to feel solidarity and intimacy with the person dying in order for care to be possible. Not only does the caregiver need to be in touch with their own dying, they need to learn the discipline to deal with little disappointments as well.

Nouwen talks about the reasons for his decision to leave Yale and Harvard. He says: "I realized that to get to the core of my being, to move to a different plateau I needed to be more focused on the poor and the weak. I knew that by connecting myself with the poor they would lead me to the core of life. They would allow me to find the blessing they had for me.

Regarding his accident in 1989: Through this near-death experience Nouwen learned the importance of forgiveness and what is important in life. He explains that although he is still compulsive in some regards, underneath is a sense of being God's beloved son and that the people he meets are God's beloved sons and daughters too. It is through this common identity that we can meet each other.

Regarding his father: He was extremely grateful for the time he was having with his 93 year old father. He says: "I am immensely grateful for the time I spent with him, just for him.".

Regarding dying: He mentions the gospel story when Jesus says "It is good for you that I am dying because I can send you my spirit". He goes on to say that most people who are dying say "how much can I still do?". But the real question is: "how can I prepare myself so my death becomes a gift for those I leave behind?". The question of aging spiritually is "How can I make my life a gift for others?". This is aging into life. Of course there will be grief and mourning, but a person dying spiritually can say "I am ready to go. I hope you are ready to receive the Spirit of love that I will send you."

Reads from his book about his grandmother's death.

Alludes to death of Connie Ellis to say that being with her while she was dying brought him to an inner place of silence.

He concludes with some practical advice about how to
dying people:

  • speak but also be quiet
  • touch if appropriate and just be there
  • ask "do you like to pray?"
  • "do you want me to read something"
  • "do you want more/less visitors?"
  • "do you want to be alone for awhile?"
  • "is there anyone you would like to see?"
  • "can I write a letter for you?"
  • treat them like friends
  • take time for your own life
  • be clear when you are coming back and stick to it
  • invite people like priests etc.
  • visit like it is a privilege, try to give words to your affection, "I know it is hard for you, but I am here."

Life is an interruption of eternity, for what? For humans to have a chance to say to God I love you too.

With Open Hands / by Tim E. Wood

File consists of one video recording of a song, written by Tim E. Wood, titled "With Open Hands." Wood dedicated the song to Henri Nouwen, and recorded it on February 18, 1996. He sent this videocassette with his letter of February 26, 1996.

Video recording of Henri Nouwen and the Flying Rodleighs

File consists of a video recording of a performance of the Flying Rodleighs, a trapeze troupe from the Circus Barum. The recording also includes footage of Nouwen on the trapeze. This is an amateur video perhaps sent to Nouwen by the Rodleighs.

Video recording of Henri Nouwen on L'Arche

File consists of a video recording of Nouwen speaking on the subject of L'Arche at Washington Hall, St. Mary's, near Notre Dame university. Nouwen is introduced by Don McNeill. The theme of the event appears to be "The Year of the Family". This is an amateur video. Joe Vorstermans from L'Arche begins the program by speaking about the history of L'Arche and Jean Vanier.

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