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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.


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).


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.

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.

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