Collection 51 - Music Library Collection of Faculty Events

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Music Library Collection of Faculty Events


  • 1964-present (Creation)

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Extent and medium

268 audio reels + audio cassettes + 1655 compact discs + born digital materials

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Administrative history

The Faculty of Music was created in 1918. The Senate of the University withdrew its affiliations with various music schools (Toronto College of Music and Royal Hamilton College of Music) and inaugurated a Faculty of Music to teach music and administer examinations. Along with his duties as music director of the Toronto Conservatory, Augustus Stephen Vogt was appointed Dean. “Courses of Instruction” were introduced, the first courses to be taught at the Faculty; which grew to offer courses with a full range of aspects involved with western music, including Jazz performance, ethnomusicology, and music and medicine.

In 1952, The Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music came under the same administration, placing a Dean in charge of both programs. The Conservatory would be known as The School of Music and was headed by a Principal. The Faculty of Music would be headed by a Director. In 1959 plans for an electronic music studio were announced, historically the second in a North American university. The Faculty regularly hosts events in one of its two theatres; MacMillan Theatre consisting of an 815-seat hall, designed for the production of operas and large ensemble concerts and named after former dean, Sir Ernest MacMillan. World-renowned for its excellent acoustics, and Walter Hall which commemorates Arnold Walter, Director of the Faculty from 1952-1968, Walter Hall was designed for chamber concerts and recitals. The house seats 490. The hall also contains a two-manual tracker-action Casavant organ.

In 1991, the School of Music/Royal Conservatory of Music separated and once again became its own institution.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University of Toronto. Faculty of Music

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Scope and content

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

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System of arrangement

Concerts are grouped into series by concert season, and into subseries based on the performers and concert series (e.g., Faculty and guest artists ; Faculty ensembles ; Jazz ; Student composers ; Thursday at Noon series ; Vocal studies series). Within each subseries, concerts are listed in the order that they were received by the Music Library.

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Conditions governing access

Access copies are available to be streamed, for many of the events, by those with valid UTORid's. For other access purposes contact the Library. Events that do not have access copies available can be access by contacting the Music Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Inquire at Music Library.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

From 1964 until about 1980, recordings were made on reel-to-reel tapes; reel-to-reel tapes were then replaced by audio cassettes, followed by compact discs in 1998. In 2013, concerts started to be recorded and stored digitally, with Flac preservation files and MP3 access copies. Starting in 2019, some concerts were also preserved as video, rather than, or in addition to, audio, recordings.

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Existence and location of copies

Where available, digital access copies of the audio or video recording and/or the program for the event are linked at the file-level.

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Faculty Events

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Faculty Recordings

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