Collection 51 - Music Library collection of faculty events

An evening of violin and chamber music An evening of opera excerpts The opera chorus The Bartered bride / Bedrich Smetana Hansel and Gretel Orpheus Rosalinda The marriage of Figaro Royal Alexandra Theatre opera festival Royal Alexandra Theatre opera festival Royal Alexandra Theatre opera festival University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and University of Toronto Chorus Paganini Quartet : Mozart cycle The Collegium Musicum of the Faculty of Music Mariage by lantern ; There and back ; Riders to the sea Faculty of Music chamber concert Jacques Abram, pianist Maureen Forrester, contralto Frederick Grinke, violinist and Kathleen Long, pianist Friedrich Gulda, pianist with the Vienna Philharmonic Wind Ensemble Marcel Grandjany, harpist Fine Arts Quartet Russell Oberlin, countertenor Teresa Stratas, soprano The Canadian String Quartet Laszlo Varga, cellist Bach : The art of fugue An evening of electronic music New York Pro Musica : Music of Burgundy, Flanders and Spain Shirley Verrett, mezzo soprano Hungarian Quartet Pierrette LePage, pianist Lenox Quartet Le pauvre matelot ; Angelique Music for string quartet The Deller Consort The University of Toronto Concert Band Stanley Quartet The secret marriage = Il matrimonio segreto The University of Toronto Concert Band Vegh Quartet Open concert by the Contemporary Music Group Timpani in solo and ensemble The Esterhazy Orchestra Le rondeau de Paris Lorand Fenyves, violinist ; Pierre Souvairan, pianist Joe Macerollo, accordionist Giuseppe Macina, tenor Concentus musicus The eight flute sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Music Library collection of faculty events


  • 1946-present, 1965-present predominant (Creation)

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4203 events (1078 audio reels + 1146 audio cassettes + 1666 compact discs + ca. 2000 digital files + 3358 programs)

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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.

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Recordings transferred to the Music Library by the Faculty Recording Engineers.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of recordings and programs of performances by 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.

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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.

Over the years, programs were collected in various ways: miscellaneous loose programs, origins unknown (1946-1986); in bound volumes by concert season, bound by the Music Library (1971-1996), including one volume for faculty events and another for student recitals and other large-format (8 1/2 in. x 11 in.) program pages, including the Thursday Afternoon Series; in binders, arranged in accession order and numbered with the recording identifier (1989-2013); and as digital transfers (PDF format) (2013-present). In addition to the programs digitized and itemized in this finding aid, the Faculty Events collection includes student recital programs (loose sheets, ca. 1967-1969; bound volumes, 1971-1996; binders, 1990-2003) and miscellaneous season calendars (1953-1977). Programs are arranged in chronological order on the shelf.

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From 1965 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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For digital streaming copies of concerts, please contact the Music Library.

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Some arrangements performed by the University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Ensemble, while under the direction of Lisa Martinelli (2000-2009), may be found in the Lisa Martinelli collection (OTUFM 75). Also see the Phil Nimmons fonds (OTUFM 30); Rob McConnell fonds (OTUFM 18); Frank Harmantas collection (OTUFM 79); and Michael Colgrass fonds (OTUFM 64) for manuscripts of compositions and arrangements performed by various Faculty of Music ensembles. Also see the Faculty of Music collection (OTUFM 04), which consists of promotional material generated by and for the Faculty of Music.

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Last updated October 2023.




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