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Lynn Steele Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Lynn Steele Collection
Author/Creator:
Steele, Catherine Lynn
Collection number:
06-24-STEELE
Size:
36.25 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1970-2003
Inclusive dates:
1957-2003
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Catherine Lynn Steele was an active translator, instrumentalist, singer, and composer. She began composing at the age of nine and had her first composition, Conglomera, premiered by her Junior High School Orchestra in Hingham, MA in 1964. She received a degree in Spanish from Smith College in 1973, and later studied to be a translator at the Monterey Institute. In 1982, Steele received her Master's degree from American University, where she composed a full length opera, Dominique, and went on to receive a Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1993. An active member of the American Women Composers of Massachusetts, she served as the organization's vice-president in 1993 and then as president from 1993 to 1996. After receiving her doctorate, Steele's interests turned more towards singing than composing although her works were still performed, both by herself and by others. One of her main interests was in Scandinavian composers and art song, which she traveled to Sweden to study in the summer of 1999. She had been diagnosed with cancer, yet remained a vibrant and active personality, giving concerts and remaining active as a musician until her death on December 10, 2002. The collection consists of clippings, correspondence, biographical materials, scores and sketches, recordings, writings, programs, and photographs related to Steele's career.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Lynn Steele Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Catherine Lynn Steele was born in Beaumont, Texas on May 27, 1951. Her family moved to Massachusetts while she was still young, and she lived along the eastern seaboard for most of her life. At around the age of 9, she began composing, finding it, as she once said "more fun than practicing the piano". Her first work to be performed was Conglomera, premiered by her Junior High School Orchestra in Hingham, MA in 1964. Her juvenilia from around this time includes numerous songs from ambitious and elaborately planned musical theatre projects some of which even include maps and drawings of the sets required.

She attended Smith College from 1969 to 1973 and majored in Spanish, but continued to pursue music, taking composition lessons from Alvin Etler, as well as voice lessons. After graduating she spent a year teaching elementary school music in Ipswich, Massachusetts and another abroad at the Monterey Institute, studying to be a translator - a skill which she applied to song texts as well as other works in German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, and other languages. In 1977 she began working at the American University in Washington, DC, and taking classes, part time as a composition major, studying with Jerzy Sapiyevski. She received her masters degree in 1982, having completed a full length opera, Dominique, which was performed on April 23. She remained in Washington promoting her music and singing in concerts while making a living at various secretarial jobs. It was during this time in 1983 that she published her first piece Carrillon de Nuit, which was performed by the Memorial Ringers of which she was also a member.

Steele played a number of instruments, and was active in the early music ensembles at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she began her doctoral work in 1986. She worked a number of years as a teaching assistant there while studying with Jonathan Kramer and Allan Sapp. In 1989 she moved to the Boston area and returned to office work, this time at the Sloan School of Management at MIT; she continued her interest in early music at the Longy School of Music. She was active in the American Women Composers of Massachusetts, even serving as that organization's vice-president in 1993 and then as president in from 1993 to 1996. After receiving her doctoral degree, in 1993, however, her interests slowly turned more towards singing than composing although her works were still performed - both by herself and by others. One of her main interests was in Scandinavian composers and art song, which she traveled to Sweden to study in the summer of 1999. She had been diagnosed with cancer, yet remained a vibrant and active personality, giving concerts and remaining active as a musician until her death on December 10, 2002.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lynn Steele Collection covers the period from 1957 to 2003; the bulk of the materials date from 1970 to 2003. The collection consists of clippings, correspondence, biographical materials, scores and sketches, recordings, writings, programs, and photographs related to Steele's career as an instrumentalist, singer, and composer.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Given to the University of Maryland by Leslie Holmes, Pamela Reznick, and Svetlana Sussman between July 2004 and September 2005

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Ben Levy, Matt Miller, and Kyle Johnson, January 2007

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Colleen McKnight, March 2007.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1979-2003 (5 Folders)

This series contains five folders of news clippings, information from web pages, and materials from the memorial service at MIT; materials date from 1979 to 2003 and are arranged chronologically

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Beaumont Journal, [TX] Picture of LS in a school play, December 17, 1957 series 1box 1folder 1
American University Reporter Vol. 10, no. 30. Mentions Steele's "Jingle" (see scores) on p. 131, undated series 1box 1folder 2
Printout of Lynn Steele's Web Page, includes translations, programs, and photographs, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Printouts of Other Web Pages: "Artists Behind the Desk" feature from MIT web-page, and "Lynn Steele" entry from the "Lied and Art Song Texts Page", ca. 2000 series 1box 1folder 4
Notice and program from the memorial service at MIT; see also, picture in Series VI, item 6, January 27, 2003 series 1box 1folder 5

Series 2: Correspondence, 1982-1999 (25 Folders)

This series includes correspondence with academic institutions, printers and publishers, other organizations, and some personal correspondence; each of these categories defines a sub-series. The entirety of the correspondence consists of half a linear foot, ranges from 1982 to 1999, and is kept chronologically within each sub-series.

Subseries 2.1: Academic Correspondence, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM), 1986-1993 (13 Folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Application (transcripts from other schools), Acceptance Letter, Test Scores, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 1
Correspondence with Allen Sapp and Scot Huston from 1986 (pre-matriculation), photocopies of envelopes with extensive notes, 1986series 2.1box 1folder 2
Correspondence with Allene Reed, regarding UC Women's Recognition Week, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 3
Course Requirements and transcripts, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 4
Comprehensive exam correspondence, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 5
DMA Recital Materials, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 6
Dissertation Front Material and Copyright Info., undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 7
Rights correspondence with Olwyn Hughes, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 8
Proposal for Dissertation ("A Dark Water"), undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 9
Degree Ceremony Program, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 10
CCM Booklets and Brochures, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 11
Booklets on Dissertation Publishing and Copyrighting, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 12
Credential File and Job Application (includes Rec. Letters), undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 13

Subseries 2.2: Correspondence with Publishers: ASCAP, Bell Tower, and Misc., 1982-1993 (6 Folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
ASCAP -- Generic - includes generic correspondence and blank forms, 1990-1992series 2.2box 1folder 1
ASCAP -- Completed Paperwork - includes letters addressed to Steele and completed forms, 1988-1993series 2.2box 1folder 2
Bell Tower -- Royalties and correspondence with editors (incl. Gary Meredith), 1982-1987series 2.2box 1folder 3
Bell Tower -- Program from concert and info about the Memorial Ringers (incl. Gary Meredith), 1982-1987series 2.2box 1folder 4
Miscellaneous Publishers and Music Printers -- William Norwitz Co, undatedseries 2.2box 1folder 5
Miscellaneous Publishers and Music Printers -- Various companies, contacted regarding "Journey of Jonah" manuscript, undatedseries 2.2box 1folder 6

Subseries 2.3: Correspondence with Other Organizations, undated (2 Folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Women Composers/Massachusetts, final letter from Lynn as President, undatedseries 2.3box 1folder 1
SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association), undatedseries 2.3box 1folder 2

Subseries 2.4: Other Correspondence, 1999 (4 Folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bernhard, James. Score to JB's "Jag minns" with comments on the setting of Ekgren's text, undatedseries 2.4box 1folder 1
Bröckl, Charlotte. Recommendation letter written by Steele, undatedseries 2.4box 1folder 2
Rasmusson, M. Email inquiring about Ture Rangstrom's music, undatedseries 2.4box 1folder 3
St. Sigfrids Folkhögskola (Swedish Singing Masterclass) -- Receipt, itinerary, correspondence, and program from the final concert, additional copy of program in Series V (no. 41), 1999series 2.4box 1folder 4

Series 3: Writings, undated (4 Folders)

Writings are contained in three folders; one folder of LS's poetry, another of her translations, and a draft of one chapter of an instructional, Keyboard Harmony book fall under this series. Items are not dated and are kept in the same order as they arrived.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Poetry [typewritten, 34 pp] -- Includes a few pages of quotes and penciled notes for a song setting, undated series 3box 1folder 1
Translations [typewritten, 6 pp], most likely from a concert, but no program matches -- Excerpts include, "Prologue" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, "When the Air Sings" from Menotti's Old Maid, "Zueignung" (from Strauss Op. 10?) and Mörike's "Verborgenheit" (set by Wolf), undated series 3box 1folder 2
Translation, "To School" a story by Carmen Laforet translated from the Spanish, [typewritten, 4 pp], undated series 3box 1folder 3
Instructional, "Love, Delight and Keyboard Harmony, Chapter 1" [typewritten, 9 pp] -- With resume and page of notes [4 pp], undated series 3box 1folder 4

Series 4: Scores and Sketches, 1964-2000 (31.25 Linear Feet)

This large series, 6 linear feet, contains the scores to LS's compositions in 9 score boxes and sketches of many of these compositions in 2 document boxes. Reasonably complete drafts and fair copies are in the first sub-series, spiral-notebooks with juvenilia and later sketches constitute the second, and materials relating to LS's larger pieces, Dominique, A Dark Water, and The Journey of Jonah, make up the third through fifth, respectively. Some oversize materials are housed in the Photo Case Aisle.

Subseries 4.1: Scores, Alphabetical, 1971-1996 (16.50 Linear Feet)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
2 Lyric Pieces ("Sailor's Song", Op. 68, No. 1; "Ballad", Op. 65, No. 5) by Edvard Grieg; arr. for Brass Quintet by Steele -- Score [10 pp, pencil], one page of notes on orchestration; parts [10 pp, ink], February 1979series 4.1box 2folder 1
2 Scanian Etudes; Flute, Harp, English Handbells, score [24 pp] and parts [19 pp, ink] -- Photocopies: score (1) and parts (2 copies), extra title pages, 1986series 4.1box 2folder 2
3 Sonnets from the Portuguese; soprano and flute, score [8 pp, ink] -- Photocopies: 5 complete copies, extra copy of Sonnet XLIII and blank paper/notes, August 1984series 4.1box 2folder 3
3 Views of the Charles, score [17 pp, ink] -- Photocopy: one score, March 1993series 4.1box 2folder 4
7 Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay; soprano and piano.(alternate title: "Millay Songs".) [Ink copy, with some white-out, crossed-out version of #6; pencil version-draft with revisions] -- Photocopies: copy ("Millay Songs") with white-out and ink; copy with penciled revisions; copy with piano fingerings penciled in, January 1980series 4.1box 2folder 5
And Banish All the World; 9 winds and timpani, score [27 pp, ink, 10.5 x 13.5] -- Photocopies: two loose copies, one bound copy, all 8.5 x 11, February 1988series 4.1box 2folder 6
Aquarelles; flute, cello and piano, score [27 pp, two versions of last page] and parts [12 pp, ink] -- Photocopies: two scores, one "pencil corrected version 12/84", one set of parts, August 1984series 4.1box 3folder 1
Breviario; soprano and English handbells or Harpscore, score [4 pp, bell range, but no title page, ink] -- Photocopies: 3 scores [one 5pp, with title page and bell ranges; two with neither, 3pp], July 1984series 4.1box 3folder 2
Carillon de Nuit; Bell Choir -- 3 copies of piece published and printed by Bell Tower Publishing Corp. [score, 4 pp], 1983series 4.1box 3folder 3
Contrafactum for Wind Ensemble, score [52 pp, no title page, ink, 10.5 x 13.5] -- Photocopy: score with penciled revisions, title also penciled in, May 1987series 4.1box 3folder 4
Fantaise:Il est né, le divin enfant (organ and voice) -- Alternate title:"Il est né" (from a folder labeled "misc. vocal"), 1985series 4.1box 3folder 5
Fantasy for Bassoon and Viola, two scores [one ink, one pencil, ea. 7 pp], December 1984series 4.1box 3folder 6
Flea Circus (Musical Comedy) -- Score [24 pp, pencil]. Typewritten script [10 pp] with pencil markings, July 1971series 4.1box 3folder 7
Fugue for 3 Recorders (alternate titles: "Recorder Fugue" and "Fugue") -- Score [5 pp, ink] taped together, July 1979series 4.1box 3folder 8
Haec Est Dies; SATB and piano score [14 pp, ink], September 1985series 4.1box 3folder 9
Her Garden; handbells, six copies of score [3 pp] published and printed by Bell Tower Publishing Corp] -- See also correspondence with Bell Tower Publishing Corp, 1985series 4.1box 3folder 10
Hoedown: La Castellana -- Photocopy: score [5 pp], 1990series 4.1box 3folder 11
Little Rooster and the Little Hen (a Czechoslovakian Folk Tale); flute Soprano, Clarinet, cello, and piano, score [41 pp] and parts, [12 pp, ink]; text, typed with penciled notes [4 pp] -- Photocopies: 3 copies of the score, one set of parts (with notes on an envelope), February 1985series 4.1box 3folder 12
Lord's Prayer; soprano and harp -- 2 scores [one with piano part in B, one in Cb, 4 pp ea., ink], February 1985series 4.1box 4folder 1
A Love Affair; soprano and piano -- Photocopy: score [9 pp], 1996series 4.1box 4folder 2
Las Mañanitas (arrangement) [score (8 pp, no text or title page), ink; draft (6 pp), pencil] -- Photocopies: two unbound scores, 7 stapled (10 pp with text and title page), June 1984series 4.1box 4folder 3
Mon Coeur S'ouvre À; Ta Voix; arr. of Saint-Saens for Mezzo-Soprano and String Quartet -- Photocopies: score [11 pp], strings only and parts [8 pp], strings only, May 1983series 4.1box 4folder 4
Motet / Musette; SATB, score [6 pp, ink] -- Photocopies: two scores, both with penciled dynamic markings, April 1984series 4.1box 4folder 5
NMAB Songbook: "Calypso" and "Ballad of the Proofreaders" [score for Calypso (10 pp), pen (there is possibly some sketch material in the notebooks)] -- Photocopies: 22 copies of Calypso, all but one stapled; 9 copies of Ballad, mostly stapled, one with words written in using blue ink, October 1983 and December 1982series 4.1box 4folder 6
Pavane for Chamber Orchestra [score (17 pp) and parts (one set, 46 pp), ink], April 1979series 4.1box 4folder 7
Psalm 121; Mezzo-soprano and organ, score [7 pp, ink], August 1986series 4.1box 5folder 1
Radio Jingle for American University Spring Ball, piano-vocal score [2 pp, ink]; score for four voices, [2 pp, ink], March 1979series 4.1box 5folder 2
Recuerdos for Violin and Piano, score [18 pp] and part [5 pp, ink] -- Photocopies: 8 scores, one bound; 4 copies of violin part, 1986series 4.1box 5folder 3
Requiem for Women's Voices and Handbells score, [35 pp, ink]; draft [11 pp, pencil]; typed text with pencil notes [4 pp] -- Photocopies: 7 copies, one bound, one with extra prefatory material (dedication, title page, etc.), October 1982series 4.1box 5folder 4
Sartre's Wall; chamber orchestra, score [35 pp, pencil]; parts, one full set [26 pp, ink] -- Photocopies: Score, 3 copies, two with penciled notes; parts, set of bound copies, set of loose copies, some clipped or imperfect copies, April 1980series 4.1box 6folder 1
Six-Minute Muse; string quartet, score [9 pp, ink] -- Photocopies: 5 copies, two with the name "C. Österberg", October 1984series 4.1box 6folder 2
Some of Us (Fantasy for Two Pianos), score [25 pp, ink], May 1988series 4.1box 6folder 3
Song; voice and piano (text by Christina Rossetti) -- Photocopy: score [2 pp], 1996series 4.1box 6folder 4
Songs for a Champagne Flute; flute and piano: "Tarentelle", "Berceuse", "Plainte", "Serenade" (includes arrangement of "Berceuse" for chamber orchestra) -- Score [20 pp] and parts [7 pp, ink]; score to Berceuse [5 pp, pencil]; arrangement of Berceuse for chamber orchestra, score [8 pp, pencil], October 1983series 4.1box 6folder 5
Suite for Three Instruments; flute, bassoon (or cello), and piano. (Alternate Titles: Lord Peter Wimsey Suite, Suite for Three Instruments in a Whimsical Mood -- Score [32 pp, ink], with program from 2/16/86 concert; draft of score [34 pp, pencil and ink] also contains notes for a Kyrie on last page and excerpt from "Travel" from 7 Songs, undatedseries 4.1box 7folder 1
Violway, Fantasia for 6 Violas da Gamba [score (17 pp), ink] -- Photocopies: score, 3 copies; parts, 2 sets plus (ea. set 18 pp) one extra Viol I part, November 1987series 4.1box 7folder 2
Walking Through the Heart; mezzo soprano and chamber ensemble -- Photocopies: score [41 pp] and parts, full set [20 pp] plus extras, 1988series 4.1box 7folder 3
The Year's at the Spring; SATB with piano, score [8 pp, ink], March 1986series 4.1box 7folder 4

Subseries 4.2: Loose Sketches and Notebooks, 1964-2000 (5.50 Linear Feet)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Stapled booklet (juvenilia) "Ensemble Airs" mvts: Carousel, Chimes, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 1
Manila Folder (juvenilia) "Conglomera" handwritten score and parts, ca. 1964series 4.2box 8folder 2
Wire Notebook (juvenilia), "Carefree Scandinavia #7017" -- Contents: "Idlewild", "Sunrise at 3:00am", "Over the British Isles", "The Lady from Buffalo", "Paris of the North", "Skansen", "Another Stave Church?" "Oh, Please!", "Song from a Fjord"; also includes arr. of "Il est Ne, le Divin Enfant", and other songs, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 3
Wire Notebook (juvenilia), songs from various musical theatre projects -- Includes excerpts from "Viva La France," "Carefree Scandinavia #7017," and many other unidentified sketches, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 4
Wire Notebook (juvenilia), various songs, tunes, and piano pieces page of notes on counterpoint, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 5
Wire Notebook (juvenilia), various songs, parts of theatre projects, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 6
Wire Notebook (juvenilia), songs, excerpts from "Flea Circus", counterpoint and whole-tone scale exercises, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 7
Wire Notebook (juvenilia), unidentified sketches, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 8
Wire Notebook (juvenilia), unidentified excerpts, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 9
Wire Notebook (juvenilia), "Tahitian Afternoon", undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 10
Loose pages (some juvenilia, some from early 1980s) -- Contents: Music theatre projects, "Indian Princess" excerpts from "Carefree Scandinavia #7017", also "Requiem" and other unidentified pieces, ca. 1980'sseries 4.2box 8folder 11
Loose pages (juvenilia), include "Tahiti", "Nolansky March", "It's Love", "Conversation and Argument", "To Pretend", "Abracadabra", "The Square Dance", "Minuetto", others unidentified, undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 12
Wire Notebook, various excerpts, also excerpts from "Flea Circus" and "Dominique / Angelique", undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 13
Wire Bound Notebook containing sketches -- Contents: "Dominique", "Prelude", "Suzanne/Jeremiah" (Act II) other "Dominique" excerpts, some notes for Browning settings, "Trio" (Lord Peter Wimsey), "Requiem", unidentified sketches, May 1982 - August 1986series 4.2box 9folder 1
Loose pages with sketches -- Contents: Draft of "Calypso" from NSMB Song Book. Other titled excerpts and musical ideas, December 1982 - June 1986series 4.2box 9folder 2
Wire Notebook -- Contents: theory notes, sketches to various unidentified pieces, incl. "Angelique/Dominique", ca. 1980-1981series 4.2box 9folder 3
Wireless Notebook, prose notes -- Contents: prose notes on Schumann's Dichterliebe and notes for "Dominique/Angelique", ca. 1981series 4.2box 9folder 4
Spiral notebook with sketches/counterpoint exercises -- Contents: from S. Sussman, Haec Dies, Nil Mage Incundam (Nicolo Stopio), "Paganini Variation", Revision of "Love Duet, Act I (Suzanne)", ca. 1981series 4.2box 9folder 5
Wire Notebook, sketches -- Contents: "Mazurka" et al., includes parts of "Angelique" (early version of opera "Dominique"), undatedseries 4.2box 9folder 6
Wire Notebook, "Opera" -- Contents: excerpts from "Dominique / Angelique" and possibly also Flea Circus, ca. 1981-1982series 4.2box 9folder 7
Small Wire Notebook with sketches, mostly short melodies, some toward the end undated, July 1985 - September 1988series 4.2box 9folder 8
Manuscript paper book -- Contents: theory exercises, song drafts, including "A Love Affair", and "Song", parts of "Journey of Jonah", other unidentified sketches, ca. 1987, 1996, 2000series 4.2box 9folder 9
Spiral notebook with prose notes found with Dominique materials -- Contents: some notes for comprehensive exams (on musical terms, on H. Zwingli, poetry, on gamba playing and other early music), some poetry and personal notes, c. 1992series 4.2box 9folder 10
Loose pages, sketches of two songs -- Contents: one setting of Robert Frost, "Stopping by the Woods" and one of "The First Spring Day" by Christina Rossetti, possibly containing other material, undatedseries 4.2box 9folder 11
Loose pages, early pieces -- Contents: "Medley for Mother" with a letter to the composer's mother, undatedseries 4.2box 9folder 12

Subseries 4.3: Dominique Materials, ca. 1980's (5.50 Linear Feet)

Box 10 includes materials realted to the finished version of the opera, Dominique. Box 11 consists of excerpts and drafts

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Dominique, full opera, piano reduction [192 pp, manuscript, ink], ca. 1980'sseries 4.3box 10folder 1
Dominique, photocopy of piano reduction, undatedseries 4.3box 10folder 2
Dominique Concert Excerpts (Voice and Piano), photocopies -- Contents: Countess St. Clair's Aria [4 pp, 5 copies]; Lullaby [6 pp, 3 copies]; Prelude, 2 incomplete pages; Recitative, end of Act I [9 pp], 3 copies, one with penciled notes, ca. 1980'sseries 4.3box 10folder 3
Dominique Libretto (typewritten 23 pp.), sketches with notes (32 pp), mostly pencil; unidentified sketches and notes (14 pp), mostly pencil, extra programs from 4/23/84 performance at American University, ca. 1980'sseries 4.3box 10folder 4
Dominique Prelude: manuscript score (21 pp, pencil) and parts [7 pp, ink], ca. 1980'sseries 4.3box 11folder 1
Dominique Act I: Draft of piano score [64 pp, ink]; draft of piano score [65 pp, pencil]; short draft of piano score using old names [pp 3-36] -- Includes: "Welcome Scene" [4 pp], photocopy; "Attempt at Seduction"-end of Act I [two copies one, pp 52-65, other pp 52-66], photocopies, ca. 1980'sseries 4.3box 11folder 2
Dominique Act I: Orchestrated passage (just before Dominique's recitative at the end of Act I) using old names [20 pp], ca. 1980'sseries 4.3box 11folder 3
DominiqueAct II: piano score [30 pp, pencil] -- Includes: "Dominique and Ben" [8 pp, photocopy]; "Countess, Death Scene" [4 pp, photocopy]; excerpts using old names [7 pp, pencil], ca. 1980'sseries 4.3box 11folder 4
DominiqueAct III: piano reduction [66 pp, pencil] -- Includes: "Conversation-Countess and Dominique" [13 pp, photocopy]; one loose page, [photocopy]; last scene [pp 170-196, photocopy], also an envelope with sketch of an unidentified passage and address in pencil, ca. 1980'sseries 4.3box 11folder 5

Subseries 4.4: Dark Water Materials, undated (1.00 Linear Foot)

Materials contained in this subseries are located in the photo case aisle, oversize drawers HH2-5 and HH2-6.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
A Dark Water full manuscript, score [124 pp, ink]; second copy [9 pp prefatory material and 122 pp music, pencil] -- Movements included: "Recantation", "Bucolics", "The Hanging Man", "The Rival", "Sheep in Fog" (oversized; photo case aisle drawer HH2-5), undatedseries 4.4box 18folder 1
A Dark Water Materials from Movement 3, "The Hanging Man": manuscript score [19 pp, ink] and piano reduction [5 pp, pencil] -- Photocopies: two bound, full-size, scores; reduced score, loose; reduced score, bound; two sets of parts; packet with correspondence, piano reduction, bound reduction of full score, and photocopy of the full-size score of an earlier draft (oversized; photo case aisle drawer HH2-5), undatedseries 4.4box 18folder 2
A Dark Water two full-scores, one 124-page version, one 122-page version [photocopies] (oversized; photo case aisle drawer HH2-6), undatedseries 4.4box 18folder 3

Subseries 4.5: Journey of Jonah Materials, 1997-2000 (2.75 Linear Feet)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Journey of Jonah computer-printed score [52 pp] and score with libretto [77 pp], undatedseries 4.5box 12folder 1
Journey of Jonah Libretto, 1997-2000series 4.5box 12folder 2
Libretto, one copy, typed [38 pp, with longer score], 2000series 4.5box 12folder 2item 1.0
Libretto with notes [41 pp], 1997series 4.5box 12folder 2item 2.0
Libretto excerpt with notes [pp. 18-27], 1997series 4.5box 12folder 2item 3.0
Libretto and Agreement Letter with Librettist, Miriam D'Amato [35 pp], 1997, 1998series 4.5box 12folder 2item 4.0
Letter and Agreement draft with notes, undatedseries 4.5box 12folder 2item 5.0
Journey of Jonah Spiral Bound Notebook, undatedseries 4.5box 12folder 3
Sketches, libretto and correspondence with librettist of "Jonah's Journey", sketches of arr. of "Narcissus", and a song about spring, undatedseries 4.5box 12folder 4

Series 5: Programs, 1964-2003 (1 Folder)

This series houses programs from concerts including LS's compositions, featuring her as a performer, including her program notes and/or translations, or otherwise crediting her. There are 46 programs arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Programs, 1964-2003 and undated, 1964-2003 series 5box 13folder 1
All Town Music Festival, Hingham Schools (Conglomera), May 1, 1964 series 5box 13folder 1item 1.0
Twelfth Annual Spring Concert, Pennridge South Junior High School (Tahitian Afternoon), April 14, [1966?] series 5box 13folder 1item 2.0
Smith and Amherst Colleges, J.S. Bach Matthäus-Passion (Steele in choir, Soprano II), April 13 and 15, 1973 series 5box 13folder 1item 3.0
Student Composer's Concert, AU (Prelude for Instrumental Ensemble), December 2, 1979 series 5box 13folder 1item 4.0
AU Opera (Dominique), short bio, April 23, 1982 series 5box 13folder 1item 5.0
Trinity United Methodist Church, McLean, VA (Carrilon de Nuit), short bio on p. 4, April 17, 1983 series 5box 13folder 1item 6.0
Reston Chorale (Requiem), bio and picture, May 14 and 15, 1983 series 5box 13folder 1item 7.0
Wesley Methodist Church, Washington, DC (Dominique Excerpts), November 19, 1983 series 5box 13folder 1item 8.0
District of Columbia Federation of Music Clubs (Songs for a Champagne Flute), February 12, 1984 series 5box 13folder 1item 9.0
Fairfax County Public Library ("Travel" and "Countess' Aria"), correspondence with Michelle Scanlon, April 1, 1984 series 5box 13folder 1item 10.0
Friday Morning Music Club (Seven Poems by Millay), with translations, April 14, 1984 series 5box 13folder 1item 11.0
Society of the Cincinnati Friday Morning Music Club (Lullaby from Dominique), May 12, 1984 series 5box 13folder 1item 12.0
Friday Morning Music Club (Countess Aria), May 13, 1984 series 5box 13folder 1item 13.0
DC YWCA "Bach's Lunch" (Travel and Countess Aria), June 5, 1984 series 5box 13folder 1item 14.0
GWU Glee Club, Yuletide Concert (Motet/Musette), December 7, 1984 series 5box 13folder 1item 15.0
District of Columbia Federation of Music Clubs (Breviario, Three Sonnets), with translations and bio, February 17, 1985 series 5box 13folder 1item 16.0
Friday Morning Music Club, "Our Father" (i.e. Lord's Prayer), March 15, 1985 series 5box 13folder 1item 17.0
Piccolo Spoleto Contemporary Music Festival (Little Rooster), May 30, 1985 series 5box 13folder 1item 18.0
DC Federation of Music Clubs, Concert of Music by Washington Area Women Composers (Suite for Three Instruments), February 16, 1986 series 5box 13folder 1item 19.0
Friday Morning Music Club, Spring Concert (Requiem), May 2, 1986 series 5box 13folder 1item 20.0
Concert with Mary Findley and Marjorie Lee (bio/program notes only), June 30, 1986 series 5box 13folder 1item 21.0
CCM Student Recital (Seven Poems by Millay), May 18, 1987 series 5box 13folder 1item 22.0
CCM Women Compose (Seven Poems by Millay), May 21, 1987 series 5box 13folder 1item 23.0
Mini-Concert of Music from Medieval and Renaissance Spain, CCM Early Music Laboratory (Steele is performer and translator), December 1, 1987 series 5box 13folder 1item 24.0
Panorama of Electronic Music (Falling Snow), April 20, 1988 series 5box 13folder 1item 25.0
Cincinnati College Conservatory, Early Music Laboratory, Ordo Virtutum (translations, also notes in Swedish and Family Tree of the Valois Dynasty), May 27, 1988 series 5box 13folder 1item 26.0
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory Renaissance Consort (translations), June 3, 1988 series 5box 13folder 1item 27.0
CCM Recital with Rebecca Slater (Millay Songs, also translations), August 3, 1988 series 5box 13folder 1item 28.0
New Music by CCM Composers (Final Scene from Dominique with program note), November 15, 1988 series 5box 13folder 1item 29.0
CCM Doctoral Recital (see also recital materials in CCM folder), February 10, 1989 series 5box 13folder 1item 30.0
CCM Combined Choirs Concert (Motet/Musette), May 17, 1989 series 5box 13folder 1item 31.0
CCM Recital with Rebecca Slater (translations, music by other composers), July 9, 1989 series 5box 13folder 1item 32.0
American Women Composers of Massachusetts (Little Rooster or Three Sonnets different listing in poster and program, includes bio), November 6, 1991 series 5box 13folder 1item 33.0
Longy School, Faculty Artist Series, Beth Anderson, Flute (Three Views of the Charles, includes bio), April 7, 1993 series 5box 13folder 1item 34.0
Culture Industry Misfits (Final Scene of Dominique and Three Sonnets), November 4, 1993 series 5box 13folder 1item 35.0
Women of Note Series, American Women Composers/MA (Steele thanked as an "enthusiastic singer"), May 18, 1994 series 5box 13folder 1item 36.0
Row Twelve: New Music by Women Composers (Anderson Bridge from Three Views of the Charles), July 22, 1994 series 5box 13folder 1item 37.0
Sigma Alpha Iota March Musicale; same program as American Women Composers/MA Women of Note (Three Sonnets), includes translations, March 16, 1996 series 5box 13folder 1item 38.0
Community Music Center, San Francisco (Songs for a Champagne Flute), April 21, 1996 series 5box 13folder 1item 39.0
Nordic Lights, Scandinavian Fest '97 (translations and correspondence, including bio), August 31, 1997 series 5box 13folder 1item 40.0
Konsert, St. Sigfrids Folkhögskola, August 1999 series 5box 13folder 1item 41.0
Lynn Steele and Steven Sussman, recital at MIT (Millay Songs), undated series 5box 13folder 1item 42.0
MIT Memorial Service (original in Series I), January 27, 2003 series 5box 13folder 1item 43.0
New Quartet Publicity Brochure (post 1993), lists Steele as in their repertoire, undated series 5box 13folder 1item 44.0
Hour of Scandinavian Song, Lynn Steele soprano, translations, undated series 5box 13folder 1item 45.0
Music by Winifred Hyson (Steele Piano and Keyboards), undated series 5box 13folder 1item 46.0

Series 6: Photographs, 1957-2002 (1 Folder)

This series contains six pictures of LS.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs, 1957-2002 series 6box 13folder 1
From the Beaumont Journal [TX], picture of school play, December 17, 1957 series 6box 13folder 1item 1.0
Photocopy of Program 6 (Reston Chorale) with photo and bio, 1983 series 6box 13folder 1item 2.0
From brochure, "Early Music at Longy", ca. 1990's series 6box 13folder 1item 3.0
From Swedish Newspaper, Smalandsposten Onsdag, July 28, 1999 series 6box 13folder 1item 4.0
From Web-page, now a JPEG on computer, with scans, undated series 6box 13folder 1item 5.0
Photo used in MIT Memorial Service, ca. 2002 series 6box 13folder 1item 6.0

Series 7: Diplomas, 1969-1993 (5 Folders)

This series includes four diplomas from LS's high-school, undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees. A large, framed doctoral degree certificate is housed separately in the Oversize Drawer, HH2-5.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Moravian Preparatory School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania diploma, 1969 series 7box 13folder 1
Smith College, Bachelor of Arts diploma, 1973 series 7box 13folder 2
American University, Master of Arts diploma, 1982 series 7box 13folder 3
University of Cincinnati, Doctor of Musical Arts diploma, 1993 series 7box 13folder 4
Framed version of University of Cincinnati, Doctor of Musical Arts diploma (oversized; photo case aisle drawer HH2-5), 1993 series 7box 18folder 1

Series 8: Recordings, 1978-1997 (4.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains 61 cassette tapes and 17 reel-to-reel recordings of LS's compositions and of her as a performer, as well as some music by other composers.

Subseries 8.1: Cassette Tapes, 1980-1997 (3.00 Linear Feet)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Steele: Sartre's Wall, Read-Thru, AU Orchestra, April 1980series 8.1box 14folder 1
Steele: Sartre's Wall, CCM Reading, March 2, 1987series 8.1box 14folder 2
Catherine Lynn Steele, Applicant for DMA Program in Composition, undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 3
Demonstration Cassette: Compositions by [Catherine] Lynn Steele (Applicant for D.M.A. Program in composition), undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 4
Steele: Scenes from Dominique, ("Recitative", "Lullaby", "Final Scene"); The Little Rooster and the Little Hen, undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 5
2 Excerpts from Dominique, Bowersox (soprano) / Steele (piano), 1/9/83 AWC Meeting, and 11/15/81 1st reading, November 1981 and January 1983series 8.1box 14folder 6
Steele: 2 Excerpts from Dominique: "Recitative" and "Lullaby", Bowersox (soprano) / Breth (piano), November 19, 1983series 8.1box 14folder 7
Steele: "Countess St. Clair's Aria" from Dominique. Steele (mezzo)/ Rowberry (piano), CCM, March 2, 1987series 8.1box 14folder 8
Steele: Dominique Acts 1, 2, and 3, April 23, 1982series 8.1box 14folder 9
Steele: Dominique Acts 1, 2, and 3, April 23, 1982series 8.1box 14folder 10
Steele: "Countess Clair's Aria"; Fritter: "2 Songs". FMMC, May 13, 1984series 8.1box 14folder 11
Dominique (Personal Copy), April 23, 1982series 8.1box 14folder 12
"Dominique's Lullaby", Anderson House Concert. P. McNulty (soprano.)/M. Hom (pinao), May 12, 1984series 8.1box 14folder 13
Scanlon / Cookson Recital, "Travel" from Seven Poems by E.S.V. Millay and "Countess St. Clair's Aria" from Dominique, April 1, 1984series 8.1box 14folder 14
Steele / Slater Recital, CCM. Seven Songs by E.S.V. Millay, et al, August 3, 1988series 8.1box 14folder 15
Steele / Slater Recital, CCM. Seven Songs by E.S.V. Millay, et al., August 3, 1988series 8.1box 14folder 16
Steele: Seven Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Steele (mezzo) / Rowberry (piano), May 18, 1987series 8.1box 14folder 17
Steele: Seven Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Steele (mezzo) / Rowberry (piano), May 18, 1987series 8.1box 14folder 18
Steele: Seven Poems by Edna S.V. Millay, Radding (soprano) / Scanlon (piano), April 14, 1984series 8.1box 14folder 19
C. L. Steele: Requiem for Women's Voices and Handbells, Reston Chorale, May 15, 1983series 8.1box 14folder 20
C. L. Steele: Requiem for Women's Voices and Handbells, Reston Chorale, May 15, 1983series 8.1box 14folder 21
C. L. Steele: Requiem for Womem's Voices and Handbells, Reston Chorale, May 15, 1983series 8.1box 14folder 22
C. L. Steele: Requiem for Women's Voices and Handbells, Reston Chorale, May 15, 1983series 8.1box 14folder 23
C. L. Steele: Requiem for Women's Voices and Handbells, Reston Chorale, May 15, 1983series 8.1box 14folder 24
Breviario; Lord's Prayer, FMMC, Radding (soprano) / Seidman (harp), March 15, 1985series 8.1box 14folder 25
Breviario; Three Sonnets from the Portuguese. DCFMC, Cathryn Frazier-Neely (Soprano) / Phyllis Mauney (Harp, 1st work) / Jean Arnold (Flute 2nd), February 17, 1985series 8.1box 14folder 26
Steele: 3 Sonnets from the Portuguese, Anderson (fl.) Holmes (sop.), Longy, November 6, 1991series 8.1box 14folder 27
Steele: 3 Sonnets from the Portuguese, Anderson (fl.) Holmes (sop.), AWC Mass. Marathon, March 25, 1994series 8.1box 14folder 28
Steele: 3 Sonnets from the Portuguese, Jennifer Jones (sop.) / Cynthia Tenny (fl.), CCM, November 24, 1986series 8.1box 14folder 29
Steele: 3 Sonnets from the Portuguese, Jennifer Jones (sop.) / Cynthia Tenny (fl.), CCM, November 24, 1986series 8.1box 14folder 30
Walking Through the Heart [label whited out], undatedseries 8.1box 15folder 1
Steele: Walking Through the Heart (CCM, 1989); The Little Rooster and the Little Hen (Amoroso Chamber Consort -1985), 1985,1989series 8.1box 15folder 2
Steele: Motet / Musette, GWU Chorale, Catherine Pickar, December 7, 1984series 8.1box 15folder 3
Steele: Songs for a Champagne Flute (Cincinnati Composers' Guild, 1987); Motet/Musettee (GWU, 1984); The Year's at the Spring (FMMC, 1986), 1984,1986,1987series 8.1box 15folder 4
Steele: Songs for a Champagne Flute, Cincinnati Composers' Guild, Kathie Stewart (flute)/Michael Chertok (piano), October 3, 1987series 8.1box 15folder 5
Steele: Songs for a Champagne Flute, Laitman (flute)/ Kellert (piano), February 12, 1984series 8.1box 15folder 6
Steele: Songs for a Champagne Flute, Laitman (flute)/Kellert (piano), February 12, 1984series 8.1box 15folder 7
Steele: Falling Snow, 1988series 8.1box 15folder 8
Steele: Recuerdos, Findley (violin)/Lee (piano), Strathmore Hall, June 30, 1986series 8.1box 15folder 9
Steele: Recuerdos, Findley (violin)/Lee (piano), Strathmore Hall, June 30, 1986series 8.1box 15folder 10
Steele: The Seventeenth Summer, CCM, May 1987series 8.1box 15folder 11
Steele: Aquarelles, Richmond Camerata, 1985series 8.1box 15folder 12
Steele: Aquarelles, FMMC (Columbia Players), June 9, 1986series 8.1box 15folder 13
Steele: Aquarelles, FMMC (Columbia Players), June 9, 1986series 8.1box 15folder 14
Steele: Three Views of the Charles, Anderson (flute)/Sano (piano), April 7, 1993series 8.1box 15folder 15
Steele: Fantasy for Bassoon and Viola, Rundle (bsn.)/Herbermehl (vla.), CCM, November 10, 1986series 8.1box 15folder 16
Steele: Fantasy for Bassoon and Viola, Rundle (bsn.)/Herbermehl (vla.), CCM, November 10, 1986series 8.1box 15folder 17
Steele: A Six-Minute Muse (reading), CCM, January 31, 1987series 8.1box 15folder 18
Steele: Haec Est Dies; The Year's at the Spring, FMMC Composers' Choral Concert, April 20, 1986series 8.1box 15folder 19
Steele: Haec Est Dies; The Year's at the Spring, FMMC Composers' Choral Concert, April 20, 1986series 8.1box 15folder 20
The Hanging Man, reading by CCM Orch. K. Furimoto, February 5, 1993series 8.1box 15folder 21
The Snowman, soundtrack by Howard Blake, undatedseries 8.1box 15folder 22
The Music of Longing: Art Songs by Turn-of-the-Century Scandinavian Composers. Lynn Steele (soprano)/Andrew Goodridge (piano), Killian Hall, MIT, October 14, 1997series 8.1box 15folder 23
Lynn Steele - Scandinavian Program (music by Grieg), undatedseries 8.1box 15folder 24
Lynn Steele and John Benjamin Recital (music by Grieg, Sibelius, etc.), October 25, 1987series 8.1box 15folder 25
Lynn Steele and John Benjamin Recital (music by Grieg, Sibelius, etc.), October 25, 1987series 8.1box 15folder 26
Lynn Steele and John Benjamin Recital. Original Tape, October 25, 1987series 8.1box 15folder 27
Steele - Recital, Some of Us, final scene of Dominique, Walking through the Heart, February 10, 1989series 8.1box 15folder 28
Lynne Steele and Rebecca Slater Recital (music by Codax, Brahms, etc), July 9, 1989series 8.1box 15folder 29
Lynne Steele and Rebecca Slater Recital (music by Codax, Brahms, etc), July 9, 1989series 8.1box 15folder 30
Lynne Steele and Rebecca Slater Recital (music by Codax, Brahms, etc), July 9, 1989series 8.1box 16folder 1

Subseries 8.2: Reel-to-Reel Tapes, 1978-1988 (1.00 Linear Foot)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Crabtree, Music History & Lit. (small reel), undatedseries 8.2box 16folder 1
Steele, Project #1. "Foggy Night" (small reel), undatedseries 8.2box 16folder 2
Experiments (small reel), Winter 1988series 8.2box 16folder 3
Songs for a Champagne Flute (small reel), February 12, 1984series 8.2box 16folder 4
Can(n)ons; written note [graded assignment?] inside (large reel), December 1986series 8.2box 16folder 5
DCFMC Concert of Music by American Women Composers (large reel), February 12, 1984series 8.2box 16folder 6
Emily Gruss (soprano)/Sharon Reed (piano); Master Tape 1 of 2 (large reel), May 25, 1978series 8.2box 16folder 7
Emily Gruss (soprano)/Sharon Reed (piano); Master Tape 2 of 2 (large reel), May 25, 1978series 8.2box 16folder 8
Steele: Falling Snow (large reel), April 18, 1988series 8.2box 16folder 9
Requiem for Women's Voices and Handbells, Reston Chorale (large reel), May 15, 1983series 8.2box 16folder 10
NON.R. Watson Hall (large reel), November 10, 1986series 8.2box 16folder 11
Falling Snow (large reel), April 13, 1988series 8.2box 17folder 1
Unlabeled -- Lynn Steele, 7.5 IPS, 1/2 Track Stereo, Tail-Out (large reel), undatedseries 8.2box 17folder 2
Unlabeled "#5" -- Lynn Steele, 7.5 IPS, 1/2 Track Stereo, Tail-Out (large reel), undatedseries 8.2box 17folder 3
Unlabeled -- Steele, Tails-Out, 7.5 (large reel), undatedseries 8.2box 17folder 4
Unlabeled -- Lynn Steele, 7.5 ips, tail out (large reel), undatedseries 8.2box 17folder 5
Unlabeled metal reel (large reel), undatedseries 8.2box 17folder 6

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