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Frank Bencriscutto Collection

Abstract

Title:
Frank Bencriscutto Collection
Author/Creator:
Bencriscutto, Frank
Collection number:
03-110-ABA
Size:
0.50 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1972-1997
Inclusive dates:
1972-1997
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:

Dr. Frank Peter Anthony Bencriscutto was known as a conductor, educator, and composer. A longtime Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Bencriscutto and the band toured the USSR for seven weeks in 1969, with a final performance at the White House. An avid jazz musician, performing on saxophone and clarinet, he is also credited with introducing jazz into the music curriculum at the University of Minnesota. After retiring in 1993, Dr. Bencriscutto soon joined the faculty at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan as a visiting professor and conductor of the wind ensemble until 1996. He was posthumously awarded the 1997 Medal of Honor by the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. The collection consists of programs, articles, compositions, and recordings related to Bencriscutto's career.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Frank Bencriscutto Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/2994
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

Dr. Frank Peter Anthony Bencriscutto was known as a conductor, educator, and composer. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Bencriscutto joined the University of Minnesota faculty as Director of Bands and Professor of Music after receiving his Doctorate of Musical Arts. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1966. As part of a cultural exchange program, the University of Minnesota band toured the USSR for seven weeks in 1969, with a final performance at the White House. Dr. Bencriscutto was an avid jazz musician, performing on saxophone and clarinet, and is credited with introducing jazz into the music curriculum at the University of Minnesota. He retired as Director of Bands in 1993 and soon joined the faculty at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan as a visiting professor and conductor of the wind ensemble until 1996. Dr. Bencriscutto was posthumously awarded the 1997 Medal of Honor by the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frank Bencriscutto Collection covers the period from 1972 to 1997. The collection consists of programs, articles, compositions, and recordings related to Bencriscutto's work as a conductor, educator and composer at the University of Minnesota and at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

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Processing Information

Processed by:

Caitlyn Callahan and Sally Roberts, June 2007

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Colleen McKnight, August 2007, and edited by Nicole Horstman, November 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Biographical Information, undated (6 items)

This series contains three photographs along with several biographies, all undated. The biographies provide details about Dr. Bencriscuttos personal life and professional career.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Biographical Information, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Photograph, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 1.0
Photograph, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 2.0
Photograph, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 3.0
Biography and List of Honors and Awards, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 4.0
The Frank and Jean Bencriscutto Family, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 5.0
Dr. Frank A. Bencriscutto, by Jean Bencriscutto, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 6.0

Series 2: Programs, 1985-1997 (10 items)

This series contains programs from 1985 to 1997, arranged chronologically. These include his 25th Anniversary Concert and the Memorial Concert, held after his death in 1997.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Programs, 1985-1997 series 2box 1folder 2
University of Minnesota: Dr. Bens 25th Anniversary Celebration, 1985 series 2box 1folder 2item 1.0
University of Minnesota: The University Jazz Ensemble, 1987 series 2box 1folder 2item 2.0
Kanagawa University: Symphonic Band, 1990 series 2box 1folder 2item 3.0
Shobi Wind Ensemble Special Performance Tour to America, 1990 series 2box 1folder 2item 4.0
University of Minnesota: Centennial Celebration Concert, 1992 series 2box 1folder 2item 5.0
Japan: The World of Dr. Frank Bencriscutto, 1995 series 2box 1folder 2item 6.0
Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble, 1995 series 2box 1folder 2item 7.0
Concordia College Band: Concert Season, 1995 series 2box 1folder 2item 8.0
University of Minnesota: A Celebration of Dr. Ben and his Music, 1997 series 2box 1folder 2item 9.0
Western International Band Clinic, 1997 series 2box 1folder 2item 10.0

Series 3: Articles, 1979-1997 (1 folder)

This series contains articles written about Dr. Bencriscutto from 1979 to 1997, arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles, 1979-1997 series 3box 1folder 3

Series 4: Correspondence, 1987-1997 (1 folder)

This series contains letters collected by Dr. Bencriscutto from 1987 to 1997, arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1987-1997 series 4box 1folder 4

Series 5: Writing, 1972-1993 (1 folder)

This series contains three folders of material written by Dr. Bencriscutto, from 1972 to 1993, arranged by type of publication. The first folder, titled Published Articles, contains journal articles published in The Instrumentalist and The School Musician. The second folder, titled Jazz Handouts, contains all the notes from Jazz Class for Jazz Lovers presented by Dr. Bencriscutto and John Zdechlik. The third folder, titled Philosophy, contains position statements and Dr. Bencriscuttos thoughts relating to teaching music.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Writing- Published Articles, 1972-1993 series 5box 1folder 5
The Instrumentalist: The Cultural Exchange- A Force for Peace, April 1972 series 5box 1folder 5item 1.0
The School Musician: Lets Put It All Together, November 1979 series 5box 1folder 5item 2.0
The School Musician: Creative Involvement- The Role of The Concert Band, June/July 1981 series 5box 1folder 5item 3.0
The Instrumentalist: Lets Not Forget Music, January 1984 series 5box 1folder 5item 4.0
The Instrumentalist: Develop Creative Musicians, May 1985 series 5box 1folder 5item 5.0
The Instrumentalist: Lets Get Involved with Our Future, May 1987 series 5box 1folder 5item 6.0
The Instrumentalist: Frank Bencriscutto- Raising Standards, November 1987 series 5box 1folder 5item 7.0
The Instrumentalist: Jazz- Its Own Worst Enemy, October 1993 series 5box 1folder 5item 8.0
The Instrumentalist: Developing Creativity Through Improvisation, October 1993 series 5box 1folder 5item 9.0
Intonation- A New Approach, undated series 5box 1folder 5item 10.0
Writing- Jazz Class Handouts, 1972-1993 series 5box 1folder 6
Writing- Philosophy, 1972-1993 series 5box 1folder 7
ABA Position Statement, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 1.0
MBDA Position Statement, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 2.0
Getting Results With Your Musical Group, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 3.0
Making it Happen, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 4.0
Motive for Music, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 5.0
Participation, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 6.0
The Band, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 7.0
Creativity and Music Education, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 8.0
The Precarious Position of Music, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 9.0
Music, Religion and Life, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 10.0
The Role of the Listener, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 11.0
Festival Improvement, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 12.0
The American Band Program- Proper Focus, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 13.0
Marching Band, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 14.0
Things I Find Myself Saying and Doing to Get Results Wherever I Guest Conduct, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 15.0
Your Musicianship, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 16.0
You and Your Childs Music Study, undated series 5box 1folder 7item 17.0

Series 6: Compositions, undated (1 folder)

This series contains six scores, several lists of Bencriscuttos compositions, and one copy of the Conductors Score for Total Musicianship.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Compositions, undated series 6box 1folder 8
Concertino for Tuba and Band, Score, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 1.0
Jazz March- A Brazilian Percussion Feature, Score, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 2.0
Serenade for Solo Alto Saxophone and Band, Score, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 3.0
Dialogue for Solo Clarinet and Band, Score, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 4.0
Visions of Childhood from Metamorphosis, Score, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 5.0
Centennial Festival Overture, Sample Score, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 6.0
Kjos Music Company Brochure for The Music of Frank Bencriscutto (2), undated series 6box 1folder 8item 7.0
Catalog of Music For Percussion, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 8.0
List of Works, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 9.0
Kjos Music Company Brochure for Total Musicianship (2), undated series 6box 1folder 8item 10.0
Total Musicianship, Conductor Score, undated series 6box 1folder 8item 11.0

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