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The Records of the Madrigal Singers

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Abstract

Title:
The Records of the Madrigal Singers
Author/Creator:
Madrigal Singers
Collection number:
08-31-MENC
Size:
21.00 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1959-1970
Inclusive dates:
1958-1983
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:

The Madrigal Singers were organized at the University of Maryland in 1958 by Professor Rose Marie Grentzer to perform vocal and instrumental music dating from the pre-Renaissance period to twentieth-century America. The group's records include photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, music, reels, and administrative records documenting the operation and performances of the Madrigal Singers.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

The Records of the Madrigal Singers, 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

In the fall of 1958, a group of musically-inclined students at the University of Maryland at College Park began gathering during the noon hour to sing madrigals for their own enjoyment. Madrigals are secular polyphonic songs with parts for four to six voices, usually having no accompaniment; the style developed in Europe during the Renaissance. In 1959, the group was officially recognized by the university and became known as the Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Rose Marie Grentzer, a professor of music and chairperson of the Music Education Division of the University of Maryland.

Due to the nature of the music, the group remained small over the years, ranging from twelve to twenty-two singers and musicians. The students, both undergraduates and graduates, came from various academic departments on campus. Membership was gained through audition, and singers slowly joined the group after a "warming" period. The Singers performed concerts of music from the Middle Ages up to the modern day, though the focus was always the Renaissance. They used Renaissance-period instruments and wore Renaissance costumes specially crafted by the Home Economics Department.

The Madrigal Singers performed locally and internationally. Local highlights included concerts at the White House, the headquarters of the Organization of American States, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Performances were also held on the University of Maryland campus and at other schools, libraries, museums, and organizations, as well as at national meetings, such as the Music Educators National Conference. In the late 1960s and in 1970, the group gave several personal performances for the author Katherine Anne Porter with selections from the author's own song book.

The Madrigal Singers also sang on television and radio and made recordings for distribution to other countries. Beginning in 1960, the group performed each Christmas season on Baltimore, Maryland, television as the WBAL-TV Carollers.

Their success as a musical group reached its pinnacle in 1964 when they participated in a U.S. Cultural Presentations Program tour sponsored by the State Department. For fourteen weeks from February to May, the Madrigal Singers performed over ninety concerts in eleven countries in the Near East, North Africa, and the British Isles.

The Madrigal Singers disbanded after Rose Marie Grentzer's retirement in 1974.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the University of Maryland Madrigal Singers span the period 1958 to 1974; the bulk of the material dates from 1959 to 1970. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, publicity, student lists, performance-related documents, sheet music, one recording, photographs, and memorabilia. The major topics covered include requests, plans, programs, and notes of appreciation for concerts, especially the State Department tour.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The papers of the Madrigal Singers were transferred to University Archives in July 1974 by Rose Marie Grentzer. The collection was transferred to Special Collections in Performing Arts in August 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by:

originally processed, October 1974; edited by Patricia J. Rettig, April 1997; re-processed by Amanda Koss May, October 2010

Processing note:

Originally processed in 1974, the collection was re-organized in 1997. Duplicates were discarded. Paper clips and metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips. The materials were placed in acid-free folders and reboxed in acid-free boxes. Photographs and memorabilia were separated and moved to their respective storage locations within the department. Lastly, the guide was enhanced and reformatted. The collection was re-organized in 2010 to incorporate newly acquired materials. Similar processes were applied at that time, with the exception of plastic clips, which were removed.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD databse in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Dan Schwartz, May 2006. Edited by Malissa Ruffner, December 2008, and Cassandra N. Berman, April 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1958-1974 (4 linear feet)

This series contains student lists, schedules, programs, clippings, and publicity describing the performance history of the Madrigal Singers. Important subjects documented are the group's performances at the White House, State Department, Organization of American States, and the Folger Library, as well as for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. Also included is information on the Madrigal Singers performance of Katherine Anne Porter's French Song-Book for the author herself.

The materials are arranged to put overview and background information before programs and clippings, and then chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Contact lists - chronological, 1958-1974 series 1box 1folder 1
Schedules - chronological, 1957-1974 series 1box 1folder 2
General Information, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Programs, 1958 series 1box 1folder 4
Programs, 1959 series 1box 1folder 5
Programs, 1960 series 1box 1folder 6
Programs, 1961 series 1box 1folder 7
Programs, 1962 series 1box 1folder 8
Programs, 1963 series 1box 1folder 9
Programs, 1964 series 1box 1folder 10
Programs, 1965 series 1box 1folder 11
Programs, 1966 series 1box 2folder 1
Programs, 1967 series 1box 2folder 2
Programs, 1968 series 1box 2folder 3
Programs, 1969 series 1box 2folder 4
Programs, 1970 series 1box 2folder 5
Programs, 1971 series 1box 2folder 6
Programs, 1972 series 1box 2folder 7
Programs, 1973 series 1box 2folder 8
Clippings and Publicity, 1958 series 1box 2folder 9
Clippings and Publicity, 1959 series 1box 2folder 10
Clippings and Publicity, 1960 series 1box 2folder 11
Clippings and Publicity, 1961 series 1box 2folder 12
Clippings and Publicity, 1962 series 1box 3folder 1
Clippings and Publicity, 1963 series 1box 3folder 2
Clippings and Publicity, 1964 series 1box 3folder 3
Clippings and Publicity, 1965 series 1box 3folder 4
Clippings and Publicity, 1966 series 1box 3folder 5
Clippings and Publicity, 1967 series 1box 3folder 6
Clippings and Publicity, 1968 series 1box 4folder 1
Clippings and Publicity, 1969 series 1box 4folder 2
Clippings and Publicity, 1970 series 1box 4folder 3
Clippings and Publicity, 1971 series 1box 4folder 4
Clippings and Publicity, 1972 series 1box 4folder 5
Clippings and Publicity, 1973 series 1box 4folder 6
Publicity, 1964-1968 series 1box 18folder 1
Clippings, 1962-1964 series 1box 18folder 2
Names and Addresses, 1974 series 1box 19folder 1

Series 2: Production Files, 1958-1973 (3 linear feet)

This series includes documentation, notes, and plans necessary to stage the group's productions. Included are costume notes, scripts, stage directions, repertoires, and sheet music.

Materials are arranged chronologically within the folders where date could be determined.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Costumes, 1964 and undated series 2box 5folder 1
Scripts and Stage Directions - General, 1958-1973 series 2box 5folder 2
Scripts and Stage Directions - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 5folder 3
Scripts and Stage Directions - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 5folder 4
Scripts and Stage Directions - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 5folder 5
Scripts and Stage Directions - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 6folder 1
Repertoires, 1958-1973 series 2box 6folder 2
Additional Production Notes, 1958-1973 series 2box 6folder 3
Sheet Music - General, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 1
Sheet Music - General, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 2
Sheet Music - General, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 3
Sheet Music - General, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 4
Sheet Music - General, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 5
Sheet Music - Katherine Anne Porter Songbook, 1967 series 2box 7folder 6
Sheet Music - Katherine Anne Porter Songbook, 1967 series 2box 7folder 7
Sheet Music - 1964 Tour, 1964 series 2box 7folder 8
Sheet Music - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 9
Sheet Music - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 10
Sheet Music - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 11
Sheet Music - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 12
Sheet Music - Christmas, 1958-1973 series 2box 7folder 13
Program Notes, undated series 2box 19folder 2
Music Inventory, undated series 2box 19folder 3
Repertoire, undated series 2box 19folder 4
Christmas Repertoire, undated series 2box 19folder 5
Christmas Artwork, undated series 2box 19folder 6
Christmas Production Notes, undated series 2box 19folder 7

Series 3: Correspondence, 1959-1983 (2 linear feet)

This series includes correspondence not related to the 1964 State Department Tour. Correspondence is arranged chronologically by year.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1959 series 3box 8folder 1
Correspondence, 1960 series 3box 8folder 2
Correspondence, 1961 series 3box 8folder 3
Correspondence, 1962 series 3box 8folder 4
Correspondence, 1963 series 3box 8folder 5
Correspondence, 1964 series 3box 8folder 6
Correspondence, 1965 series 3box 8folder 7
Correspondence, 1966 series 3box 8folder 8
Correspondence, 1967 series 3box 8folder 9
Correspondence, 1968 series 3box 8folder 10
Correspondence, 1969 series 3box 9folder 1
Correspondence, 1970 series 3box 9folder 2
Correspondence, 1971 series 3box 9folder 3
Correspondence, 1972 series 3box 9folder 4
Correspondence, 1973 series 3box 9folder 5
Correspondence, 1974 series 3box 9folder 6
Correspondence, 1983 series 3box 9folder 7

Series 4: State Department Tour Records, 1961-1965 (4 linear feet)

This series contains administrative files, reports, notes, itineraries, publicity, clippings, programs, correspondence and gifts related to the 1964 tour of the Middle East and British Isles.

General information on the Madrigal Singers tour appears first in the series followed by information on specific countries visited, in chronological order by tour dates.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cultural Presentations Program - Reports, 1963-1965 series 4box 10folder 1
Cultural Presentations Program - Reports, 1963-1965 series 4box 10folder 2
General Tour Information, 1963-1964 series 4box 10folder 3
Miscellaneous Tour Notes, 1963-1964 series 4box 10folder 4
Itineraries, 1964 series 4box 10folder 5
Publicity, 1964 series 4box 10folder 6
Clippings, U.S. - chronological, 1963-1964 series 4box 10folder 7
Clippings, Foreign - chronological - working copies, 1963-1964 series 4box 10folder 8
Clippings, Foreign - chronological - originals, 1963-1964 series 4box 11folder 1
Briefings - General - chronological, 1963-1964 series 4box 11folder 2
Briefings - General - chronological, 1963-1964 series 4box 11folder 3
Briefings - Travel Guides, 1963-1964 series 4box 11folder 4
Interview Notes, 1964 series 4box 11folder 5
Programs - General, 1964 series 4box 11folder 6
Programs - Specific Performances, 1964 series 4box 12folder 1
Programs - Specific Performances, 1964 series 4box 12folder 2
Repertoire, 1964 series 4box 12folder 3
Program Notes, 1964 series 4box 12folder 4
Correspondence - Personal - chronological, 1964 series 4box 12folder 5
Correspondence - Invitations and Calling Cards, 1964 and undated series 4box 12folder 6
Correspondence - State Department - chronological, 1963-1964 series 4box 12folder 7
Correspondence - United States - chronological, 1963-1964 series 4box 12folder 8
Correspondence - Greece - chronological, 1963-1964 series 4box 12folder 9
Correspondence - Turkey - chronological, 1963-1964 series 4box 12folder 10
Correspondence - Iraq - chronological, 1964 series 4box 12folder 11
Correspondence - Iran - chronological, 1964 series 4box 12folder 12
Correspondence - United Arab Republic - chronological, 1964 series 4box 12folder 13
Correspondence - Jordan - chronological, 1964 series 4box 12folder 14
Correspondence - Cyprus - chronological, 1963-64 series 4box 12folder 15
Correspondence - Lebanon - chronological, 1964-1965 series 4box 13folder 1
Correspondence - Morocco - chronological, 1964 series 4box 13folder 2
Correspondence - Tunisia - chronological, 1964 series 4box 13folder 3
Correspondence - Great Britain - chronological, 1964 series 4box 13folder 4
Correspondence - Ireland - chronological, 1964 series 4box 13folder 5
Greece - Gifts, 1964 series 4box 13folder 6
Greece - Gifts, 1964 series 4box 13folder 7

Series 5: Recordings, 1959-1974 (153 recordings; 1 linear foot)

This series includes physical reels and records featuring the Madrigal Singers as well as production and administrative notes related to the group's television and radio performances. Notes are arranged by performance, where determinable. A complete list of reels is available upon request.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Reels (Note: Located in the SCPA Reels Collection), 1960-1974 series 5box 13folder 8
English Teaching Forum, 1969 series 5box 13folder 8item 1.0
Christmas, 1959-1973 series 5box 13folder 8item 2.0

Series 6: Photographs, 1959-1973 (3 linear feet)

This series is organized by location, where determinable.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
University of Maryland, 1959-1973 series 6box 14folder 1
Governor's Palace - Annapolis, MD, 1968 series 6box 14folder 2
Williamsburg, VA, 1961 series 6box 14folder 3
Television Performances - Color, 1959-1973 series 6box 14folder 4
Television Performances - Black and White, 1959-1973 series 6box 14folder 5
Folger Shakespeare Library, 1963 series 6box 14folder 6
Organization of American States, undated series 6box 14folder 7
Other Performances - Identified, 1959-1973 series 6box 14folder 8
Other Photos - Unidentified Locations, 1959-1973 series 6box 15folder 1
Other Photos - Unidentified Locations, 1959-1973 series 6box 15folder 2
State Department Tour - Promotional Photos, 1964 series 6box 15folder 3
State Department Tour - Eastern Europe and the Middle East, 1964 series 6box 15folder 4
State Department Tour - Turkey, 1964 series 6box 15folder 5
State Department Tour - Turkey, 1964 series 6box 15folder 6
State Department Tour - Iraq, 1964 series 6box 15folder 7
State Department Tour - United Arab Republic, 1964 series 6box 16folder 1
State Department Tour - United Arab Republic, 1964 series 6box 16folder 2
State Department Tour - United Arab Republic, 1964 series 6box 16folder 3
State Department Tour - Petra, 1964 series 6box 16folder 4
State Department Tour - Tunisia, 1964 series 6box 16folder 5
State Department Tour - Ireland, 1964 series 6box 16folder 6
State Department Tour - Unidentified Locations, 1964 series 6box 16folder 7
White House, 1964-1969 series 6box 18folder 3
Photographs, unidentified locations, undated series 6box 18folder 4

Series 7: Memorabilia, 1964-1970 (4 linear feet)

This series contains White House Christmas Cards signed by President Lyndon Johnson, as well as posters, publicity materials and gifts acquired during the 1964 tour.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Doll, Cretian cowboy given to singers in Herklion, Greece, 1964 series 7box 17folder 1
Koran, inlaid cover, mother of pearl 4"x5.5". Presented to Madrigal Singers by King Hussein of Jordan, at the Harrow School in England, 1964 series 7box 17folder 2
Dagger, in metal sheath, presented by the Ministry of Guidance, Baghdad, 1964 series 7box 17folder 3
Christmas Cards with Picture of Madrigal Singers, undated series 7box 17folder 4
Certificate: Metropolitan Area Mass Media Special Programming Award, 1968 series 7box 17folder 5
Certificate: MENC Appreciation, 1970 series 7box 17folder 6
Certificate for Honorary Citizenship in Carthage, blank, undated series 7box 18folder 5
White House Christmas Card (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), 1965 series 7box 20folder 1
White House Christmas Card (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), 1966 series 7box 20folder 2
White House Christmas Card (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), 1967 series 7box 20folder 3
White House Christmas Card (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), 1968 series 7box 20folder 4
Middle Eastern Tour Maps (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), 1964 series 7box 20folder 5
Costume drawings and cloth samples (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), undated series 7box 20folder 6
Posters, four 31"x 33", University of Maryland Singers, Presentation, Dept. of State, U.S. of America. appearance, Greece and Iran (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), 1964 series 7box 20folder 7
Posters, six 31"x 33", University of Maryland Singers, Presentation, Dept. of State, U.S. of America. appearance, Jordan (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), 1964 series 7box 20folder 8
Posters, seven 31"x 33", University of Maryland Singers, Presentation, Dept. of State, U.S. of America. appearance, Tunisia, Turkey, blank (Note: Located in Workroom Map Case), 1964 series 7box 20folder 9

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