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The Robert Parris Papers


The Robert Parris Papers
Parris, Robert
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2.50 linear feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
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:

Robert Parris (1924-1999) was known both as a composer and music critic. He earned his B.S. in composition from the Julliard School of Music in 1948, continued studies at Tanglewood from 1950-51, and went on to complete a Fulbright Scholarship from 1952-53. Parris studied with a number of composers including, Peter Mennin, William Bergsma, Jacques Ibert, Aaron Copland, Otto Luening, and Arthur Honegger. Local to the Washington, DC metro area, Parris worked as music critic for both the Washington Post and Washington Star from 1961-1975. After teaching at Washington State College and University of Maryland, Mr. Parris joined the music faculty at George Washington University in 1963. A large number of Parris compositions were published by the American Composers Alliance. This collection consists of original scores, sketches, and printing masters of works composed during Parris career.

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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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301-314-7614, Email:


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