Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Shepherd School of Music Records, 1950-2003 UA 094



creator Shepherd School of Music.
Title: Shepherd School of Music Records
Dates: 1950-2003
Abstract: The collection contains much of the history of the Shepherd School of Music including information on the Shepherd family and foundation, as well as departmental correspondence, news clippings, music reviews, brochures, concert calendars, announcements, and invitations, including those for the dedication of the school and the new Alice Pratt Brown Hall. The bulk of the collection is comprised of programs.
Identification: UA 094
Quantity: 5.0 linear ft. (10 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Organizational Sketch

The Shepherd School of Music was formally opened at Rice University in 1975. It was funded by an endowment of approximately $8 million from Sallie Shepherd Perkins in honor of her grandfather, Benjamin A. Shepherd. She wanted to establish a music school of the highest excellence.

The first Dean of the School was Samuel Jones, a distinguished American conductor and composer. School began in the fall with a gifted freshman class of 23 students, a faculty of 16 both full and part-time, and an innovative curriculum developed by Dean Jones and the Rice Faculty. It stressed coordination between theoretical and practical musicianship. One major emphasis was and is orchestral studies. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study. The school is a 5-year institution, with bachelor's and master's degrees awarded simultaneously on graduation.

On October 4, 1991, the dedication of the new building music building, Alice Pratt Brown Hall was held. The building was designed by Spanish Architect, Ricardo Bofill under the direction of Dean Michael Hammond who came to Rice University in 1985. One of the outstanding features of the new building is the Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall and Grand Organ that was made possible by a gift from Edythe Bates Old. The organ was designed by Rosales Organ Builders of Los Angeles and was dedicated on April 4, 1997.


Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of 10 boxes containing much of the history of the Shepherd School of Music including the Deed of Gift from the Shepherd Foundation and the draft of the activation of the Shepherd School. There is information on the Shepherd family and foundation, as well as departmental correspondence, news clippings, music reviews, brochures, concert calendars, announcements, and invitations, including those for the dedication of the school and the new Alice Pratt Brown Hall. There is one compact disc that has performances of Shepherd School musicians. There is one construction-type hardhat labeled Shepherd School of Music. The bulk of the collection is made up of programs from 1956 to 2001.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish these records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University. Alice Pratt Brown Hall.
Shepherd School of Music.
Genres
clippings (information artifacts)
corrrespondence
invitations
programs (documents)
Family Names
Shepherd family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Shepherd School of Music Records, 1950-2001, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Rice University Business Office and Shepherd School of Music, 1977, 1988, and 1991.


 General note 

Portions of this collection are available at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/71868 and at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/77130.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Shepherd Family & Foundation, Department, News Clippings, and Music Reviews

Box Folder
1 1 Shepherd Family - Book entitled "Questions on the Historical Parts of the New Testaments for Sunday Exercises", 1920, owned by Benjamin A. Shepherd
2 Shepherd Family - History, 1950
3 Shepherd Family - Deed of Gift
4 Shepherd Foundation - Correspondence, 1962
5 Shepherd Foundation - Lectures, 1953
6 Activation of School, n.d.
7 Curriculum, 1975
8 Organizational structure and faculty lists, 1983-85
9 Department Self-Study Questionnaire, n.d.
10 Department Correspondence, 1964-66, 1968-69, 1988
11 Informational Brochures
12 News Clippings/Press Releases - 1951, 1954, 1962-63, 1965, 1968-69, 1971-75, 1977, 1979-82, 1985-92, 1994-2003, n.d.
13 Music Reviews - 1968, 1978, 1979-80, 1985-87, 1989-93, 1995, 1997, n.d.
14 Lost Sheep, 1991-92
15 Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 1971-74
16 National Humanities Foundation, 1968, n.d.



 

Series II: Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Music Library, Chapel Organ, and Grand Organ

Box Folder
2 1 Formal Opening, 1975
2 Alice Pratt Brown Hall Proposal
3 Alice Pratt Brown Hall - Clippings, 1986-88, 1990-92, 1993, 1994
4 Alice Pratt Brown Hall - Dedication, 1991
5 Music Library, 2000
6 Chapel Organ - C. B. Fisk, Inc. Organ Company, Correspondence 1958, 1961-64, 1966; Photos, Drawings
7 Grand Organ - Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall, Clippings, 1992-93, 1995-97; Dedication, 1991



 

Series III: Performances, Courses, Musicology Colloquium, Conferences, Gala, and Rice Chamber Orcestra

Box Folder
3 1 Compact Disc - Performances by Shepherd School Groups, 1996
2 Continuing Studies Courses, 1984-85
3 Hildegard 900/Hildegard at Rice, 1998
4 Musicology Colloquium Series, 1992-95
5 Seminars and Conferences, 1995, n.d.
6 Shepherd School Gala - Cecilia Bartoli, 1995
11 Woodwinds of Houston - Correspondence, Calendars, Photos, 1966-67
7 "I Solisti Veneti" Concert, 1992
8 Houston Friends of Houston - Correspondence, 1971-73
9 Rice Chamber Orchestra European Tour, 1972
10 Rice Chamber Orchestra - Correspondence, 1970-74, n.d.



 

Series IV: Invitations, Announcements, and Calendars

Box Folder
4 1 Invitations - 1966, 1970, 1974-75, 1985-87, 1991, 1993, 1997-98, n.d.
2 Invitations, Concert Calendars, 1966-73, n.d.
3 Posters, 1971-72, 1976-77, n.d.
4 Concert Announcements and Correspondence, 1956-62
5 Concert Announcements and Correspondence, 1963-64
6 Concert Announcements, Correspondence, Calendars, and Press Releases, 1965-75, n.d.
7 Concert Announcements and Calendars - 1980, 1985-86, 1987-90, 1992-2001
8 Concert Season Calendars, 1979-95
9 Concert Season Calendars, 1996-2001
10 Concert Season Calendars, 2002 -



 

Series V: Memorabilia

Box
4B Hardhat with label reading "Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Miner-Dederick Constructors, Inc."



 

Series VI: Programs 1950-1974

General note
These programs are for performances which took place under the auspices of the Shepherd School of Music prior to its formal opening in 1975.
Box Folder
5 1 Programs - Houston Chamber Music Quartet, Lyric Art Quartet, Music Guild of Houston Quartet, Rice Chamber Music Players, Woodwinds of Houston, 1955-1959
2 Programs - Houston Chamber Music Quartet, Lyric Art Quartet, Music Guild String Quartet, Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1960-1961
3 Programs - Contemporary Music Society of Houston, Lyric Art Quartet, Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1962
4 Programs - Contemporary Music Society of Houston, Lyric Art Quartet, Shepherd School String Ensemble, Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1963
5 Programs - Houston Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Art Quartet, Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1964
6 Programs - Houston Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Art String Quartet, Rice Chorale, Rice Symphonic Society, recitals, 1965
7 Programs - Bach Society of Houston, Lyric Art String Quartet, Rice Chorale, Rice Chamber Music Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1966
8 Programs - Houston Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Art String Quartet, recitals, 1967
9 Programs - Bach Society of Houston, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Houston Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Art String Quartet, Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1968
10 Programs - Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Houston Friends of Music, Lyric Art String Quartet, Rice Baroque Ensemble, Rice Brass Quintet, Rice University Chamber Orchestra, Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1969
Box Folder
6 1 Programs - Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Houston Chamber Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Art String Quartet, Rice Brass Quintet, Rice University Chamber Orchestra, recitals, 1970
2 Programs - Houston Friends of Music, Lyric Art String Quartet, Rice Baroque Ensemble, Rice University Chamber Orchestra, Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1971
3 Programs - Lyric Art String Quartet, Rice University Chamber Orchestra, Opera a la Carte, recitals, 1972
4 Programs - Lyric Art String Quartet, Rice University Chamber Orchestra, recitals, 1973
5 Programs - Lyric Art String Quartet, Rice University Chamber Orchestra, Woodwinds of Houston, recitals, 1974



 

Series VII: Programs 1975-current

General note
These programs are for performances sponsored by the Shepherd School of Music after its formal opening in 1975.
Box Folder
6 6 Programs - Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Woodwind Ensemble, Shepherd Quartet, recitals, 1975
7 Programs - Rice Chorale, Shepherd Quartet, Tipton Trio, recitals, 1976
Box Folder
7 1 Programs - Houston Friends of Music, Rice Chorale, Shepherd Quartet, Shepherd Sinfonia, Shepherd Woodwind Quartet, Syzygy, recitals, 1977
2 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Electronic Music Studio, Houston Friends of Music, Percussion Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Rice Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Brass Quintet, Shepherd Quartet, Shepherd Woodwind Quartet, Shepherd Sinfonia, Syzygy, recitals, 1978
3 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Houston Harpsichord Society, Rice Chorale, Rice Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Chamber Players, Percussion Ensemble, Shepherd Quartet, Shepherd Sinfonia, Syzygy, recitals, 1979
4 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Percussion Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Shepherd Electronic Music, Shepherd Sinfonia, Shepherd Singers, Syzygy, recitals, 1980
Box Folder
8 1 Programs - Rice Chorale, 1982
2 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Houston Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Shepherd Percussion Ensemble, Shepherd Singers, Shepherd Symphony Orchestra, Syzygy, recitals, 1983
3 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Singers, Syzygy, recitals, 1984
4 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Singers, Syzygy, recitals, 1985
5 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Shepherd School of Music Opera Theater, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Singers, Syzygy, recitals, 1986 (Spring)
Box Folder
9 1 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Shepherd School of Music Opera Theater, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Singers, Syzygy, recitals, 1986 (Fall)
2-3 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Shepherd School Opera Theater, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Syzygy, recitals, 1987 (Spring)
4 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Jazz Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Shepherd School Opera Theater, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Singers, Syzygy, recitals, 1987 (Fall)
Box Folder
10 1-2 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, Houston Friends of Music, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Rice Chorale, Schola Pastoris, Shepherd School Opera Theater, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Singers, Syzygy, recitals, 1988 (Spring)