Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Shepherd School of Music Records, 1950-2001



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shepherd School of Music
Title Shepherd School of Music Records
Dates: 1950-2001
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.
ID Rice UA Shepherd School
Extent 9 boxes (4.5 lin.ft.)
Language English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

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 9 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 (Persons)
Shepherd family (Houston, Tex.)
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - Shepherd School of Music - history.
Shepherd Foundation.
Rice University - Alice Pratt Brown Hall.
Formats
Programs.
Correspondence.
Newsclippings.
Invitations.

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.


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
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.
11 Woodwinds of Houston - Correspondence, Calendars, Photos, 1966-67



 

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: Programs

box folder
5 1 Programs - Campanile Orchestra, 1986-87, 1989, 1991-94, 1998
2 Programs - Chamber Music Series, 1974-76
3 Programs - Chamber Orchestra, 1969-73, 1998
4 Programs - Chamber Orchestra Society, 1964-65, 1967, 1968, 1970
5 Programs - Choral, Miscellaneous, 1955, 1964, 1966, 1991
6 Programs - Christmas Concerts, 1976-77, 1979, 1982, 1989
7 Programs - Composers, 1978
8 Programs - Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, 1968-70
9 Programs - Dance Concerts, 1963, 1965
10 Programs - Electronic Music, 1971, 1978
11 Programs and Calendars - Festival of American Contemporary Music, 1986-90, 1992
12 Programs - German Songs (Hugh Wolf, etc.), 1970, 1972, 1992
13 Programs and Calendars - Guest Artists and Guest Artist Series, 1984-87, 1990
14 Programs - Homecoming, 1989, 1991
15 Programs - Houston Chamber Music Quartet, 1957
16 Programs - Houston Friends of Music, 1969-71, 1977-78, 1983-85, 1987, 1989-91, 1994-95, 1998, 1999
17 Programs - Houston Symphony, 1968-70, 1975
18 Programs - Lectures and Poetry Readings, 1963, 1969
19 Programs - Library Concerts, 1969-73
box folder
6 1 Programs - Lyric Art (String) Quartet, 1956-63
2 Programs - Lyric Art (String) Quartet, 1964-74
3 Programs - Music Guild Quartet, 1955, 1958, 1961
4 Programs - Music Societies, Miscellaneous, 1962, 1964-65, 1966, 1968
5 Programs and Miscellaneous - Opera Theater and Opera Miscellaneous, 1972, 1984, 1986-90, 1992-95, 1997-98
6 Programs - Other Institutions and Organizations, 1961-63, 1965, 1967, 1969-70, 1972-73, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1998, n.d.
7 Programs - Piano Dedications, John Perry, 1985, 1989
8 Programs - Presidential Concerts, 1986, 1990-91, 1994, 1998
9 Programs - Recitals, Chamber Music, 1966, 1970
10 Programs - Recitals, Faculty and Faculty Artist Series and Concerts, 1964, 1983, 1986-88, 1992-95, 1996
11 Programs - Recitals, Miscellaneous, 1963, 1965, 1968-69, 1972-74, 1977
12 Programs - Recitals, Organ: Bielawa, Sandra, 1964-65
13 Programs - Recitals, Organ: Kratzenstein, Klaus Christhart, 1966-72, 1974, n.d.
14 Programs - Recitals, Organ: Miscellaneous, 1964, 1966-75
box folder
7 1 Programs - Recitals, Organ: Soderland, Sandra, 1965-66
2 Programs - Recitals, Organ: Speer, Klaus, 1961-63
3 Programs - Recitals, Student, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996-98
4 Programs - Rice Memorial Chapel, 1965, 1967, n.d.
5 Programs - Schola Pastoris, 1992-94
6 Programs - Shepherd Quartet, 1975-78
7 Programs - Shepherd Sinfonia, 1977-78
8 Programs - Shepherd Singers, 1990, 1992-94
9 Programs - Special Concerts, 1975
10 Programs - (SSM) Symphony Orchestra, 1978, 1986-89, 1991-95, 1997-98
11 Programs - (SSM) Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, 1968, 1978, 1986-87, 1989-93, 1995-96, 1998
12 Programs - Student Conductors, 1987-88
13 Programs - Syzygy, 1977-78, 1985-86, 1990, 1992, 1995
13 Programs - Woodwinds of Houston, 1959, 1961-64, 1966, 1968-69, 1971, 1974
box folder
8 1 Programs, 1961-69, n.d.
2 Programs, 1970-74
3 Programs, 1975-78, 1980, 1985-86, 1993
4 Hardbound Programs, September 1978 - May 1979
5 Hardbound Programs, September 1979 - May 1980



 

Series VI: Miscellaneous

box
9 Hardhat with label reading "Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Miner-Dederick Constructors, Inc."