University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Tina Marsh Music Collection, 1985-2011



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Marsh, Tina
Title: Marsh, Tina Music Collection
Dates: 1985-2011
Abstract: Tina Marsh was the founder and creative director of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, based in Austin, Texas. The Tina Marsh Music Collection consists of promotional materials such as programs, brochures, posters and photos, as well as administrative papers of the Creative Opportunities Orchestra. The collection also includes LPs and CDs from Tina Marsh and the Creative Opportunities Orchestra.
Accession No.: 2016-329
OCLC No.: 978352275
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Tina Marsh was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1954 to a military family and got her start in the 1970s working in musical theater in New York City and Philadelphia. It was in New York that Marsh initially developed an interest in jazz. Marsh later relocated to Austin, Texas, where she began attending jazz concerts at the Armadillo World Headquarters. Soon after, Marsh formed her first group, the New Visions Ensemble, with Alex Coke, Rock Savage, Booka Michel, and Horatio Rodriguez.

In 1980 Marsh and the New Visions Ensemble expanded to form the Creative Opportunity Orchestra (often abbreviated "C02" or "CreOp"). An experimental jazz group and pioneer of the Austin music scene, C02 was known for its experimental approach to jazz, and provided a platform for local artists in the Austin area to perform new compositions. C02 was originally conceived of as a collaborative effort, though over time Marsh came to take on an increasingly managerial role and eventually became creative director. In addition to her work with C02, Marsh recorded five albums under her own name. She was inducted into the Austin Artists Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Marsh had survived breast cancer in the 1990s, but in 2008 the cancer returned. She died in 2009 at the age of 55.


Scope and Contents

The Tina Marsh Music Collection consists of promotional materials such as programs, brochures, posters and photos, as well as administrative records of the Creative Opportunities Orchestra. The collection also includes LPs and CDs from Tina Marsh and the Creative Opportunities Orchestra.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Marsh, Tina -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Creative Opportunity Orchestra
Subjects
Composers--Texas--Austin
Jazz--Texas--Austin
Jazz vocals
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also Tina Marsh Papers located at the Austin History Center in Austin, Texas.


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tina Marsh Music Collection, 1985-2011, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, March 2017.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Papers

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4Q333 Programs, mailings and other promotional materials, 1985-2011
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4Q334 Sheet music, undated
Scripts, undated
Moonstruck trombone, undated
Souvenir hand fans, 1998, 2009
Reviews, 1983-2005
Articles of incorporation and bylaws for Creative Opportunities Orchestra, undated
Assorted papers, 1987-1991



 

LPs

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4za12 Out on the Western Plains - The Leadbelly Legacy Band Plays the Music of Huddie Ledbetter, 1989
Tina Marsh Creative Opportunity Orchestra - Benediction, 1988
(Includes a duplicate empty record sleeve)



 

CDs

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2K103 Tina Marsh and Bob Rodriguez Trio - Out of Time, 2000
Tina Marsh - Inside the Breaking volume I, Pop songs, standards, arias, and Ornette, 2006
The Heaven Line - Tina Marsh & CO2, 1994
CreOp Music presents Circle of Light, 2000
Tina Marsh & CO2 - World Wide, 1998
Out on the Western Plains - The Leadbelly Legacy Band Plays the Music of Huddie Ledbetter, 1999



 

Photos

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3V2.1 Arts in Education Dia de Muertos at Beecher Elementary School, undated
Dia de Muertos, 1999
Assorted photos, 1991-1997
Assorted photos, undated
Assorted transparencies, undated
Assorted negatives, undated
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3S309c Kodalux slides of Tina Marsh, undated
(2 slides)



 

Oversize materials

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3S228 Show posters, 1989-2007
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3So11 Oversize photos, undated