D. Frederick J. Wessels, Manager, 1899-1926
Biography Frederick Wessels (1860-1948) came to the Orchestra as treasurer in 1896, after serving as the Secretary of the Apollo Musical Club for several years. He continued as treasurer of The Orchestral Association after being elected manager in 1899, and held both positions until his retirement in 1926. During his tenure as manager, he and Henry Voegeli, the assistant treasurer of the Association, founded a recital management partnership, Wessels & Voegeli, which they ran with great success from 1912-1925.
Contents (.4 linear feet in 1 box) Wessel's papers include materials concerning German-born music director Frederick Stock and his American naturalization during World War I, as well as subscription records of individuals donating to the Orchestra Hall Building Fund (1903-1910).
E. Henry Voegeli, Assistant Manager and Treasurer, 1905-1926; Manager 1927-1943
Biography A native of Saint Louis, Missouri, Henry Voegeli (1876-1943) attended Colorado State Agricultural College and came to Chicago in 1892. He later served with the first Illinois regiment in the Spanish- American War (1898) before turning towards a career in music. Voegeli worked for the Orchestral Association for forty-three years—first as assistant to Frederick Wessels (1900-1926) and then as manager (1927-1943), a position he held until his death.
Contents (.8 linear feet in 2 boxes) Highlights of Voegeli's papers include correspondence with the composers Arnold Schoenberg, John Alden Carpenter, Alfredo Cassella, Carl Eppert, Reinhold Glière, Zoltán Kodály, Ernest Shelling, and William Walton. Also included is correspondence with various artists and trustees, including Edward L. Ryerson, as well as materials related to the death of Frederick Stock and the disposition of his music library.
Voegeli collaborated on a recital series from 1912 to 1925 with previous Orchestral Association manager Frederick J. Wessels, and founded a Chicago Chamber Music Society (see Special Collections for its corporate minutes). The Chicago Historical Society holds a related collection of Henry Voegeli papers consisting of correspondence from 1909 to 1943, including 65 letters from Frederick Stock.
F. George Kuyper, Manager, 1944-1959
Biography George Kuyper (1899-1987) worked as the personnel director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, served as director of Education at Hampton Institute in Virginia, was a teaching fellow at New York University, and then became an associate manager for the Boston Symphony Orchestra before accepting the position of general manager for the The Orchestral Association in 1944. After leaving the CSO in 1959, he worked for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and as a consultant to the Ford Foundation before retiring to Costa Mesa, California.
Contents (3 linear feet in 7 boxes)