Date Range: 1900-[ongoing]; (bulk 1975-[ongoing]).
Size of Collection: 24 linear feet (65 boxes)
Series Description: Record group ART is arranged in thirteen series: A. Office of the Artistic Administrator; B. Guest Artists' Contracts and Riders; C. Civic Orchestra; D. Chicago Symphony Chorus; E. Education Department; F. Chamber Music Program; G. Composer-in-Residence Program; H. Continuing Education; I. Office of Frederick Stock; J. Office of Jean Martinon; K. Office of Sir Georg Solti; L. Other CSO Music Directors.
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Formed in 1977, the Artistic Administration Department is responsible for all aspects of programming. The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the Education Department are also part of the Artistic Administration. The department has inaugurated a number of programs to promote growth, learning, and appreciation of classical music, including the Chamber Music Program, the Composer-In-Residence program, and Continuing Education programs.
Materials in this record group include correspondence, contracts, programs, printed publicity material, photographs, and various awards and certificates. Also included is the correspondence and effects of several music directors—Frederick Stock, Jean Martinon, and Sir Georg Solti—as well as a small collection of correspondence and season planning files from the offices of Irwin Hoffman (Acting Music Director, 1968-1969) and Carlo Maria Giulini (Principal Guest Conductor, 1969-1972).
C. Civic Orchestra of Chicago; 1919-[ongoing]
Since its founding in 1919 by Frederick Stock, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago has prepared pre- professional musicians (including students from Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, University of Chicago, and DePaul University) for positions in orchestras around the world. Among the alumni are many Chicago Symphony Orchestra members who began their careers in the Civic Orchestra. Programs, photographs, brochures, press clippings, and administrative records provide insight into the history of the Civic, while over 800 audio tape recordings of concerts document past performances. The records in this series also reflect the emerging role of women and minority players as well as the role of CSO musicians and music directors as teachers and mentors to Civic members.
D. Chicago Symphony Chorus; 1957-[ongoing]
The Chicago Symphony Chorus, founded in 1957 by Margaret Hillis, was the first permanent symphony orchestra chorus in the country. Similar in scope to the Civic Orchestra collection, the Chorus series contains programs, photographs, press clippings, brochures, personnel rosters, and administrative records. Two boxes of biographical materials, photographs, and press clippings document Miss Hillis's role as founder and director. Her career is further documented in the Margaret