Hillis Collection, which forms part of the Special Collections group. More recent materials pertain to the tenure of current chorus director Duain Wolfe.
E. Education Department; 1920-[ongoing]; bulk 1967- [ongoing]
Education and outreach by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through Young People's Concerts began under Theodore Thomas in 1900 and was expanded by Frederick Stock in 1919 to include the first continuous series by an American orchestra of children's concerts designed specifically for school children. Youth Auditions, begun in 1920 under Stock's tenure, provided an opportunity for many local music students to perform with the Orchestra over the years, and were an important boost to the careers of many soloists, including Herbie Hancock and Walter Liberace. A department devoted primarily to education was formed in 1967 and designated Special Services to reflect the inclusion of special projects and liaison work with the CSO's volunteer office. The department continued the management of the Youth Auditions and Youth Concerts and organized programs both at Orchestra Hall and in the community. In 1988 a further expansion of programming and outreach led to the formation of an Education Department.
This series contains the subject files of the Administrator/Director of Educational Programs; newsletters produced by the Special Services Department; programs and planning files for the various education concert series; photographs and publicity for concerts and events; and teaching guides and other materials given to educators to familiarize students with classical music and enhance their concert experience. A number of videos produced by and for the department are also included in the A-V record group.
G. Composer-in-Residence Program; 1987-[ongoing]
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been involved with the Composer-in-Residence program since 1987 when John Corigliano assumed the position. Subsequent composers-in-residence include Shulamit Ran (1990-1997) and Augusta Read Thomas (1997- ). Administrative files contain correspondence between Artistic Department personnel and the composer(s)-in-residence on various topics including commissions as well as special initiatives, such as John Corigliano's Young Composers Project. Also included are publicity materials, photographs, and several recordings and videos.
I. Office of Frederick Stock; 1900-1942 (1 box)
Frederick Stock, music director from 1905 until 1942, founded the Civic Orchestra as well as Youth Auditions and the Children's Concerts series. He was a prolific composer and arranger, and over one hundred of his manuscripts form part of the Frederick Stock series within the Music record group. Stock also was an ardent proponent of American music, and programmed an unprecedented number of works by American composers on CSO concerts. Unfortunately, little of his correspondence is extant.
Included in this series is correspondence with John Alden Carpenter, Mary Garden, Reinhold Glière, Daniel Gregory Mason, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Additionally, there are several folders containing condolences sent after Stock's death, documents concerning his naturalization problems during World War I, and correspondence concerning the disposition of his music library. Related collections are held by the Newberry Library and the University of Michigan.