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Music Programs Digital Collection Launched

Vassar College Libraries are pleased to announce the release of a new digital resource, the Music Programs Digital Collection, a collaboration between the George Sherman Dickinson Music Library and the Libraries Digital Initiatives Program, and launched in celebration of Vassar College's sesquicentennial anniversary.

An example of a music program from the digital collection

  One of the oldest continuous collections of concert programs in an academic institution, the Music Programs Digital Collection documents Vassar College Department of Music events from 1866 to the present.  Student and faculty concerts, interdepartmental collaborations, and guest appearances by music scholars, composers, critics, and performers of jazz, world music, and classical music are represented here.  This collection offers glimpses of the history of college level music pedagogy, topics of interest to the institution, contemporary taste in repertoire, and concert programming practice.

In this initial phase of the digital project, over 300 programs from the periods March 1866-June 1887 and October 1953-May 1969 are covered, providing researchers with a comparative view of Vassar events across decades and between two centuries.  Rich data details each performer's status while at Vassar and identifies world premiers, concert series, and the use of special instruments.  Full-text searching is available.  Future project phases hope to include all the programs in the 100 binders that make up the Music Programs Collection.

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