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New Jersey Music Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MG NJ Music-(Main)

Scope and Contents

Box #1: Essex County Symphony Society (programs and Symphony Magazines, 1936-47); "Contextual Connections," A Celebration of the Expansion and Renovation of the John Cotton Dana Library and the Opening of a New Facility for The Institute of Jazz Studies (1994, program); Orchestra (The Irvington Symphony Orchestra, program, 1984; New Jersey Youth Symphony, 1982; South Orange Community Orchestra, Annual Spring Concert, 1966; The Nutley Symphony Orchestra, 1958 and 82), N.J. Opera (Essex County Opera Co., 1938-39; "Olympic Park Opera House," 1916-18, programs; N.J. Civic Opera Co., 1968), Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown in a Concert of Negro Music (1926), "The Meadowbrook presents the Sound of Music" (program, 1978), New Jersey Pops (1982, program), Ocean Grove Auditorium (Summer School of Theology, Oratorio of the Messiah, 1895, program), The Music Study Club of Newark and the Oranges (Benefit recital, 1962), New Jersey State Teachers College at Montclair (Recital of Piano Duets, 1969), The Berkeley Trio (1958, program), Kenneth Amada (pianist, 1954 and 58, program), The Musicians Club of Belleville (1953), programs from Griffith Auditorium and Lauter Recital Hall, The Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (presents The Budapest String Quartet, 1944, Fuld Hall), "American Guild of Organists United States and Canada Metropolitan N.J. Chapter presents Alexander McCurdy" (1941), National Council of Jewish Women Newark Section (Annual luncheon meeting, 1940, program), Trio Musette (program), The Bach Society of New Jersey (A few questions and answers concerning its work, flyer), Choral Society of Cliffside Park (2nd Annual Concert, 1938, program), The "Y" Concert Series (Josef Hofmann, 1933-34, program; Artur Schnabel, 1935-36, program; Bonnie Burn Sanatorium, 1921, program), Unity Church of Montclair (Unity Concert Course, 1923-24, program), World-Famous Artists' Series (Fuerstman Concerts, 1920, program), Palace Ball Room, Newark (Violin recital by Mischa Elman, 1915, program), The Music Dept. of Montclair High School (School Community Project - Tannhäuser, Samson and Delilah, Gloria, 1982, program), Music Education Association on New Jersey (Musicale and Testimonial Presentation in memoriam to Walter J. Flanigan, June 2, 1941; Annual Auditions, 1965; Application for the Young New Jersey Musicians; Mrs. H.L. Cliburn, Mother of the eminent young pianist, Van Cliburn, 1959; Festival of Contemporary, Music by New Jersey Composers, 1954, program; Student recital, 1953; Young New Jersey Musicians in a Joint Recital, Tigran Afrikian, pianist, and Madeline Jost Pauli, soprano, 1957; Auditions Syllabus, Piano, 1960; Jane and Joan Rosenfeld in a Two Piano Recital, 1945; Miss Gertrude H. Hale, program, 1950; Testimonial Program in honor of Mr. Harry Friedgut, 1943; Spring Concert, Benefit of Red Cross, 1942, program; Original Compositions by M.E.A. Members arranged by Mark Nevin, program; Spring Concert, War Benefit, 1943, program; 5th Annual Concert, 1937, program; The Glissando, the Official Organ of the Music Educator's Association of N.J.; 6th Annual Concert, Benefit for The Music Work of the New Jersey State Commission for the Blind, 1938; Gala Anniversary Concert, 1948, program), Dennis Bines Musical Biography, Nutley Symphony Orchestra (programs, 1979-82), Garden State Arts Center (10th anniversary, 1977; 5th annual Polish Festival, 1976), etc.; Three programs for performances by students of Jessica B. Gardner (Columbia High School, South Orange, 1919; Fielding School Auditorium, South Orange, 1918; Fielding School Auditorium, 1920). Olympic Park Opera House, July 14, 1913 flier

Box #2: Garden State Concerts, Inc. (1958-63), New Jersey Chamber Music Society (1959-67), New Jersey State Opera (brochures, 1977-2002, "On the beach at Long Branch" (sheet music), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (1941-1997, programs), New Jersey Performing Arts Center (2nd anniversary, 1999, brochure), New Jersey Federation Music Clubs (1953-57); "Directory of Orchestras and Allied Arts" (1971-1972) New Jersey Orchestra Association, Directory of Orchestras and cooperating ballet and choral groups (1966); Middlesex County Cultureal Heritage Commission Ramayana at Plainsboro High (2004); New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Palace Ball at Liberty State Park, Garden State Ballet (1988-1989); Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (1993-1994), Opera Festival of NJ Programs, The Mikado (1978, Benjamin Franklin Junior High School), Princeton Singers 10th anniversary (1993-1994), 36th Annual Choir Festival Ocean Grove (1990); "The Hall of the Great Pipe Organ" pamphlet n.d.

Folder, "New Jersey Music Special Collections Files" non-newspaper material removed from Special Collections IF files including programs etc. Topics include Music Associations and various music genres.

Newark-related items can be found in folders labeled as follows:

Box 1:

Folder, "Nwk Music Misc": Mischa Elman program, Palace Ball Room (1915); Fuerstman Concerts, Galli-Curci at Newark Armory program (1920); Old First Presbyterian Church, Lenten Organ Recital, program (1926); Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, music series, Joseph Hoffman concert (1933), Arthur Schnabel (1935); Bach Society of New Jersey, with offices in Newark, program (c. 1940); National Council of Jewish Women Newark Section, meeting at Robert Treat Hotel, flyer (1940); Fuld Hall sponsored by YM-YWHA of Newark, Budapest String Quartet at Fuld Hall, programs (1943, 1944); YM-YWHA,The Berkeley Trio at Clinton Place Junior High School (1958); American Guild of Organists, New Jersey Chapter, Alexander McCurdy at Old First Church (1941) and Virgil Fox at Grace Church, programs (1950); invitation to Opera Ball, 1984; "Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown in a Concert of Negro Music," YMHA Auditorium (1926); Mosque Theatre, Jascha Heifetz program (1935); Mosque Theatre "Gala Anniversary Concert" program (1948); Lauter Recital Hall, the Reisman Trio, program (1955); Griffith Auditorium Programs, Ruth Laurie (1952); and Carl Friedberg Alumni Association benefit "Schumann Program" (1952)

Folder, "Essex County Symphony": programs from stadium concerts and Mosque Theatre concerts (1938-1956). Stadium concerts were sponsored by prominent Newark individuals like Louis Bamberger and held in Newark public school stadiums.

Folder, "Music Education Association": includes programs for events hosted by the Association in Newark at locations including Griffith Auditorium, the Newark Museum, the YMCA, and Arts High School (1937-1966); application and syllabus for auditions in Newark (1957, 1960); "The Glissando" newsletter (1939, vol 5, number 6); and lists of performers at Griffith student, with their instructors (1953)

Loose items in Box 1 include: "Dines Bines Musical Biography," typescript (attended music school in Newark) and flyers for "Contextual Connections," a celebration in honor of expansion and renovation of John Cotton Dana Library and opening of Institute of Jazz Studies (Rutgers Newark 1994)

Box 2:

Folder, "Garden State Concerts, Inc." contains programs for events hosted at the Mosque Theatre (1958-63)

Folder, "Symphony Orchestra" contains programs of performances at Fuld Hall and the Essex House (1941, 1942); invitations to Henry Lewis dinner and "Rhapsody in Blue" gala (undated); "Quarter Notes" newspaper (Feb 1951, Oct 1965); season program, including Newark (1979-1980); and 75th anniversary program, including Newark (1997)

Unlabeled Folder: contains New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Second Anniversary Gala program (1999)

Folder, "New Jersey State Opera": contains Newark Symphony programs (1982-1983); "New Jersey State Opera....the First Fifteen Years," including Newark (1980); Subscription Season program (1981-1982); Gala at Newark Symphony Hall invitation; Annual Fashion Show at Newark Museum invitation (1977); and Eleventh Opening Night at Newark Symphony Hall invitation

Folder, "New Jersey Federation of Music Clubs": contains events programs, mostly at Griffith Auditorium (1953-1955)

Folder, "New Jersey Chamber Music Society": contains brochures and programs for events co-hosted by the Society and the YM-YWHA of Newark or the Jewish Community Center of Essex County, all events at the YM-YWHA Auditorium or Fuld Hall (1946-1967).

Folder from Special Collections on NJ Music / Musicians (news articles were removed to IF files, photos were removed to photo collection).


  • 1915 - 1999

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.


.83 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

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Newark Public Library
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Newark NJ 07102 United States