The following online exhibits are drawn from the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's two special collection repositories, the International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM) and Special Collections in Performing Arts. Visitors can learn not only about these collections and their unique holdings, but also how to interpret such materials for your own research.
As part of the ABA's mission to build the concert band repertoire, the organization has held an annual contest since 1956 for best new composition for band. Now known as the Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Contest, it has encouraged the composition of dozens of important works, many of which have become standards of the concert band repertoire. From this exhibit you can learn about the composers, view samples of the scores, hear recordings, and view other related material.
This exhibit is presented as a series of charts that illustrate a sampling of teacher-to-student connections from several nationalities and schools of pianism. All are represented in the International Piano Archives at Maryland, where pianists and scholars can explore both recorded and written evidence of the elements of great piano playing.
An exhibition of historic recordings available from UMD's Digital Collections and documents from the official records of the Madrigal Singers that illustrate the impressive history of this ensemble, as well as the visionary leadership of Professor Rose Marie Grentzer. In addition to the recordings are select photographs, programs, and newspaper clippings. This exhibit also provides glimpses into the history of the university between 1959 and the early 1970s.
This exhibit is drawn from the Wouter Keesing Collection on Fats Domino and New Orleans R&B. Viewers can learn about the man, the city, and the New Orleans music community through a host of primary sources including recordings, photographs, sheet music, and other documents. You can also learn about the devoted and strategic collecting of Wouter Keesing, resulting in this comprehensive collection on one of popular music's essential artists.