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Online Exhibits

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.

The American Bandmaster Association Sousa/Ostwald Award

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.

Connecting the Dots: Henry & Sidney Cowell Writings in the Music Library Association Archives

This online exhibit features archival materials from the records of the Music Library Association (MLA), and presents one of many musicological research possibilities in the collection. The documents and objects featured in this online exhibit are from the MLA's records for Notes, the organization's quarterly journal since 1934. The collection is housed at Special Collections in Performing Arts. The MLA was founded in 1931 and has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades.

Great Pianistic Traditions in the IPAM Collections

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.

The Recorded History of the UMD Madrigal Singers

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.

Walking to New Orleans: The Wouter Keesing Collection on Fats Domino

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.

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Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8270 Alumni Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1630 USA 

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