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Music Library Donors and Special Collections


Marta Weeks Wulf and L. Austin Weeks
Marta Weeks Wulf and her late husband, L. Austin Weeks
Philanthropist, Trustee, and patron of the arts Marta Weeks Wulf has a deep and resounding appreciation for education and music, and has dedicated her life to supporting both. With her late husband, L. Austin Weeks, she provided a naming gift to help build the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology Center at the Frost School of Music, which opened in 2005. The lobby of the library is dedicated to Austin's late mother, Una Austin Weeks.

"The quiet but astounding generosity of Marta and Austin Weeks has had a profound influence on the qualitative growth of our School of Music," said Music School Dean William Hipp. "The Weeks' make their gifts without fanfare, yet are deeply committed to supporting our talented and deserving students."

For more information about Marta Weeks Wulf and her late husband, L. Austin Weeks, see her University of Miami donor profile.
Una Austin Weeks
Una Austin WeeksUna Austin Weeks was born in London, England and became a professional concert mezzo-soprano singer. She had elegant charm and personality, and during World War I she gave concerts to entertain the British soldiers in India. Her affinity for music was instilled in her son, Austin, whose love for music remained until his last days. Austin said about his mother:

During World War I, my mother was among those who entertained and gave concerts for British soldiers in India. She was a forerunner in a way for people like Bob Hope and others who entertained out troops in World War II. My mother was blessed with an enormous sense of humor and a powerful mezzo-soprano voice. Her power of projection was such that she could be heard clearly talking in a normal manner across a crowded room at a cocktail party. She left me a love of music and a sense of humor. I dearly loved her - we were the best of friends.

Una met her husband, Lewis Weeks, in India in 1921. They lived abroad for many years because of his work as a geologist, but Una's memories of India were always with her. In her diary she wrote interesting stories about her life there:

Bangalore, January 12, 1921

Tonight we are to dine at the residency. I am told I shall be asked to sing. This rumor that I sing has spread throughout Bangalore. My army friends are very anxious that no one should know I am a professional. They say everyone out here is such a snob that it would go badly for them if it were learned they were having anyone so "low" in their company. That does amuse me.Una Austin Weeks

Wellington, January 24, 1921


The local broken down theatre held a concert last week. It was amusing in its terribleness. After the performance someone asked that I sing. I had no choice and it was very embarrassing because I received a larger encore than had the performers. No one yet knows I am a “low” professional. But I was tickled when I met the general and his wife again. They were admiring my endeavors. Said the general's wife, “Have you never thought of going in for singing professionally?” (trying to pump me of course). Said I, “I have sung a great deal in London, but only for charity.” Such snobbism!

Sambalpur, April 12, 1921

We had four exciting days in Gungpur. Our last shoot It was too wonderful and I am still hearing the roar of rifles in my ears, which blew me from one side of the machau to the other. The Rajah of Gungpur, a young and most amusing boy, sent two cars for us which took us through the jungle to Gungpur. The guest house for officials was simply splendid, the rooms palatial, with view to match, and all day and night in front of our door strutted an armed man with fixed bayonet. We had a most magnificent machau, very large, with thatched roof, actually in the tops of a tree. I was there all day, and very happy to be in the shade, after having ridden a mile and a half on an elephant, a huge beast named Saphyre.

To learn more about Ms. Una Austin Weeks, visit the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library, where additional portraits and journal entries are displayed in the Una Austin Weeks lobby.  
The Camner Family Music Collection

University of Miami Trustee Alfred Camner, his wife, Anne Camner, and their four children, all of whom are UM alumni, have made a donation to the University of rare and valuable scores composed by musical giants—from Beethoven to Gershwin—that were printed and bound during the composers’ lives.

Alfred (J.D. ’69) and Anne (J.D. ’72), along with children Danielle Camner Lindholm (J.D. ’95), Errin Camner (L.L.M. ’99), Lauren Camner Winter (M.B.A. ’98), and Andrew Camner (B.A. ’09), donated several hundred scores, collectively forming the Camner Family Music Collection, to the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology Center at the Frost School of Music, where it will be available to UM students, researchers, and the public.

“It is our family’s desire that this collection of first and early printed music editions form the true start to creating an extraordinary musicological resource, unmatched by modern editions,” said Alfred Camner, who, with his wife, also endowed UM’s Camner Center for Academic Resources.

The collection features historical works spanning three centuries and with origins in many parts of the world. Collection materials include rare lithography-printed and leather-bound editions of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Alceste (1767), Georges Bizet’s Carmen (1875), and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913), among many others published between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Shelton Berg, dean of the Frost School, called the gift a “transformative” resource for members of the Frost School and beyond. “When we look at a recently published score of a musical work from 100 years ago or more, we are seeing the music as something ‘from the past,’” Berg said. “Conversely, when a student performer or researcher examines an original edition score, with the marginal notations, the music is suddenly ‘in the present.’ They are experiencing it in the time of its creation. It’s hard to describe the exhilaration that produces.”

The Camner Collection arrives as the University is preparing to carry out new initiatives supporting educational innovation and encouraging new pedagogical approaches in the classroom. Frank Cooper, research professor emeritus at the Frost School, said this timing is important. “In an age where electronic media have taken over, there are no research materials to compare to original objects, in this case, printed scores from the times of the composers themselves. How invaluable for researchers today and for many generations to come.”

In details such as marginal notations, Camner said, the collection reveals how scores were studied and used in practice, in concerts, and in opera houses through time. Additionally, notes may point to how the music has evolved. “There is no substitute for the feeling a scholar or music student gets from handling a score that might have been used by Beethoven or Verdi or Puccini or Stravinsky, scores published in their lifetimes, edited by them, and often later corrected or changed,” Camner said. “These first and early editions are the closest we get to a sense of the time and place and world of the composer, a time when the composers often depended on the sales of these scores for their livelihoods.”

Nancy Zavac, who heads the Weeks Music Library, said that the Camner Collection brings a new level of research prestige to the library, which houses a wide range of musicology resources, including modern books, journals, and recordings, as well as unique and distinctive materials. “All music librarians are eager to have treasures in their collections. The Camner Collection is such a thing. It is exciting for me and my staff to care for, and greatly enhances our holdings.”

Dean of Libraries Charles Eckman expressed deep gratitude to the Camner Family for donating this important collection. “Miami is notable for the presence of several individual collectors of rare and unique cultural and bibliographic treasures,” he said. “The Camner Family is to be commended for their appreciation of the scholarly and teaching value of this private collection, and we celebrate their generosity of spirit in enabling the exposure and application this collection will have at the University of Miami for current and future generations of researchers and students.”

The Frank Cooper Facsimile Collection
Professor Frank Cooper
Known and admired for his ability to communicate the pleasures of any subject in the arts to his hearers, Frank Cooper is Research Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Miami. Eighteen seasons of twice-yearly special courses in Musical Experiences for Adults have set a record for drawing repeat registrants in Miami. The Frost School of Music’s new building (under construction) will contain a teaching studio and classroom each bearing his name. A fund has been established to be known as “The Frank Cooper Distinguished Musicology Lecture Series.”

Professor Cooper is lecturer-in-residence for the Miami International Festival of Discovery. For more than a decade, his concert introductions for the Coral Gables Mainly Mozart Festival awere annual occurrences, as were his lectures for the Von Liebig Art Centre in Naples (23 seasons) and Naples Philharmonic (5 seasons). Other South Florida venues which have featured Prof. Cooper include the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Dade County Center for the Fine Arts (now the Miami Art Museum), Bass Museum of Art, Lowe Art Museum, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Arscht Center for the Performing Arts (Cleveland Orchestra in Miami) and the New World Symphony.

Called by the Miami Herald “South Florida’s cultural maven” and “a Renaissance man,” Prof. Cooper has lectured in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, Indiana University, MacMaster University (Ontario), SUNY Purchase, and the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and appeared on National Public Radio, the CBC (Toronto), the BBC (London) and Radio Nederlands (Hilversum). Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Van Cliburn Foundation, Ford Centre (Toronto), Rialto Centre (Atlanta), TIME/LIFE, Arabesque Records, RCA Victor, Audiofon Records and the International Piano Archives have commissioned annotations from Prof. Cooper, who is the author of more than seventy published articles about music. He is the recipient of honors from the State of Gelderland (Netherlands), the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

(bio excerpt from https://piano.frost.miami.edu/frost-chopin-academy/guest-artists-and-faculty/frank-cooper/index.html)
The Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive
Larry Taylor
Larry Taylor was born in Akron Ohio in 1946. He grew up in Anaheim, California then moved to New York City in 1966. In his early career he was a singer, touring with Dorothy Collins, Gig Young and others, and he was one of Judy Garlands’ back-up singers during her last New York appearance.

Mr. Taylor was printing coordinator and office manager for the Chelsea Music Service, Inc. In his position he handled the music for such popular shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables and many others. He also served as music librarian for such artists as Liza Minelli, Chita Rivera, Dolly Dawn and Roberta Peters. He died in March 1991.
Billy Matthews
Billy Matthews was born in Austin, Texas in 1920. While a student at the University of Texas he was associated with several musical comedy productions. He graduated with a Bachelor of fine Arts degree in 1942. In 1946 Mr. Matthews produced and directed historical pageants for the Texas and New Mexico State Centennial Committees.

His long and successful experience as a director and production stage manager since then includes work with Broadway and National companies, and with a broad range of university, stock and dinner theaters. A highlight of his career was his production of "Oklahoma" for the White House during Lyndon Johnson's presidency. He died in January 1997.
Terry Miller
Terry Miller, a resident of Greenwich Village, had an eclectic career as a writer, photographer, collector, researcher and historian. He majored in theater at Boston University, and later contributed articles on the theater to newspapers, magazines and encyclopedias. He collected so many LP recordings, tapes, scores, scripts and playbills that his collection filled 98 cartons.

The family of Mr. Miller donated his musical theater collection to the University of Miami after his death in 1995 at age 47.
The Alba Rosa Viëtor Archive
Alba Rosa Viëtor
Alba Rosa Viëtor (1889-1979) was a distinguished concert violinist, dedicated teacher, and accomplished composer. Born and raised in Italy, Viëtor demonstrated an innate musical talent at a young age. When she was eight, it was discovered that she had “perfect pitch,” and on that basis she was awarded a scholarship at the Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan. She continued to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where she received her advanced degree in 1905.

Alba Rosa wrote a vast amount of music for orchestras, ensembles, single instruments and voice, and many of her compositions were performed professionally by such notable ensembles as the National Gallery of Art Symphony Orchestra and The Frost Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Viëtor held teaching positions at the Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, the Masters Institute of United Arts in New York, and the Columbia School of Music in Washington, D.C. One of her best known works, Primavera Lombarda (Springtime in Lombardy), received its south Florida premiere at Festival Miami 2003 at the University of Miami.

More information on Mrs. Alba Rosa Viëtor and the Alba Rosa Viëtor foundation can be found by visiting www.albarosavietor.com.
Hendrik Viëtor
Dr. Lucas Drew
St. Francis Music Publications
In 2001, Dr. Lucas Drew and Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup established St. Francis Music Publications ("a glimpse into the mind of the composer, our noble link to the world of music"). Since its inception, more than 100 works have been published for double bass, chamber music, string ensembles, harp solo, and other instrumentations. Copies can be found in the Weeks Music Library. Several works of Arnold Volpe, founder of the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra, are included. For the complete catalog and bio, visit www.stfrancismusic.com.
The Frederick Zimmermann Memorial Series of Double Bass Music
Dating from the 1970s, The Frederick Zimmermann Memorial Series of Double Bass Music comprises some of the first works published by the University of Miami Music Publications (founding editor Dr. Alfred Reed). These publications were initiated by a gift from Dorothy Zimmermann, widow of Frederick Zimmermann, who during his distinguished career was Assistant Principal Double Bass of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, a faculty member at Juilliard School of Music, and one of the leading pedagogues and editors of double bass music of his generation. The collection consists of editions of American and European music and includes solos, etudes, methods, and pedagogical materials.
The International Archive of Double Bass Recordings
The International Archive of Double Bass Recordings was established in 1997 by a gift from Alumni of the University, Paula and David Bonner. The collection of CDs, DVDs, and LPs is designed to assist students and professionals in their study of performing artists and the repertoire of the double bass. Dr. Lucas Drew and Brian Powell, current Professor of Double Bass, serve as advisors for the Archive. Visit the International Archive of Double Bass Recordings.
The Lucas Drew Collection of Double Bass Music
The Lucas Drew Collection of Double Bass Music was donated in 2010. The collection includes approximately 175 works from many authors, as well as selected memorabilia concerning the bass. Other publications of Dr. Drew from Kalmus, Belwin/Mills, G. Schirmer, Carl Fischer, Schott, and others are also in circulation in the Weeks Music Library. The collection also includes Frost School of Music related archives which partially document the increased national prominence of the double bass.

In general, during the second half of the 20th century, bass performance and pedagogy improved and achieved a level similar to the other bowed string instruments. UM bass students are contributing to the music profession in such roles as performers, teachers, administrators, composers, and conductors.
Korn Family Music Collection
Bernard J. Korn, MD, was a successful physician and amateur violinist who enjoyed performing string quartet music throughout his life. His love of string music is evident in the collection of string music he carefully curated and indexed. To honor the late Dr. Korn, his daughters, Jacqueline Banchik and Robyn Altman, donated this collection to the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library in 2010.

The Korn Family Music Collection contains hundreds of mint-condition and rare printed music editions of string chamber and orchestral music (primarily music for string quartet), as well as a large number of high-quality CD recordings featuring notable artists such as Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, the Mannheim String Quartet, and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

The Korn Family Music Collection is housed in Weeks Music Library.
The Roger Gross Collection on Singers and Opera
 The Roger Gross Collection is a collection of materials relating to the world of singers and opera, which was acquired by the Weeks Music Library in 2014, after the death of Roger Gross.

Gross (1938-2013) was an antiquarian who specialized in musical manuscripts and opera memorabilia and who was considered unmatched in his knowledge and love of opera. The collection was his personal library and is a major resource for those interested in singers, vocal performance, and opera and theater generally.

The Gross Collection consists of approximately 2,000 volumes and is available at Weeks (a majority of the volumes are circulating, some are on reserved access).

 With an emphasis on historical operatic materials, the collection includes books about opera, biographies of singers, libretti, concert programs, journals, theater yearbooks, and histories of theaters around the world. Additionally, there are books on architecture, drama, dance, costume design, and staging.

The collection includes some rare nineteenth-century volumes and books in a variety of languages; it is particularly strong on the Greek-American soprano Maria Callas. The majority of items are housed on the second floor of Weeks, at call numbers ML385-ML429 and ML1700-ML1751; those outside the music subject area are housed in the second floor reference section, at call numbers CT200-Z999. Summary produced by students in Professor Karen Henson's course "Singers and Opera Performance from Handel to 'Live-in-HD'" (MCY594-S).
Dr Lee Kjelson
Dr. Lee Kjelson
Dr. Lee Kjelson, Professor Emeritus, was recruited to run the University of Miami’s Music Education program in 1967. He founded the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami in 1970 and for more than twenty years led the Chorale to be Miami's most prestigious University-Community choral ensemble. He retired in 1993 as both the artistic director of the nationally renowned Chorale and as a longtime professor and chair of the Choral Studies Department at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

While at the University, Dr. Kjelson donated many choral scores to the Weeks Music Library. At the Civic Chorale’s annual “Messiah Sing-In” he would ask the singers to make a donation which was then given to the Music Library to purchase new scores and CDs of choral music.
Dr. John Bitter Collection
Dr. John Bitter served as the Dean of the School of Music at the University of Miami from 1950-1963. The collection contains materials documenting Bitter's career as a conductor and composer. The collection includes sheet music for several compositions by Bitter, as well as publications about the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and a 1953 photograph of the University of Miami Orchestra at the Miami Beach Auditorium. Also included are numerous programs from the 1940s-1960s, including ones from the UM Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Miami Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

The Dr. John Bitter Collection is housed at the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections.
Richard Dering's Cantica Sacra
The David Ewen Collection
Mexican Colonial Music Manuscript Treaty (treatise)
Manuel Ochoa Papers
These papers document the professional activities of Manuel Ochoa, Cuban exile musician and choral and orchestra conductor who founded the Miami Symphony Orchestra.  The materials consist of correspondence, published and unpublished musical scores, photographs, concert programs and pamphlets, clippings, writings about classical music, minutes of the meetings, concert papers, memorabilia, diplomas, magazines, scrapbooks and working papers of Miami Symphony Orchestra.

The Manuel Ochoa Papers is housed at the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection.
Aldemaro Romero Archive
The Aldemaro Romero Archive comprises the artistic and intellectual production of the Venezuelan composer from 1945 to his death in 2007. His collection is divided in two sections: concert music and popular music. Aldemaro Romero's concert collection consists of one hundred original manuscripts and copies of scores and includes works for symphonic orchestra, chorus and orchestra, solo concerts for wind and string instruments with orchestra, and chamber music. The popular music collection contains 126 songs and 31 instrumental works (vol. 1 and vol. 20), manuscripts, copies of the lead sheets and/or lyrics, and recordings.

The musical scores from the concert portion of the Archive have been digitized and are available through the University of Miami Libraries Digital Collections site. The Aldemaro Romero Archive is housed in the Special Collections department of Richter Library.
Ramón S. Sabat (Panart) Collection

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