Special Collections

Special collections relevant to the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are held in two libraries within the UC Libraries: 

  • CCM Library Special Collections (read in CCM Library, by appointment)
    • special collections of music scores or sound recordings
    • scrapbooks of CCM alumni
    • rare book resources
    • to access, contact: Head Librarian, Jenny Doctor, email:
  • Archives & Rare Books Library resources (read in ARB Library, by appointment) 
    • archival collections of Cincinnati or CCM musicians
    • archival collections of CCM alumni
    • rare book resources
    • to access, phone: 513-556-1959, email:

Special Collections Relevant to CCM

Some key collections relevant to CCM are listed below. Notable collections are followed by (*).
More special collections may be found through:

This this rare illuminated music manuscript is a 16th-century choirbook containing Gregorian chant handwrittenin neumatic notation on vellum pages with illuminated text capitals.

  • The Spanish Antiphoner is on display in the CCM Library in a case near the library's entrance.
  • The volume consists of 242 pp. of music, bound (approx. 16 by 23.6 inches).
  • UC Libraries online catalog record
  • The volume was donated to the CCM Library by the late Martin G. Dumler, a Cincinnati composer, artist and businessman.

  • This resource is fully digitized in high-resolution images -- see Spanish Antiphoner.

Digitization of the Spanish Antiphoner was made possible by a grant from the Tangeman Sacred Music Center with the assistance of Dr Matthew Peattie, CCM Assistant Professor of Musicology, and Mark Palkovic, former Head of the CCM Library.

This antiphonary, prepared by Johann Heinrich Betzolt for use in the parish church of Patschkau and dated 1682 by the copyist, contains polyphonic Marian antiphons. These bear witness to a late early-modern Catholic musical practice, known since the fifteenth century as the Salve Service, a devotional exercise practiced by confraternities and churches governed by religious orders, including in the conservative Polish city of Paczkow. This manuscript demonstrates a unique late form of Gregorian musical notation, perhaps not seen in other sources, in which the note heads are connected by fine curlicues.

  • The volume consists of 65 leaves of ms. music, bound (43 cm in length).
  • UC Libraries online catalog record; call number: ARB Rare Book Ovsz M2147 XVII P2
  • The volume was donated to the CCM Library by the VanMatre family.
  • For further details, see Daniel Neises, The State of the Liturgical Chant Tradition in the Late Seventeenth Century: a Manuscript Study of a Hymnal from Paczków, Poland. Master of Music Thesis, University of Cincinnati, 2003. (online catalog record; call number:  ARB C.U.152.M03 .N34)
  • Sincere thanks to Emeritus Professor Edward Nowacki for notes on this resource.

Music for brass instruments, primarily brass quintet, collected and maintained by the CCM brass faculty and Brass Studies Dept., and transferred to the CCM Library in June 2020.

  • For information about accessing these materials, contact Dr Jenny Doctor, Head Librarian, CCM Library.

Pietro Floridia’s opera Paoletta was commissioned by the trustees of the 1910 Cincinnati Industrial Exposition, which aimed to commemorate the settlement of the Ohio Valley. The Board of Trustees, all prominent business leaders, wished to call attention not only to the industrial and commercial products of Cincinnati but also to its musical heritage by commissioning a grand opera for presentation during the exposition. This may have been the first instance in the United States that a municipality commissioned an operatic work for the celebration of an historical event.
    The Board selected as the composer Floridia, an Italian-American musician, pianist, and teacher who served on the faculty of the College of Music of Cincinnati after immigrating to the USA. He had been a successful composer of opera and symphonic works in Italy. Floridia chose Paul Jones, a Cincinnati artist and pageant director, to be the librettist. Jones used a sequence of episodes from his unpublished novel, The Sacred Mirror, for the libretto. For the male lead, they secured David Bispham, the foremost American-born vocalist of the time. Bernice de Pasquali, also American-born, sang the title role, Paoletta. The chorus of 140 members were all drawn from the May Festival Chorus. A corps de ballet of fifteen was imported from New York, and the orchestra consisted of 53 members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Expenses were not hindered.
    On the evening of August 29, 1910, the première performance of
Paoletta at Music Hall resulted in the enthusiastic applause of forty-eight curtain calls, acknowledging the members of the cast and the composer-conductor, Pietro Floridia. While the performance was good, the extraordinary number of curtain calls was also an indication of the pride of the local citizenry in the musical grounding of their city.
    The Exposition received national attention, since President William Howard Taft opened the spectacle and former President Theodore Roosevelt stopped by with his daughter, Alice, and son-in-law, Nicholas Longworth, to visit the exposition and attend a performance of the opera. Twenty-nine performances of Paoletta were given, before the final full performance took place at the close of the Exposition on September 24, 1910.


Walter Harris Aiken (1856-1935) was a music teacher and botanist, who was born in Cincinnati. In 1874, he began teaching music in Middletown, OH, and was soon promoted to superintendent of music in the public schools of Hamilton. In 1879, he began teaching in Cincinnati and was elected superintendent of music in the public schools of Cincinnati the following year. During eleven years as superintendent, Aiken greatly advanced the interest of music in Cincinnati and gained a national reputation. Thousands of Cincinnati school children were made acquainted with the principles of music using his system and books. he also taught music at the Teachers College of Cincinnati University. 
    For 35 years, Aiken served as organist and choir leader in local Presbyterian congregations. He was also a successful conductor, leading some of the best-trained singing societies of Cincinnati. Among his books are Part Songs for Mixed Voices, for high schools, and his Short Course in Music, for intermediate schools. He contributed two thousand pages to the Willis Collection of Music, also used in American public schools. 
    An enthusiastic amateur botanist, Aiken served as curator of the Herbarium of the Cincinnati Natural History Society for five years, and later became a curator of the Lloyd Library. He compiled two check lists of Hamilton County plants, one published by the Natural History Society of Cincinnati (1895), and the other by the Lloyd Library (1910).
    In 1888 Aiken married Lucy Bakewell Avery, and they had three children: Gwendolyn Bakewell, Walter Avery, and Victor Audubon. Many members of the Aiken family going back generations were involved with music. The collection of music-related materials held at University of Cincinnati is named for donor Walter Avery Aiken (1891-1952).

Walter A. Aiken materials at University of Cincinnati
The Walter A. Aiken Collection consists primarily of 19th-century vocal tutors and American school and college song books. 

Originally from Linneas, MO, Eleanor Allen was a student at the College of Music of Cincinnati in the 1930s. She was a staff singer at WLW Radio in Cincinnati and later a record producer at the Victor Record Division of RCA in New York City. In the 1950s, Allen returned to the College-Conservatory of Music, working as an administrator, Dean of Women, and Director of the Preparatory Department. She was a member of the Alumni Board of Governors and the Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Sorority. After retiring from CCM in 1980, Allen worked for four years as an assistant to David McLain, Cincinnati Ballet's artistic director. She died in 2003 at the age of 93.

Eleanor Allen Papers
location: ARB Library   collection ID: UA-11-12   ARB finding aid
Papers, including articles, photographs, correspondence, programs, and Allen's own poems, which illustrate her life and work. There is also information about both CCM and the Cincinnati Ballet from the 1940s to the 80s.
quantity: 1.25 linear feet

The Dale Warland Singers commissioned 270 choral works, presented more than 400 concerts, and produced 27 highly acclaimed recordings in the 32 years of its existence. More than 150 notable composers worked with the Dale Warland Singers, including Grammy winners Dominick Argento, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Carol Barnett, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck, Peter Schickele, Alice Parker, Kirke Mechem, Mary Ellen Childs, Augusta Read Thomas, Janika Vandervelde, Bernard Rands, Emma Lou Diemer, Brent Michael Davids, Frank Ferko and Eric Whitacre. The Dale Warland Singers' Choral Venture program encouraged works by emerging composers, awarding commissions to over fifty talented composers.
    In its annual subscription season in the Twin Cities and other performances, the Dale Warland Singers worked under the baton of Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Neville Mariner, Edo de Waart, Hugh Wolff, Bobby McFerrin, David Zinman, Roger Norrington and James Conlon. The choir also collaborated with many Twin Cities organizations including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and the James Sewell Ballet. 
    The Dale Warland Singers toured throughout the United States and abroad. The ensemble appeared on Garrison Keillor's original A Prairie Home Companion radio program and performed regularly on Public Radio International's Saint Paul Sunday. Its annual "Echoes of Christmas" and "Cathedral Classics" broadcasts reached 1.5 million listeners across the United States. 
    In 1992, the Dale Warland Singers became the first recipient of the ASCAP Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for choral excellence. Recognizing its efforts on behalf of composers and new music, the group received ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming in 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1999. Other awards included the prestigious ASCAP Victor Herbert Award (2003), the Distinguished Master Artists Award from the University of South Florida (2004), and the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Vision (2003). Following Warland's decision to retire, the Dale Warland Singers performed their final concert on May 30, 2004.

Eminent American conductor and composer Dale Warland (b. 1932) was influenced at a young age by listening to church choirs and working as a church organist, he enrolled at St Olaf College in Northfield, MN, in 1950. After graduation, he spent two years in the Air Force. He later earned his Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota (1960) and his Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Southern California (1965). He taught choral music at higher education institutions, before his appointment as professor of music and director of choral activities at Macalester College in St Paul, MN (1967-85). News of Warland's exceptional choral conducting skills led to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis asking him to assemble singers for a concert of new music. He gathered a professional mixed chorus of forty community singers to present a concert on June 11, 1972, the first performance by the Dale Warland Singers.

For more details, see Dale Warland Singers Archive website

Dale Warland Singers materials at University of Cincinnati
The performance materials, score & sound recording collections, and archival holdings of the Dale Warland Singers were given to the University of Cincinnati Libraries and the College-Conservatory of Music in 2004.
The materials are now held in four libraries and available for access as described below.

1. College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Library
    scores & sound recordings

  • Dale Warland Singers scores -- held at CCM Library
    (browse the contents of this collection -- 59 music scores)
    Held within the CCM Library circulating collections, these music scores may be browsed (by call number) in the CCM Library's score stacks. 

  • Dale Warland Singers Audio Archive -- held at CCM Library
    (browse the contents of this collection -- 106 commercial sound recordings)
    Held within the CCM Library circulating collections, these commercial sound recordings may be requested (by call number) at the CCM Library Circulation Desk. 

  • For further information about these materials, contact Dr Jenny Doctor, Head Librarian, CCM Library.

2. College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Choral Library
    performance materials

  • Dale Warland Singers Performance Score Library
    • Items in this collection are available for public lending to qualified American choruses.

    • Collection inventory (PDF format)
      • You may search the inventory for composer name, work title, etc. using a text search. 
      • This inventory does not reflect current availability of scores.
    • Borrowing material(s) from the DWS Performance Score Library
      • Borrowing procedures, requirements, fee, and submission instructions are explained on the application form (Word formatPDF format).
      • Submit a copy of the application form for each work requested to
    • For further information about these materials, contact the CCM Choral Library (

3. Digital Collections and Repositories
    digital holdings

  • Dale Warland Singers Concert Program Archive
    • This digital collection holds 317 concert programs of the Dale Warland Singers that have been digitized and are available for viewing or downloading from the University of Cincinnati Digital Resource Commons (DRC).

    • Dale Warland Singers Concert Program Archive 
      Full text and advanced search options available through the DRC.

    • For further information about these materials, contact Dr Jenny Doctor, Head Librarian, CCM Library.

4. Archives and Rare Books (ARB) Library
    archival holdings

  • Dale Warland Singers Records, 1971-2004
    location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-04-06   ARB finding aid
    Dale Warland Singers archival records include correspondence, board minutes, biographical files, performance and repertoire records, grant applications and financial records, publicity and marketing materials, news clippings, reviews, and concert programs.
    dates: 1971-2004
    quantity: 22.5 linear feet 

    The collection is arranged into 14 series by topic.

Series A - Concert Programs
Series B - Marketing Materials
Series C - Record Reviews and Press Release of DWS
Series D - Press Clips of DWS
Series E - DWS Board Meeting Minutes
Series F - DWS Composers Files
Series G - Financial Grants: Jerome Foundation
Series H - McKnight Foundation
Series I - Minnesota State Arts Board
Series J - National Endowment for the Arts
Series K - New Choral Music Program
Series L - Dale Warland Singers Financial Records
Series M - Dale Warland Singers Misc. Office Files
Series N - Awards/Plaques/Recognitions

  • Dale Warland Singers Records, 1973-2005
    location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-09-03   OhioLINK finding aid
    These Dale Warland Singers materials include the following series: bank records (1994-2005), recording and general records (1982-2004), and photographs and slides (1973-2004).
    dates: 1973-2005
    quantity: 6.25 linear feet (7 boxes)
  • For further information about these matierals, contact the Archives and Rare Books Library at or 513-556-1959.

Karin Dayas (1892-1971) was born at Helsinfors, Finland, the daughter of William Humphreys Dayas (1863–1903) an American pianist, pedagogue, and composer. Both her parents were pianists and pupils of Franz Liszt. As a child, she studied at the Weimar Music School in Germany, and her talent was recognized by the Grand Duke of Weimar, who sponsored her early career. At age 14, she won the Liszt prize. Two years later, she was accepted by Carl Friedberg at the Cologne Conservatory, where she became his principal assistant and earned her Diploma as a concert pianist. While still in her teens, she gave concerts in all the major music capitals of Europe.
    In 1932, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner presented her in the American premier of Busoni's hour-long Piano Concerto. In 1935, she was soloist again with the Cincinnati Orchestra, when she was scheduled to perform Liszt's Totentanz ("Dance of Death"). When the orchestra parts failed to arrive she substituted a Beethoven piano concerto on short notice.
    Mme Dayas first taught at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1926. She served on the faculty for 45 years. She was known to have had great influence on her students and colleagues. Among her more notable pupils are Ward Swingle of the Swingle Singers; John White, former director of Pro Musica; and Babette Effron, a former pianist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1964, she received the University's coveted Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for excellence in teaching. She gave her final performance, an all-Beethoven recital, on May 28, 1969 at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.
    She was married to August Söndlin, a violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony.

Karin Dayas Papers
location: ARB Library   collection ID: UA-03-25   ARB finding aid
Papers, including photographs, concert programs, and publications.
dates: 1930-43
quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)

Karin Dayas Papers
location: ARB Library   collection ID: UA-85-04   ARB finding aid
Papers, including news clippings, articles, recital lists, concert programs, and photographs.
dates: 1927-73
quantity: 1.25 linear feet (1 box)

Romeo (piano) and Giancito (voice) Gorno, Cincinnati College of Music, with violinist William Knox performing on WLW radio's first broadcast in March 1922

WLW radio's first broadcast in March 1922, with William Knox (violin), Romeo and Giancito Gorno (piano and voice) of the Cincinnati College of Music, and Powel Crosley, Jr., WLW founder and leading radio manufacturer

Albino Gorno

Albino Gorno

Several members of the Gorno family contributed significantly and for many years to the College of Music of Cincinnati. Albino Gorno (1859-1944), a graduate of the Milan Conservatory in Italy, was hired to teach voice and piano at the College in 1882. He served as a faculty member for 62 years and as Dean for 40 of those years. The Albino Gorno Memorial Library / CCM Library was founded in 1949 in his memory. Albino's two brothers, Romeo and Giacinto, also taught at the College. Romeo taught piano (1894-1932). Giacinto served as a vocal instructor, beginning in 1910. Both Giacinto's wife, Emilia, and their daughter, Adelene "Mimi" Gorno, taught Italian at the College.

Gorno Family Papers
location: ARB Library   collection ID: UA-81-18   ARB finding aid
Papers of Giacinto, Albino and Romeo Gorno, including photographs, scrapbooks, news clippings, correspondence, and concert programs.
dates: 1870-1980
quantity: 2.5 linear feet     

location: ARB Library   collection ID: UA-18-01   ARB finding aid
This collection contains the sheet music and composition books of Martha Hammer. It also contains a script, playbook, and cast list for productions by the Cincinnati Dance Guild and the College of Music.
dates: 1942-45
quantity: 0.4 linear feet      

Leigh Harline (1907-1969) wrote songs for more than 120 films, including for Walt Disney Studios. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Harline attended the University of Utah, studying piano and organ. In 1928, he moved to California and worked in radio in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 1932, he began working for Walt Disney Studios, initially creating music for animated shorts. With Frank Churchill, he wrote the score for Snow White (1937), including the song "Someday my Prince will Come," and received his first Oscar nomination for his work on this film. Harline wrote the music for Pinocchio (1940) and won two Academy Awards: Best Music and Original Score, and Best Song for "When You Wish Upon a Star." Harline left Disney in 1941, but continued to freelance for several film studios.He compoased arrangements for the Ford Summer Theater radio series (1946) and wrote the Centennial Suite (1946-7) for the Utah's Centennial. 

Leigh Harline papers
location: ARB Library   collection ID: US-86-22   ARB finding aid
This significant collection consists of music scores composed by Leigh Harline, and some recordings of his works. The film scores include, notably, the score for Disney's Pinocchio (1940), as well as scores for various other films and television shows. The collection includes Harline's radio score arrangements for the Ford Summer Theater (1946), the Centennial Suite (1946-7) for Utah's Centennial, and music for the play, Sancho Panza (1965). The collection contains bound short scores for films, but many scores are rough drafts on loose paper. 
dates: 1938-1968
quantity: 36.17 linear feet (37 boxes)

The collection is arranged into 9 series by material type and format.

I. Conductor's Short Scores for Films
II. Music for the film Pinocchio
III. Radio Scores and Serious Compositions
IV. Television Scores
V. Miscellanous and Thematic Ideas and Notes
VI. Unidentifiable scores adn sketches
VII. Songs by Leigh Harline, ms. and published
VIII. Bound short scores for films
IX. Recordings (1937-50)

Everett Burton Helm (1913–1999) was an American composer, musicologist and music critic. Born in Minneapolis, MN, Helm was a graduate of Carleton College (BA 1934) and Harvard University (MA 1936, PhD 1939). Awarded a travel fellowship, in 1936 he went to study in Europe, composition with Gian Carlo Malipiero in Italy and Ralph Vaughan Williams in England, and musicology with Alfred Einstein.
    Helm held a number of teaching positions, including Head of the Music Department at Western College, Oxford, Ohio (1944–46). In 1948 he was appointed Music Officer in the United States Military Government in occupied Germany and was stationed at Stuttgart and Weisbaden. He was then introduced to the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in contemporary classical music and regularly participated in the Darmstadt summer schools over the next decades.
    From 1950 onwards, Helm worked in Germany as a freelance music critic and foreign correspondent for US newspapers, contributing, for example to The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Musical America. His writings are chiefly music reviews but he has also published several monographs, including works on Béla Bartók, Franz Liszt, and Tchaikovsky.
    Helm also worked as broadcaster, writer and composer. In 1951, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned and premiered his First Piano Concerto, the same year his first opera, Adam and Eve, was performed in Wiesbaden. Apart from one brief return to the United States, he lived in Europe for the rest of his life. In 1963 he and his wife settled in Asolo, Italy. They moved to Berlin in 1997.

In addition to the materials held at University of Cincinnati (described below), collections of materials assembled by Helm are held in a number of libraries, including the National Library of Australia, Harvard University Library, and the Lilly Library at Indiana University at Bloomington, which also holds his personal papers.

Everett Helm materials at University of Cincinnati
The materials assembled by Everett Helm held at University of Cincinnati consist of early- to mid-19th century imprints of music scores, including a number of first editions. The Helm Collection consists primarily of piano music for two and four hands.

  • Helm Collection
    location: ARB Library, Rare Books collection
    Music scores in Helm Collection are fully cataloged and are searchable.
    search UC Libraries online catalog for subject: Helm Collection
    quantity: 408 items 

Tenor Arthur Herndon (1932-3009) enjoyed a distinguished and versatile career that spanned over sixty years. Born into Cincinnati's West End as one of ten siblings, he attended the historical Harriet Beecher Stowe School in his early years and graduated from Hughes High School. His initial music instruction came from participating in church and school choirs, and he was encouraged to study violin and piano at Cincinnati's Cosmopolitan School of Music, the first Black-owned and operated music school in the USA.
    In 1946, Herndon made his début at age 14 at the Cincinnati May Festival, as the Wren in Gabriel Pierne's oratorio St Francis of Assisi conducted by Eugene Goossens. He won a vocal scholarship to Miami University, studying there for two years before joining the army to serve in the Korean War. After receiving an honarable discharge in 1956, he continued his vocal studies at CCM and became the first African American to receive a CCM Bachelor of Music degree (1961).
    Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, he apprenticed at the Rome Opera House under Luigi Ricci and also studied at Berlin's Hochschule für Musik. American opera stages were closed to Herndon as an African American artist in the 1960s, so he sought professional opportunities in Europe. Thomas Schippers invited him to sing at the Spoleto Festival, and Herndon was the first African American to be engaged as the leading tenor at a German opera house, the Stadtstheater in Kassel. He was also contracted at the Bremerhaven Opera.
    In 1971, Herndon returned to America to join the faculty at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. He also taught at Talladega College, Alabama's oldest privately-held historically black liberal arts college, at the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and in the Cincinnati Public Schools. In 1981, Herndon received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from CCM. He served as a vocal instructor at CCM and was an active member of the Mt. Calvary Methodist Church (Milford, Ohio), serving as their Minister of Music in his later years. In 2004, he was honored with a Lift Every Voice Legacy Award from the National Opera Association. 

Arthur Herndon Papers
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-11-02   ARB finding aid
This collection contains personal papers and musical scores collected by tenor Arthur Herndon throughout his career. Scores include works by composer Zenobia Powell Perry and other works that were in Herndon's repertoire as both a singer and a conductor. The collection also contains papers from Herndon's graduate studies at CCM, vocal pedagogy papers, his teaching at Talladega College and Central State University, and papers from his work with Mt Calvary Methodist Church (Milford, Ohio).
dates: 1932-2009
quantity: 1 linear feet 

Ethel Glenn Hier (1889-1981) was an American composer, teacher and pianist, born in Madisonville, Cincinnati. After her freshman year at Ohio Wesleyan University, she transferred to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano with Marcian Thalberg and received a diploma in 1908. In 1911 she returned to the Conservatory, studying piano and attending Edgar Stillman Kelley’s composition classes. In summer 1912, she studied composition with Hugo Kaun in Berlin and later studied with Gian-Francesco Malipiero in Italy. In 1917 in New York, she enrolled at the Institute of Musical Art (which later became The Juilliard School), where she studied theory with Percy Goetschius and composition with Ernest Bloch. She completed her training there in 1923, studying piano with Carl Friedberg. Hier was highly influenced by composers of the Vienna School of music, particularly Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg.
    In 1918, Hier spent the first of many summers at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. In 1928, there were a number of composers there, including
Mrs H. H. A. Beach, Marion Bauer, Mabel Daniels, Mary Howe, Aaron Copland, and Marc Blitzstein. In 1931, Hier was the second woman to receive a Guggenheim fellowship (the first awarded the year before to Ruth Crawford).
    In the 1920s Hier began to explore chamber music, including combining instruments and voices as in Quintet for voice and four instruments. Her output ranges from simple teaching pieces to songs, piano, and larger works requiring performers of professional caliber. In her music, she leavened impressionistic elements with infusions of popular and jazz styles. Among her works were Asolo Bells for orch. (1939), Mountain Preacher, cantata (1941), 2 string quartets, 3 quintets, piano pieces, and songs. Some of these works are now published by the Hildegard Publishing Company.
    Hier’s career was exceptional for her time. She was mainly active as a teacher, composer, and promoter of women in American musical life, first in Cincinnati and then in New York. In 1926 she helped to found the Assn. of American Women Composers. In 1948 she founded the Composers Concerts in New York. 

Ethel Glenn Hier materials at University of Cincinnati
Music manuscripts, sketches, and published scores for 13 works by Ethel Glenn Hier are held at the University of Cincinnati.

  • Manuscripts by Ethel Glenn Hier
    location: ARB Library
    Materials in Heir Collection are not yet catalogued.
    descriptive catalog is available for browsing.
    quantity: 13 titles (each with multiple items) 

Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne (1904-1992) was a prominent Cincinnati pianist. Born in Lima, OH, she began studying piano at the age of 6. She attended the College of Music of Cincinnati, studying with Dr. Albino Gorno. After graduating in 1926, she joined the College of Music piano faculty and began playing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1928, she married CSO violinist Karl Payne, whom she had accompanied during their student years at the college.
    Dorothy went on to receive a Master's in Music from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She became well-known as a performer and as a teacher. In 1935, she founded the Keyboard Club of Cincinnati, and maintained an active role in the group until her death. In 1967 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati.

For further details see Is There a Piano in the House? The Life Story and Thoughts of Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne. Revised and expanded edition by Rebecca Payne Shockley (2018).

"Percy [Grainger] gravitated to the Midwest, and in the 1930s played concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After the war he returned to perform not only with the CSO under Thor Johnson’s baton but with semi-professional chamber music groups in the city. One of his prize students was the fine pianist Dorothy Payne, with whom he sometimes rehearsed his two-piano works. Mrs. Payne was the piano guru of Cincinnati and the doyenne of the city’s amateur music groups Matinee Musicale, which took place at the Netherland Plaza Hotel in the middle of the day, and the Keyboard Club. ... 'I also heard Percy late in life play his 4-hand arrangement of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Mrs. Payne at the Women’s Club in Cincinnati. He must have missed half the notes!' But in earlier performances Rick says he found Percy’s energy and fire larger than life (and his accuracy better)." (Excerpt from "Percy Grainger and the Cincinnati Kids", on Percy Grainger Society website, posted Mon, 17 September 2018).

Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne papers at University of Cincinnati
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-15-02   ARB finding aid
This collection contains accounts of Payne's life and achievements, including correspondence, personal and professional photographs, certificates, recital programs, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. The collection includes items pertaining to Percy Grainger, and to the Keyboard Club of Cincinnati.
dates: 1926-89
quantity: 3.75 linear feet 

The national Saengerbund served as an umbrella group for state and municipal saengerfests throughout the United States and also sponsored a national saengerfest every year that was held in different cities across the country. Charles Schmidt was a prominent Cincinnati businessman from the late 1800s to the initial decades of the 1900s. Active in civic affairs as well as German-American cultural organizations, Schmidt served as the president of the German-American Saengerbund. The Saengerfest Collection was donated by Charles Schmidt’s grandson, Mr. Christian Schmidt of Cincinnati.

Saengerfest Collection
location: ARB Library    collection ID: GA-08-01   ARB finding aid
The collection contains the correspondence of Charles Schmidt, president of the German-American Saengerbund, with other saengerfest committees and officials. Also included are miscellaneous materials, such as pamphlets, newspaper clippings, songsheets, and the constitution of the North American Saengerbunds.
dates: 1924-31
quantity: 1.25 linear feet 

Thomas Schippers (1931-1977) was an American conductor. After graduating from high school at age 13, he attended the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School of Music. At age 20, he conducted performances of Gian Carlo Menotti's operas The Telephone and The Medium on Broadway, and from that time he sustained a world-class career. At 21, he conducted the world première of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors on NBC TV, and that year made his début at the New York City Opera . At 25, he made his début at the Metropolitan Opera.
    Schippers was close to Menotti and Samuel Barber, conducting premières by both composers, including Barber's opera, Antony and Cleopatra (1966, commissioned for the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center). He was the founding maestro when Menotti founded the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Umbria, in 1958, and conducted there regularly. He conducted in most major opera houses of the United States and Europe, including over 300 performances with the Met in New York, and with Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Schippers was a conductor regularly with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and in 1970 was appointed Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After making recordings with the CSO and building the orchestra's international reputation, his career was cut short by his death in 1977.

The Schippers collections at UC Libraries consist of two types of material:

  • Conducting scores 
    Schippers's conducting scores are held in two UC Libraries:

    • music scores without markings (929)
      location: College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Library
      Held within the CCM Library circulating collections, these music scores may be browsed (by call number) in the CCM Library's score stacks.

    • music scores with Schipper's personal markings (621)
      location: Archives and Rare Books (ARB) Library 
      To view any scores with Schippers's personal markings, contact the ARB Library at or (513)-556-1959 to book an appointment.
  • Archival scrapbooks
    Schippers's scrapbooks are held at the ARB Library.

    • Thomas Schippers scrapbooks
      location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-04-10   ARB finding aid
      Ten scrapbooks of materials collected by Thomas Schippers during his career, containing newspaper and magazine clippings, programs, photographs, drawings and photographs of the Festival dei Due Mondi (1961-62), and other ephemera.
      dates: 1951-1972
      quantity: 7 linear feet (10 individually wrapped volumes)

    • Thomas Schippers scrapbooks
      location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-05-10   ARB finding aid
      Scrapbooks organized in chronological order, primarily containing newspaper and magazine clippings documenting Thomas Schippers’s involvement with various musical productions. There is additional ephemera, such as programs, for various events. 
      dates: 1963-1975
      quantity: 2.5 linear feet (3 scrapbooks)

    •  To view any of Thomas Schippers's scrapbooks, contact the ARB Library at or (513)-556-1959 to book an appointment.

    • Additional Schippers's archival material similar to the scrapbooks (programs, newspaper clippings, etc.) held by the ARB Library has not yet been processed and is not available for research. 

Parvin Titus (1896-1973) was a noted organist and choir director in Cincinnati from 1924 until his retirement in the mid-1960s. He began his study of organ and piano while in high school in Roselle Park, NJ. He later studied in New York at the Institute of Musical Art (which later became The Juilliard School). In 1924, he became director of the organ department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. For more than 40 years, he taught at the Conservatory (and then the University of Cincinnati). He was also a church choirmaster, first with Church of the Advent in Walnut Hills, and then for 35 years with Christ Church Cathedral, until his retirement in 1962. He was reknowned for instituting ambitious, large-scale music programming, for instance giving the American première of Marcel Dupré's De Profundis in 1939 at Christ Church. For many years Titus was the official organist of the Cincinnati May Festival and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Parvin Titus materials at University of Cincinnati
The Parvin Titus Collection includes news clippings on organs and organ music, articles (some by Titus), his publicity materials, correspondence, materials from his 25th Anniversary Celebration at Christ Church, as well as his research files on the construction/purchase of several organs for institutions around the city, including Music Hall and CCM. 

  • Parvin Titus Collection
    location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-05-09   ARB finding aid
    The collection is loosely arranged with clippings and articles first, then publicity and correspondence, followed by Christ Church materials, organ research, and lastly some brief information regarding his estate files.
    dates: 1925-1973
    quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)

Wurlitzer Family, an American family of musical-instrument makers and dealers.

Rudolph Wurlitzer (1831-1914) was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1853. Settling in Cincinnati, he dealt in musical instruments, the family business since lute-maker Heinrich Wurlitzer (1595–1656). Unable to fill all his orders by importing instruments from Germany, in 1861 Rudolph founded a factory in Cincinnati that primarily produced band instruments for military use. In 1865 a branch was established in Chicago, and in 1890 the firm was incorporated as the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company. Rudolph served as president (1890–1912) and chairman of the board (1912–14). His three sons followed.

Howard Eugene Wurlitzer (1871-1928) joined the firm in 1889. He became president (1912–27) and chairman (1927–28). Through his efforts, the company expanded in the field of automatic and coin-operated instruments.

Rudolph Henry Wurlitzer (1873-1948) studied violin in Berlin and became interested in violin construction. This led to the establishment of the Wurlitzer Collection of Rare Violins. He was active in the company from 1894 and served as president (1927–32) and chairman (1932–42).

Farny Reginald Wurlitzer (1883-1972) was educated in the art and technique of producing modern musical instruments. He returned to Cincinnati in 1904 and in 1909 moved to North Tonawanda, NY, to head the manufacturing division that was formed after the purchase of DeKleist, manufacturers of barrel organs. He was president (1932–41), chairman (1942–66), and chairman emeritus (1966–72).

The Wurlitzer materials at University of Cincinnati
The Wurlitzer Collection consists of chamber music scores collected by the Wurlitzer family and played in the Wurlitzer home on social occasions.

  • The Wurlitzer Collection
    location: ARB Library, Rare Books collection
    Music scores in The Wurlitzer Collection are not yet cataloged.
    A descriptive catalog (pdf) is available for browsing upon request from the ARB Library. Contact the ARB Library at or (513)-556-1959.
    quantity: 173 chamber music scores 

Mildred Muegel College of Music Diploma
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-14-12   ARB finding aid
The diploma of Mildred Gibson Muegel from the College of Music of Cincinnati and a newsclipping about her recital. The diploma is oversized and is wrapped in paper with the newsclipping.
dates: 1931
quantity: 2 linear feet (1 oversize item)

The College of Music of Cincinnati was founded in 1878 by George Ward Nichols, a Cincinnatian. Renowned musician and conductor Theodore Thomas became the College's music director. Much of his and the College's funding was provided by Reuben Springer, another wealthy Cincinnatian. At first, the College of Music was located in Dexter Hall, a part of Cincinnati's Music Hall. Later, it moved to a permanent location known as the Odeon, eventually consisting of multiple buildings connected to Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine.
       In 1955, facing financial hardship and internal management conflicts, the College of Music merged with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to form the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). CCM became the University of Cincinnati's fourteenth college in 1962.

College of Music of Cincinnati historical records
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-11-19   ARB finding aid
This collection contains commencement bulletins, programs, student rosters, and minutes of executive, financial, and stockholder's committee meetings.
dates: 1878-1967
quantity: 1 linear feet 

College-Conservatory of Music Alumni Association Records
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-09-01   ARB finding aid
Records of the College-Conservatory of Music Alumni Association including meeting minutes, miscellaneous pamphlets and publications of CCM and the alumni association, programs from performances and events, photographs of CCM events, correspondence about alumni events, constitutions of alumni associations, and financial information.
    This collection is arranged in folders according to topic. In addition to Alumni Association papers, folders include miscellaneous concert programs, newspaper clippings, papers related to CCM publications, photographs, a guestbook from MTNA National Convention (1953), and Carl Hahn harmony course notes (1928).
dates: 1888-2000
quantity: 2.5 linear feet 

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Dean Allen Sapp Office files
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-08-02   ARB finding aid
Correspondence, committee records, and budget material of the Dean of the College Conservatory of Music. 
    Arranged into folders by subject matter, with series including: Faculty Senate (1986-89, 1991, 1992, 1993), Public Affairs (1991, 1992), Board of Trustees, Policy and Planning Council, AAUP/UC chapter, Graduate students and programs, Academic and Administrative Councils, Council of Deans, Athletics Committee, Faculty Advisory Group on Development and Alumni Affairs, University Council on General Education, University Library Committee, Rievschl Award
dates: 1986-1992
quantity: 2.25 linear feet

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music programs
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-13-16   ARB finding aid
This collection of programs from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) contains pamphlets for performances at the college and also at other locations, such as churches and the Rohs Street Cafe. Both student and faculty performances are included. Indicated on each pamphlet is the date, time, and people taking part in the performance. The programs are arranged chronologically by date and time and then alphabetically by performers' names.
    Boxes 1: Sept-Dec 2011; 2: Jan-March 2012; 3: March-June 2012; 4: June-Dec 2012; 5: Jan-Aug 2013.
dates: 2011-13
quantity: 2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music publications
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-08-20   ARB finding aid
Publications of the College-Conservatory of Music including calendars of major events, programs, CCM Prep brochures, and the Communique newsletter.
    Arranged by material type, with series: Calendar of Major Events (2007-08), CCM Philharmonia Program (Oct 14, 2008), CCM Musical Theatre 30th Birthday Bash (Oct 12, 1998), CCM Prep Summer Opportunities (2008), Mainstage Season brochures and programs (2006-09), Communique (2007), Sonata Forum (1986-95), Feast of Carols (2008), Miscellaneous performance announcements (2008)
dates: 1986-2008
quantity: 0.5 linear feet 

Showboat Majestic in Ohio River

Showboat Majestic in Ohio River. © Lisa Haitz

1923-45: The Showboat Majestic was built in 1923 and originally owned by Tom Reynolds. He and his family lived and performed on the showboat until World War II.
1945-60: Hiram College and Kent State University leased the Majestic for a summer theatre experience for their students.
1960-65: Indiana University took over the tradition.
1965-67: The Majestic was found to be unsafe and was dry-docked in Jeffersonville, Indiana. 
1967-88: The City of Cincinnati purchased the Showboat Majestic in 1967. After major renovations, the boat was moored at the foot of the Cincinnati Public Landing. The University of Cincinnati leased the showboat as a summer stock theater for its students until 1988.

Showboat Majestic records
location: ARB Library    collection ID: UA-90-26   ARB finding aid
Records of a University of Cincinnati-affiliated summer musical theater organization. Materials include financial records, correspondence, programs, publicity materials, scrapbooks, and photographs. The collection also contains programs and budgets for the University of Cincinnati's Mummer's Guild, which was a theater group on campus, and information on graduate students in UC's theater program.
dates: 1926-1986
quantity: 14.83 linear feet (12 boxes)

In 1958, the Cincinnati Ballet was chartered as the "Cincinnati Civic Ballet". The company held their first auditions in 1963, and the original troupe consisted of 41 dancers. Oleg Sabline served as the first artistic director, and John A. Spain was the first president of the Board of Trustees. The first performance took place at the University of Cincinnati's Wilson Auditorium in March 1964.
    In 1966, the ballet became more closely affiliated with University of Cincinnati (UC) when David McLain, Head of the Dance Division at UC's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), became director of the Cincinnati Ballet Company. This connection with CCM allowed the ballet the use of CCM's facilities for classes and rehearsals and UC's Wilson Auditorium for performances. In 1969, Carmon De Leone became music director. Soon after, the company hired ten salaried dancers. During this time, the company gained national recognition for training dancers in the Lester Horton technique. After McLain's death, Hungarian dancer Ivan Nagy was named artistic director from 1986, and he recruited a number of experienced foreign dancers. During Nagy's tenure, the company’s standard of performance was elevated. When Nagy left, Richard Collins became artistic director (1989-92), followed by Nigel Burgoine (1992-94) and Peter Anastos (1994-96).
    In 1994, the company opened a new facility on Central Parkway at Liberty Street that allowed dance studios, rehearsal space, a training school, and offices to be in the same location. In 1997, Victoria Morgan was named artistic director, one of the first women to lead an American ballet company. In 2008, she was appointed CEO, and Devon Carney became associate artistic director.
    In 2013, Cincinnati Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary, in a decade marked by the company’s expansive growth. In 2021, a multi-million fundraising campaign for the Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in Walnut Hills was completed, and this new, world-class Center for Dance opened, featuring nine studios and iconic architecture. The 2021-22 Season marked Morgan’s 25th and final season with the company. Jodie Gates took up her position as artistic director of Cincinnati Ballet and its Otto M. Budig Academy in August 2022.

More information on the history of the Cincinnati Ballet is available at their website.

Cincinnati Ballet records
location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-14-05   ARB finding aid
This collection spans the history of the ballet company, along with earlier material on dance in the Cincinnati area. Included are: information on Cincinnati Ballet productions including programs, photographs, and production planning; biographical files of many former dancers; material relating to Cincinnati Ballet administration including fundraising, membership, rosters of trustees and officers, advertising and publicity.
dates: 1918-2013 (especially 1964-2012)
quantity: 41 linear feet 

location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-93-18   ARB finding aid
Collection of materials relating to the careers of David McLain and David Blackburn, especially their relationships with the Cincinnati Ballet Company and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The collection includes photographs, scrapbooks, slides, films, programs and other printed material, scores and notes, and records of the Cincinnati Ballet Company.
    Arranged by material type, with series: Notebooks (1973-79), Photographs (1971-75), Printed material (1960-78), Sachs Award (1974), Slides of ballet performances, D.M. Dance Theater - Lindquist Proofs & Photographs (1969), Films (1961-71), Works (1962-67), Ballet scores, notes, printed material, Plans (1980), Slides (1968-73), Photographs, Photo Albums, Scrapbooks, Casting Sheets (1953-84), Scrapbooks (1955-82), Oversize scrapbooks (1971-75)
dates: 1955-1984
quantity: 24 linear feet (20 boxes)

The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) was founded in 1876 by Theodore Presser and sixty-two colleagues in Delaware, Ohio. MTNA's mission is to advance the study and making of music and to support music teachers. It's programs include student competitions, a national composers' commissioning program, conferences, and a professional certification program. The organization is headquartered in Cincinnati.

MTNA records are held in ARB Library, in 4 collections:

location: ARB Library    collection ID: 
US-21-01   ARB finding aid
This collection consists of records of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), including materials related to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and issues of American Music Teachers Magazine.
dates: 1972-2020
quantity: 7.5 linear feet (6 boxes)

location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-92-10   ARB finding aid
This collection includes books of MTNA proceedings, convention records, handbooks, and publications.
dates: 1902-1990
quantity: 7.5 linear feet (6 boxes)

location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-15-05   ARB finding aid
This collection contains records and photographs of the MTNA, including meeting minutes and memos, materials from annual national conventions, student composition contest applications, annual reports, and misc. materials such as guides on management and committees, an undated map, and correspondence.
dates: 1963-2006
quantity: 6.75 linear feet (6 boxes)

location: ARB Library    collection ID: US-14-07   ARB finding aid
This collection includes books of MTNA publications, conference materials, compositions, and financial documents.
dates: 2005-2015
quantity: 3 linear feet