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The Secrest Artists Series was endowed by Marion Secrest in the 1980s. The Secrest Artists Series brings dozens of world-class performers to Wake Forest University. Secrest's endowment allows for students, faculty and staff to attend for these events for free while community members can buy tickets, with much of the normal fee for such artists subsidized by the endowment.

Biographical and Historical Note

Marion Secrest was born in 1906 to a father who was both a physician and a botanist; she was also the first of four children. In 1910, the family moved here from Wisconsin in search of a more temperate climate. Secrest would spend the rest of her 103 years in Winston-Salem, save for the short time she was at the University of Wisconsin, earning degrees in French and English. She made her first sizable donation to Wake Forest University in the late 1980s, endowing the Secrest Artists Series.

The Secrest Artists Series has a long and distinguished history of presenting, to the campus of Wake Forest and to the surrounding community, performing artists of national and international reputation. Considered as education and entertainment of the highest quality, such celebrated performers as Itzhak Perlman, Christopher Parkening, Ravi Shankar, Doc Severinsen and his Big Band, Denyce Graves, and the National Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, have appeared on the Secrest Series. Each event is usually accompanied by a pre-concert talk and/or a residency activity by the artist.

Endowed in 1987 by Marion Secrest, a local performing arts patron, in honor of her deceased husband, Willis Secrest, the future of the series is guaranteed. The mission statement of the series states that the best of the established artists in the performing arts and the most promising of the new will appear without admission charge to the students, faculty, and staff of Wake Forest University. This fact alone distinguishes this series from other college and university performing arts series. It is assumed that attendance at these first class artistic events is part of the cultural education and enhancement of students at Wake Forest University. Tickets are available to the public at modest prices. Performances take place in Brendle Recital Hall, in the Scales Fine Arts Building, or in Wait Chapel.

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Collection Overview

The Secrest Artists Series contains committee agendas, brochures and schedules, budgets, correspondence, letters, newspaper clippings, and several other types of information about the season's programs and the history of the program.

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Collection Inventory

  • Advisory Committee, 1998-2007 Agenda, Discussions / Box 1 Folder 1
  • Artists Series Concerts, 1958-1984 / Box 1 Folder 2
  • Marion Secrest Biographical Information Correspondence, 1986-2013 / Box 1 Folder 3
  • Annual Reports, 1998-2012 / Box 1 Folder 4
  • Attendance Statistics, 1989-2013 / Box 1 Folder 5
  • Brochures/Schedules, 1983-1993 / Box 1 Folder 6
  • Brochures/Schedules, 1994-2009 / Box 1 Folder 7
  • Brochures/Schedules, 2010-2013 / Box 1 Folder 8
  • Budget Information, 1984-1986, n.d. / Box 1 Folder 9
  • Budgets, 1985-1993 / Box 1 Folder 10
  • Budget History, 1996-2000 / Box 1 Folder 11
  • Concert Etiquette / Box 1 Folder 12
  • A Brief History of the Wake Forest University Artists Series, 1983 / Box 2 Folder 1
  • History, 1958-2009 / Box 2 Folder 2
  • General Correspondence / Box 2 Folder 3
  • Letters of Support and Thanks / Box 2 Folder 4
  • Marketing Analysis, 1986 / Box 2 Folder 5
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1990s / Box 2 Folder 6 / Box 2 Folder 7
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1990s-2000s / Box 2 Folder 8
  • OGB / Box 2 Folder 9
  • Overcrowding Issue, 1995 / Box 2 Folder 10
  • Piano repairs, 1987-2005 / Box 2 Folder 11
  • Pocket schedules, 1989-2003 / Box 2 Folder 12
  • Pocket schedules, 2004-2013 / Box 2 Folder 13
  • Prior to school starting / Box 2 Folder 14
  • Publicity / Box 2 Folder 15
  • Season guidelines / Box 2 Folder 16
  • Season Histories and Evaluations / Box 2 Folder 17
  • Season, 2012-2013 / Box 2 Folder 18
  • Signed Images / Box 3 Folder 1
  • Signed Photos and Programs / Box 3 Folder 2
  • Abraham, Inc., 2011 / Box 3 Folder 3
  • Accademia di San Rocco, 2001 / Box 3 Folder 4
  • Ahn Trio, 2002 / Box 3 Folder 5
  • Alan Arkin, 1989 / Box 3 Folder 6
  • Allison Balsom, 2009 / Box 3 Folder 7
  • Aman, 1990 / Box 3 Folder 8
  • Elly Ameling, 1989 / Box 3 Folder 9
  • American Brass, 2003 / Box 3 Folder 10
  • Amsterdam, 1988 / Box 3 Folder 11
  • Anonymous Four, 2000 / Box 3 Folder 12
  • Apollo's Fire, 1994 / Box 3 Folder 13
  • Apollo's Fire, 2000 / Box 3 Folder 14
  • Arcadi Volodos, 2001 / Box 3 Folder 15
  • Aulos with Julianne Baird, 1998 / Box 3 Folder 16
  • Photographs / Box 4 Folder 1
  • Standard Operating Procedures, n.d. / Box 4 Folder 2
  • Standard Operating Procedures / Box 4 Folder 3
  • Strategic Planning, 2007 / Box 4 Folder 4
  • Strategic Planning, 1990s / Box 4 Folder 5
  • Top Ten Reasons / Box 4 Folder 6
  • Wait Chapel Information, n.d. / Box 4 Folder 7
  • WFDD Broadcast Clearance Agreement Form / Box 4 Folder 8
  • Bagby/Beowulf, 2011 / Box 5 Folder 1
  • Baltimore, Consort, 1996 / Box 5 Folder 2
  • Baltimore Symphony, 1989 / Box 5 Folder 3
  • Bang on a Can All Stars, 2000 / Box 5 Folder 4
  • Isabel Bayrakdaman, 2006 / Box 5 Folder 5
  • Beethoven Symposium, 1997 / Box 5 Folder 6
  • Joshua Bell, 2004-2005 / Box 5 Folder 7
  • Philippe Bianconi, 1987 / Box 5 Folder 8
  • Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, 1993 / Box 5 Folder 9
  • Yetim Bronfman, 1985 / Box 5 Folder 10
  • Bruckner Orchestra Linz, 2009 / Box 5 Folder 11
  • Camerata Romeu, 2002 / Box 5 Folder 12
  • Canadian Brass, 1987 / Box 5 Folder 13
  • Chamber Music Society, 1994 / Box 5 Folder 14
  • Chanticleer, 1991 / Box 5 Folder 15
  • Chicago Pro Musica, 1991 / Box 5 Folder 16
  • Claire Bloom, 1999 / Box 5 Folder 17
  • Colorado Quartet, 1988 / Box 5 Folder 18
  • Czech Philharmonic, 1987 / Box 5 Folder 19
  • Daniel and the Lions, 1988 / Box 6 Folder 1
  • Delia DeLarrochia, 1990 / Box 6 Folder 2
  • Doc Severinson, 1998 / Box 6 Folder 3
  • Emerson Quartet, 2006 / Box 6 Folder 4
  • English Concert, 2004 / Box 6 Folder 5
  • Eos Orchestra, 2003 / Box 6 Folder 6
  • Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, 2002 / Box 6 Folder 7
  • David Finckel & Wutlan, 2005 / Box 6 Folder 8
  • Gewandhaus Orchestra, 1986 / Box 6 Folder 9
  • Evelyn Glennie, 2008 / Box 6 Folder 10
  • Ruben Gonzales, 1986 / Box 6 Folder 11
  • Richard Goode, 1995 / Box 6 Folder 12
  • Stephane Grappelli, 1994 / Box 6 Folder 13
  • Denyce Graves, 2001 / Box 6 Folder 14
  • Guarneri String Quartet, 1989 / Box 7 Folder 1
  • Guarneri and Orim Quartets, 1996 / Box 7 Folder 2
  • Nathan Gunn, 2010 / Box 7 Folder 3
  • Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, 2011 / Box 7 Folder 4
  • Marc-André Hamelini, 2006 / Box 7 Folder 5
  • Handel-Haydn Society, 1995 / Box 7 Folder 6
  • Hanover Band, 1997 / Box 7 Folder 7
  • Stefon Harris, 2004 / Box 7 Folder 8
  • Ben Heppner, 5 October, 2002 / Box 7 Folder 9
  • Hesperion XX, 1998 / Box 7 Folder 10
  • Angela Hewitt, 2009 / Box 7 Folder 11
  • I Musici, 2006 / Box 7 Folder 12
  • Imani Winds, 2012 / Box 7 Folder 13
  • Sharon Isbin, 1995 / Box 7 Folder 14
  • Eileen Ivers, 2001 / Box 7 Folder 15
  • Ida and Ani Kavafian, 1991 / Box 7 Folder 16
  • King's Singers, 1986 / Box 7 Folder 17
  • Igor Kipnis, 1992 / Box 7 Folder 18
  • Klezmer Conservatory Band, 1996 / Box 7 Folder 19
  • Kondonassis/Zukerman, 2000 / Box 7 Folder 20
  • Kremerata Baltica, 2010 / Box 7 Folder 21
  • Kronos, 1995 / Box 7 Folder 22
  • L.A. Philharmonic, 1985 / Box 8 Folder 1
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 2010 / Box 8 Folder 2
  • Ruth Laredo, 1993 / Box 8 Folder 3
  • Liverpool Orchestra, 1992 / Box 8 Folder 4
  • Lura Negra Dance Theater, 2009 / Box 8 Folder 5
  • Mandinka Epic, 2000 / Box 8 Folder 6
  • Marcel Marceau, 1988 / Box 8 Folder 7
  • Wynton Marsalis, 1992 / Box 8 Folder 8
  • Masters of Mexican Music, 2004 / Box 8 Folder 9
  • Irvin Mayfield & the NoJo, 2008 / Box 8 Folder 10
  • Brad Mehldau Jazz Trio, 2004 / Box 8 Folder 11
  • Midori, 1990 / Box 8 Folder 12
  • Meredith Monk, 2009 / Box 8 Folder 13
  • Monte Carlo, 1988 / Box 8 Folder 14
  • Moscow Virtuosi, 1993 / Box 8 Folder 15
  • Mozartean Players, 1992 / Box 8 Folder 16
  • Muir String Quartet, 1999 / Box 8 Folder 17
  • Munich Symphony Orchestra, 2011 / Box 8 Folder 18
  • National Symphony Orchestra, 2004 / Box 8 Folder 19
  • Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, 1997 / Box 9 Folder 1
  • New World Symphony, 1991 / Box 9 Folder 2
  • Nexus, 1998 / Box 9 Folder 3
  • Chitose Okashiro, 1998 / Box 9 Folder 4
  • Elmar Oliveira, 1987 / Box 9 Folder 5
  • Orpheus, 1998 / Box 9 Folder 6
  • Orpheus, 1994 / Box 9 Folder 7
  • Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, 1999 / Box 9 Folder 8
  • Anthony and Joseph Paratore, 1995 / Box 9 Folder 9
  • Christopher Parkening/Jubilans Sykes, 2000 / Box 9 Folder 10
  • Pentagon Papers, 2007 / Box 9 Folder 11
  • Itzhak Perlman, 1996 / Box 9 Folder 12
  • Philadelphia Dance Company, 2002 / Box 9 Folder 13
  • Marcel Proust's Paris, 1997 / Box 9 Folder 14
  • Radio Kaboul, 2005 / Box 9 Folder 15
  • Lynn Redgrave, 1994 / Box 9 Folder 16
  • Red Priest, 2003 / Box 9 Folder 17
  • Rose Ensemble, 2009 / Box 9 Folder 18
  • Russian State Symphony Orchestra, 1999 / Box 10 Folder 1
  • Salzburg Marionettes, 2001 / Box 10 Folder 2
  • Sao Paulo Orchestra, 2006 / Box 10 Folder 3
  • Scottish Christmas, 2004 / Box 10 Folder 4
  • Ravi Shankar, 1997 / Box 10 Folder 5
  • Ravi Shankar, 1998 / Box 10 Folder 6
  • Shuffle, Play, Listen, 2011 / Box 10 Folder 7
  • Sousa Band, 1992 / Box 10 Folder 8
  • Janus Starker, 1985 / Box 10 Folder 9
  • Richard Stilwell, 1986 / Box 10 Folder 10
  • St. Lawrence String Quartet, 2003 / Box 10 Folder 11
  • Richard Staltzman/NACO / Box 10 Folder 12
  • Strata, 2013 / Box 10 Folder 13
  • L. Subramanian, 1991 / Box 10 Folder 14
  • Summit Brass, 1991 / Box 10 Folder 15
  • Takacs Quartet, 2000; 2009 / Box 10 Folder 16
  • Kyoko Takezawa, 1987 / Box 10 Folder 17
  • Tallis Scholars, 1990 / Box 10 Folder 18
  • Tallis Scholars, 2009 / Box 10 Folder 19
  • Tamburitzan Performing Ensemble, 1993 / Box 10 Folder 20
  • Theater of Voices, 1996 / Box 10 Folder 21
  • Time for Three, 2007 / Box 10 Folder 22
  • Treemonisha, 2005 / Box 10 Folder 23
  • Tuscan Sun Festival, 2005 / Box 11 Folder 1
  • Ursula Oppens, 1985 / Box 11 Folder 2
  • Jason Vieaux, 2007 / Box 11 Folder 3
  • Vienna Chamber Orchestra, 1999 / Box 11 Folder 4
  • Frederica von Stade, 2002 / Box 11 Folder 5
  • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, 2008 / Box 11 Folder 6
  • Waverly Consort, 1992 / Box 11 Folder 7
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet, 2012 / Box 11 Folder 8
  • Orion Weiss, 2003 / Box 11 Folder 9
  • Mihai Ungureaunu, 1995 / Box 11 Folder 10
  • Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, 1997 / Box 11 Folder 11
  • Paul Winter, 1993 / Box 11 Folder 12
  • Wynton Marsalis, 1992 / Box 11 Folder 13
  • Yin Mei Nomad: The River, 2007 / Box 11 Folder 14
  • 100 Years of Broadway, 2010 / Box 11 Folder 15
  • Additional Programs / Box 11 Folder 16
  • Oversized Scrapbook materials / Box 12
  • Oversized posters / Box 13

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Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Secrest Artists Series
ID
RG16.32
Date [inclusive]
1958-2013
Extent
5.0 linear feet 11 letter boxes, 2 oversized boxes

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2014
Conditions Governing Access Note
Collection is open for research. 
Copyright Statement
The nature of the WFU Z.Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Immediate Source of Acquisition Note
Secrest materials transferred to University Archives in 2013. 
Preferred Citation Note
Secrest Artists Series, RG 16.32, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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Artifacts have been removed from the collection and added to RG14 University Archives Artifact Collection. Artifacts include a black Secrest Artists Series frisbee, 2 Itzhak Perlman pins, and a Joshua Bell magnet.

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