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Winston-Salem Civic Music Association Papers

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The Civic Music Association sponsored annual concert series in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The collection includes programs (some autographed), photographs, newspaper clippings, lists of performances, and papers of Association Chairs and other officers.

Biographical and Historical Note

The Civic Music Association of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was founded by Ralph P. Hanes, Sr., in 1930. Over the next 45 years, the CMA brought four to six visiting performers per year to Winston-Salem.

For at least part of its existence, the Winston-Salem CMA contracted with the Civic Concert Service, Inc., which was owned by NBC. The "Civic Music Plan" outlined in a Civic Concert Service brochure states that  "Each Civic Music Association functions on a permanent membership basis.... The artists are selected by the local talent committee immediately after the close of the membership week. At least three concerts are presented each season, and as many more as the local budget permits.... The concerts are completely serviced by Civic Concert Service, Inc. Programs with explanatory notes are furnished for each concert, with descriptive circulars giving the artist's background and record."

Most of the sponsored artists were musicians or musical groups, with a few dance and drama performers. Financial support for these events came from the Association membership. At times there was a one to two year waiting list for membership.

Civic Music Association series performances were important social events, with audience members in formal evening dress. The performances were held at Reynolds Auditorium, which seats 1900. Performers included Eugene Ormandy, Artur Rubinstein, Isaac Stern, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and Andres Segovia.

The Winston-Salem CMA was disbanded in 1975. By that time Wake Forest University, North Carolina School of the Arts, and other organizations were providing concert series and cultural events for the Winston-Salem area.

Collection Overview

Holdings for the early period of the Winston-Salem CMA (1930s-1950s) consist mainly of programs for CMA concerts and publicity photographs of various artists, some of which are autographed by the artists, and newspaper clippings. There is also a disbound scrapbook covering 1930-1940, which contains programs, photos, newspaper clippings, and other publicity materials.

Coverage of the later years of the CMA (1960s-1970s) includes publicity brochures, some programs, and newspaper review clippings. The administrative files date mostly from this period, and include correspondence from CMA chairs to members, membership cards, notes on the responsibilities of the Chair and other officers, lists of board members, a complete membership roster for 1973-74, membership drive materials, and manuscript speeches of Beth Hudspeth.

Beth Hudspeth also provided a typed list of performances by season, covering the years 1930/31 to 1955/56 and 1966/67 to 1974/75, and typed notes throughout the collection.

Collection Inventory

  • Administrative files
    • List of performances by season, through and through (1930-1931 1955-1956 1966-1967 1975-1975) Box 1 Folder 1
    • Civic Concert Service brochure Box 1 Folder 2
    • Winston-Salem CMA Board members (1970s?) Box 1 Folder 3
    • Letters to Winston-Salem CMA members and undated (1970-1974) Box 1 Folder 4
    • Winston-Salem CMA membership roster, (1973-1974) Box 1 Folder 5
    • Guidelines for CMA Chairman, (1973-1974) Box 1 Folder 6
    • Workers' instructions for CMA membership drives, and undated (1971?) (1967, 1972, 1973) Box 1 Folder 7
    • CMA membership drive, (1974) Box 1 Folder 8
    • CMA membership cards from Hudspeth family, through (1966-1967 1972-1973) Box 1 Folder 9
    • Newspaper clippings about Winston-Salem CMA, (1970s) Box 1 Folder 10
  • Performance series, by season
    •  (1930-1931)
      • The English Singers of London Box 1 Folder 11
      • John Charles Thomas, Baritone Box 1 Folder 12
      • Guy Maier and Lee Pattison, Recital of Music for Two Pianos Box 1 Folder 13
    •  (1931-1932)
      • Attillio Baggiore, Tenor Box 1 Folder 14
      • The International Singers: Victor Edmunds, Tenor; Erwyn Mutch, Baritone; George Raseley, Tenor; James Davies, Basso; Thomas Griselle, at the Piano Box 1 Folder 15
      • Dusolina Giannini, Soprano Box 1 Folder 16
      • Paul Kochanski, Violinist Box 1 Folder 17
    •  (1932-1933)
      • Richard Crooks, Tenor Box 1 Folder 18
      • Gladys Swarthout, Mezzo-Soprano Box 1 Folder 19
      • Rudolph Ganz, Pianist Box 1 Folder 20
      • Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy, Conductor Box 1 Folder 21
    •  (1933-1934)
      • Nina Koshetz, Soprano Box 1 Folder 22
      • North Carolina Symphony Orchestra; Lamar Stringfield, Conducting; John Powell, Pianist, Guest Artist Box 1 Folder 23
      • Richard Bonelli, Baritone Box 1 Folder 24
      • Ruth Miller Ensemble; Benno Rabonof, Violinist; Frank Chopman, Baritone Box 1 Folder 25
    •  (1934-1935)
      • Rose Bampton, Contralto Box 1 Folder 26
      • Gordon String Quartet; Jacques Gordon, Paul Robyn, David Sackson, Naoum Benditzki Box 1 Folder 27
      • Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy, Conductor Box 1 Folder 28
      • Attilio Baggiore, Tenor Box 1 Folder 29
      • Josef Lhevinne, Pianist Box 1 Folder 30
    •  (1935-1936)
      • John Charles Thomas, Baritone Box 1 Folder 31
      • Vienna Choir Boys Box 1 Folder 32
      • Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy, Conductor Box 1 Folder 33
      • Nini Theilade with Dimitri Romanoff; Assisted by The Whitney Trio: Robert Whitney, Noreen Whitney, Grace Whitney Box 1 Folder 34
    •  (1936-1937)
      • Mischa Levitzki, Pianist Box 1 Folder 35
      • Efrem Zimbalist, Violinist Box 1 Folder 36
      • Elisabeth Rethberg, Soprano Box 1 Folder 37
      • Trudi Schoop and Her Comic Ballet Box 1 Folder 38
      • Lawrence Tibbet, Baritone Box 1 Folder 39
      • National Symphony Orchestra; Hans Kindler, Conductor Box 1 Folder 40
    •  (1937-1938)
      • Cornelia Otis Skinner in her Original Character Sketches Box 1 Folder 41
      • Salzburg Opera Guild (performing Cosi Fan Tutte) Box 1 Folder 42
      • Helen Jepson, Soprano Box 1 Folder 43
      • National Symphony Orchestra; Hans Kindler, Conductor Box 1 Folder 44
      • Richard Crooks, Tenor Box 1 Folder 45
      • Pierre Luboshutz and Genia Nemenoff, Duo-Pianists Box 1 Folder 46
    •  (1938-1939)
      • Josephine Antoine, Coloratura Soprano and Conrad Thibault, Baritone Box 1 Folder 47
      • Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy Box 1 Folder 48
      • Argentinita and her Spanish Ensemble; Antonio Triana, Pilar Lopez, Rogelio Machado, Carlos Montoya Box 1 Folder 49
      • Kirsten Flagstad, Soprano Box 1 Folder 50
      • Artur Rubinstein, Pianist Box 1 Folder 51
    •  (1939-1940)
      • Gladys Swarthout, Mezzo-Soprano Box 1 Folder 52
      • Douglas Beattie, Bass-Baritone Box 1 Folder 53
      • Nathan Milstein, Violinist Box 1 Folder 54
      • Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Box 1 Folder 55
      • Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy Box 1 Folder 56
    •  (1940-1941)
      • Kerstin Thorborg, Contralto Box 1 Folder 57
      • Ezio Pinza, Basso Box 1 Folder 58
      • Erica Morini, Violinist Box 1 Folder 59
      • Alexander Brailowsky, Pianist Box 1 Folder 60
      • Cleveland Orchestra; Artur Rodzinski, Conductor; Rudolph Ringwall, Associate Conductor Box 1 Folder 61
      • Helen Jepson, Soprano Box 1 Folder 62
    •  (1941-1942)
      • Pierre Luboshutz and Genia Nemenoff, Duo-Pianists Box 1 Folder 63
      • Ruth Draper, Character Sketches Box 1 Folder 64
      • Salzedo Concert Ensemble: Carlos Salzedo, Rene LeRoy, Marjorie Call Salzedo, Janos Scholz Box 1 Folder 65
      • Lily Pons, Coloratura Soprano; Frank LaForge, Composer-Pianist; Frank Versaci, Flute Box 1 Folder 66
      • Cleveland Orchestra; Artur Rodzinski, Conductor; Rudolph Ringwall, Associate Conductor Box 1 Folder 67
    •  (1942-1943)
      • Alexander Borovsky, Pianist Box 1 Folder 68
      • Felix Knight, Tenor Box 1 Folder 69
      • Philadelphia Opera Company in The Bat (Die Fledermaus) Box 1 Folder 70
      • Cleveland Orchestra; Vladimir Golschmann, Conductor Box 1 Folder 71
    •  (1943-1944)
      • Claudio Arrau, Pianist Box 1 Folder 72
      • Susanne Fisher, Soprano and Roland Gundry, Violinist Box 1 Folder 73
      • North Carolina Symphony Orchestra; Benjamin Swalin, Conductor; Soloist Paul Stassevitch, Pianist Box 1 Folder 74
      • Philadelphia Opera Company in Carmen Box 1 Folder 75
      • Cleveland Orchestra; Frank Black, Guest Conductor; Rudolph Ringwall, Associate Conductor Box 1 Folder 76
      • Jan Peerce, Tenor Box 1 Folder 77
    •  (1944-1945)
      • Thomas L. Thomas, Baritone Box 1 Folder 78
      • Patrice Munsel, Coloratura Soprano Box 1 Folder 79
      • Simon Barere, Pianist Box 1 Folder 80
      • New York City Opera Company in Gypsy Baron Box 1 Folder 81
      • Joseph Szigeti, Violinist Box 1 Folder 82
      • Cleveland Orchestra; Erich Leinsdorf, Conductor; Rudolph Ringwall, Associate Conductor Box 1 Folder 83
    •  (1945-1946)
      • Leonard Warren, Garitone Box 1 Folder 84
      • Alicia Markova, Anton Dolin, and their Ensemble, Featuring Ana Ricarda and Albio Kava, in Classic and Romantic Gems from Famous Ballets Box 1 Folder 85
      • American Ballad Singers; Ensemble trained and progam arranged by Elie Siegmeister Box 1 Folder 86
      • Helen Traubel, Dramatic Soprano Box 1 Folder 87
      • Cleveland Orchestra; Erich Leinsdorf, Conductor; Rudolph Ringwall, Associate Conductor Box 1 Folder 88
      • Pierre Luboshutz and Genia Nemenoff, Duo-Pianists Box 1 Folder 89
    •  (1946-1947)
      • National Male Quartet: Attilio Baggiore, Tenor; Vernon Sanders, Baritone; Giulio Gari, Tenor; Bruce MacKay, Bass; Walter Hatchek at the piano Box 1 Folder 90
      • Alexander Brailowsky, Pianist Box 1 Folder 91
      • Blanche Thebom, Mezzo-Soprano Box 1 Folder 92
      • Isaac Stern, Violinist Box 1 Folder 93
      • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Eugene Goossens, Conductor Box 1 Folder 94
      • Ezio Pinza, Basso Box 1 Folder 95
    •  (1947-1948)
      • Eleanor Steber, Soprano Box 1 Folder 96
      • Miklos Gafni, Tenor Box 1 Folder 97
      • Poldi Mildner, Pianist Box 1 Folder 98
      • National Symphony Orchestra; Hans Kindler, Conductor Box 1 Folder 99
      • Joseph Schuster, Cellist Box 1 Folder 100
      • Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents Dimitri Mitropoulos, Conductor; Yves Chardon, Associate Conductor Box 1 Folder 101
    •  (1948-1949)
      • Four Piano Ensemble: Sylvia Dickler, Audrey Kooper, Hans Heidemann, Stephen Kovacs Box 1 Folder 102
      • Mimi Benzell, Lyric Coloratura Soprano and Felix Knight, Lyric Tenor Box 1 Folder 103
      • Iva Kitchell, Dance Satirist Box 1 Folder 104
      • Artur Rubinstein, Pianist Box 1 Folder 105
      • Martial Singher, Baritone Box 1 Folder 106
    •  (1949-1950)
      • Ebe Stignani, Mezzo-Soprano Box 1 Folder 107
      • Richard Tucker, Tenor Box 1 Folder 108
      • Joseph Fuchs, Violinist Box 1 Folder 109
      • Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale, Duo-Pianists Box 1 Folder 110
      • Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra; Thor Johnson, Conductor Box 1 Folder 111
      • Robert Shaw Chorale Box 1 Folder 112
    •  (1950-1951)
      • Ballet Theatre; Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith, Directors Box 1 Folder 113
      • Houston Symphony Orchestra; Efrem Kurtz, Conductor; Ania Dorfman, Soloist Box 1 Folder 114
      • National Male Quartet: Attilio Baggirore, Vernon Sanders, Gene Tobin, Bruce MacKay Box 1 Folder 115
      • Eugene Conley, Tenor Box 1 Folder 116
      • Astrid Varnay, Soprano Box 1 Folder 117
      • Nikita Magaloff, Pianist Box 1 Folder 118
    •  (1951-1952)
      • Jerome Hines, Basso Box 1 Folder 119
      • Charles L. Wagner's Production of La Traviata Box 1 Folder 120
      • Leonard Pennario, Pianist Box 1 Folder 121
      • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Paul Paray, Guest Conductor Box 1 Folder 122
      • Patrice Munsel, Coloratura Soprano Box 1 Folder 123
    •  (1952-1953)
      • Gina Bachauer, Pianist Box 1 Folder 124
      • Ballet Theatre; Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith, Directors Box 1 Folder 125
      • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Fabien Sevitzky, Music Director and Conductor; Sidney Foster, Soloist Box 1 Folder 126
      • Jeanne Mitchell, Violinist Box 1 Folder 127
      • Jan Peerce, Tenor Box 1 Folder 128
    •  (1953-1954)
      • Leonard Warren, Baritone Box 1 Folder 129
      • Agnes DeMille Dance Theatre: James Mitchell, Gemze De Lappe, with Lidija Franklin Box 1 Folder 130
      • Vienna String Symphony Collegium Musicum Wien Box 1 Folder 131
      • Hilde Gueden, Soprano Box 1 Folder 132
    •  (1954-1955)
      • Stars of the American Ballet Theatre Box 1 Folder 133
      • Rudolf Serkin, Pianist Box 1 Folder 134
      • William Olvis, Tenor Box 1 Folder 135
      • Andres Segovia, Guitarist Box 1 Folder 136
      • Claramae Turner, Contralto Box 1 Folder 137
      • Cincinnatie Symphony Orchestra; Thor Johnson, Music Director Box 1 Folder 138
    •  (1955-1956)
      • Boris Goldovsky's Opera Theater in Don Pasquale Box 1 Folder 139
      • Iva Kitchell, Dance Satirist Box 1 Folder 140
      • Houston Symphony Orchestra; Efrem Kurtz, Conductor; Ania Dorfman, Soloist Box 1 Folder 141
      • Roberta Peters, Coloratura Soprano Box 1 Folder 142
      • I Musici Box 1 Folder 143
      • Byron Janis, Pianist Box 1 Folder 144
    •  (1970-1975)
      • Houston Symphony Orchestra; Guest Conductor Hans Schwieger; Young Uck Kim, Violin Soloist (18 April 1970) Box 1 Folder 145
      • The Sleeping Beauty by The National Ballet of Washington (24 October 1972) Box 1 Folder 146
      • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Schippers, Music Director, Conducting; Dino Ciani, Pianist (6 February 1973) Box 1 Folder 147
      • Sleuth (6 March 1973) Box 1 Folder 148
      • Two Gentlemen of Verona; Adapted by John Guare and Mel Shapiro (23 October 1973) Box 1 Folder 149
      • Ralph P. Hanes Memorial Recital, Salem College (11 February 1974) Box 1 Folder 150
      • Maria Luisa Faini, Pianist (20 March 1974) Box 1 Folder 151
      • Norwegian National Ballet (5 April 1974) Box 1 Folder 152
      • Soviet Georgian Dancers (29 October 1974) Box 1 Folder 153
      • Undated programs Box 1 Folder 154
        • Elly Ameling
        • Alfred Brendel
        • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
        • Houston Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Barbirolli, Conducting; Evelyn Rothwell, Oboist
        • George London, Baritone
        • Philharmonica Hungarica; Militiades Caridis, Conductor
        • Artur Rubinstein, Pianist
        • Isaac Stern, Violinist
    • Scrapbook (disbound) (1930-1940,)
    • Winston-Salem CMA brochures, through seasons (1967-1968 1974-1975)
  • Scrapbooks (circa 1920s-1950s) Box 2 Box 4 Box 3
    • 4 Scrapbooks (circa 1920s-1950s)

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Civic Music Association (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Title
Winston-Salem Civic Music Association Papers
ID
MS598
Date [inclusive]
1930-1975
Extent
1.0 linear feet
Mixed materials [Box]
4
Mixed materials [Box]
3

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2005
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Custodial History note
Frances Rainey, Executive Secretary of the Winston-Salem CMA 1930-1966, collected the materials for that period. Rachel Lawrence, Executive Secretary 1967-1975, organized and preserved Rainey's materials.  Beth Hudspeth, Prospect Chair 1965-1975 and Membership Chair 1974-1975, collected materials from 1966 to 1975. Hudspeth also reorganized the earlier materials and donated the collection to Wake Forest University in April 1995. 
Preferred Citation
MS 598, Winston-Salem Civic Music Association Papers, 1930-1975, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Civic Music Association (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

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