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NUB 18-16: University of Nevada. Summer Session. 1st Annual Western States' Fred Waring Music Workshop Records, 1966-68

Biographical Information

Fredrick Malcolm Waring was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 1900 to Jesse Calderwood and Frank Waring. He was a popular musician, band leader, and radio-television personality, sometimes referred to as "America's Singing Master" and "The Man Who Taught America How to Sing." While a teenager, he and his brother founded the Waring-McClintock Snap Orchestra, which evolved into Fred Waring's Banjo Orchestra. His Banjo Orchestra eventually became so successful that he left school to tour with the band, which eventually became known as Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. From 1923 until late 1932, "Waring's Pennsylvanians" were among Victor Records' best-selling bands.

In 1947, Waring organized the Fred Waring Choral Workshop at his Pennsylvania headquarters in Shawnee-on-the Delaware. At these sessions, talented musicians learned to sing with precision, sensitivity and enthusiasm. When these vocalists returned home and shared what they had learned with fellow musicians, Waring's approach to choral singing spread throughout the nation. The first Fred Waring Music Workshop in the western United States was held in June of 1968 as part of the University of Nevada's Summer Session curriculum. Waring taught and supervised these summer workshops for 37 years, until his death on July 29, 1984.

Scope and Content

The First Annual Western States' Fred Waring Music Workshop records consist of three folders of correspondence, promotional material, and newspaper clippings. Photographs were transferred to the University Archives Photograph Collection UNRA-P1494.

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Processed by: Betty J. Glass

Date: March 26, 2012

NUB 18/16: 1st Annual Western States' Fred Waring Music Workshop Records

The 1st Annual Western States' Fred Waring Music Workshop records have been divided into the following series:

I. Correspondence

II. Workshop Brochures

III. Marketing Material & Newspaper Clippings

Box 1

NUB 18/16 Series I. Correspondence. 1 folder

This series contains letters about preparations for the Fred Waring Music Workshop scheduled for June 16-21, 1968, at the University of Nevada, as one of its Summer Session classes (February - November, 1968)

I. Correspondence (February - November 1968).

NUB 18/16 Series II. Workshop Brochures. 1 folder

This series contains Fred Waring Music Workshop brochures (1966-1968).

II/1 Fred Waring Music Workshop. Resident Faculty for 1966, with a cover memo..

II/2 Fred Waring Music Workshop (Lake Junaluska, NC; Summer 1967)

II/3 The Fred Waring Choral Workshop (Indiana University; June 25-30, 1967).

II/4 The Fred Waring Music Workshop (1968 Season). Two brochures.

II/5 1st Annual Western States' Fred Waring Music Workshop (University of Nevada; 1968). 3 copies

NUB 18/16 Series III. Marketing Material and Newspaper Clippings. 1 folder

III/1 University of Nevada press release (2-28-1968)

III/2 University Staff Newsletter clipping about the Summer Session workshop (March 5, 1968)

III/3 Flash! The Fred Waring Workshop flyer (2 copies)

III/4 Newspaper clippings (Sagebrush, March 5, 1968; 5 undated clippings).