Debbie Smith: The San Francisco Conservatory is automating its catalog (Innovative Interfaces).
Jack Douglas (retired from San Jose State University): He is writing a book about Sir Thomas Beecham.
Mary Kay Duggan: The California Sheet Music Project has received a little more money; the estimated time of completion is November, 1999.
Michael Colby: Fundraising for a performing arts center at UC Davis is underway.
Jason Gibbs: popular songs from the Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection are gradually being processed at San Francisco Public Library.
Nancy Lorimer: Stanford's Technical Services Dept. has implemented Electronic Data Interchange, in which Harrasowitz places order records directly into their system.
Sally Berlowitz: San Francisco State has developed a method for selection of materials from Tower Records and Cody's Bookstore on site.
Judy Tsou: The new Music Library building project is moving forward at UC Berkeley; the old Music Library will be renovated for Music Department use. Judy also mentioned that a IAML group is working to establish a database of all the world's music archives. So far about 20 countries are represented.
Barbara Sawka: Stanford's Green Library, unusable since the '89 quake, will re-open this summer.
Judy Clarence: One of Cal State Hayward's new freshman interdisciplinary General Education cluster, "Great Works of Artistic and Religious Inspiration", has a music component; Judy teaches the one-unit Information Literacy course attached to this cluster.
The Business Meeting included Chapter
Elections. Patricia Elliot Stroh of the
Beethoven Center, San Jose State
University, was elected Chapter Chair.
New Secretary/Treasurer is Judy
Clarence, California State University
Hayward. Mimi Tashiro distributed
copies of the 1991 publication A History
of the Music Library Association in
California prepared by Mimi along with
Danette Cook Adamson. She also
reminded the group that the Freeman
Award applications are due.
Since May 5, 1999 the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum has reopened at their new location in the Veteran's Building, 400 Van Ness Avenue, Room 402.
Around the same time they made their catalog available on-line. It's accessible from their homepage: www.sfpalm.org. This fall PALM has been hosting a series called "Opera Divas in Conversation." Carol Vaness appeared already on September 21. Barbara Bonney will appear on October 25, and Hildegard Behrens will appear on November 10. Paul Thomason conducts the interviews which take place in PALM's Shenson Research Room.
Finally, Margaret Norton, PALM's
director since 1988, has announced that
she will be retiring at the end of the year.
From October 4 through December 27, 1999 there will be an exhibit honoring the 150th anniversary of Fryderyck Chopin's death. This exhibition, co- sponsored by the Polish Arts and Culture Foundation of San Francisco, the San Francisco Council of the Chopin Foundation of the United States, and the library, will be displayed in the Steve Silver Beach Blanket Babylon Music Center on the 4th floor of the Main Library.
Compositions by San Francisco native Julia Klumpkey added to SFPL One of the treasures unearthed during our move from the old building to the new Main Library was a box full of published works by a native San Francisco composer Julia Klumpkey (ca. 1870-1961).
As part of our WPA / Federal Music Project collection we have had her work The Twin Guardians of the Golden Gate: Dramatic Tone Poem for Solo Voices, Chorus, Piano and String Orchestra, written in honor of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition (text from George W. Caldwell's Legends of San Francisco).
Klumpkey graduated from the New
England Conservatory, studied violin
with Ysaye in Brussels, and Auer in
Dresden. She studied harmony and
composition with Goetschius in Boston,
Schlieder in New York, and Nadia
Boulanger in Paris. Klumpkey taught
violin at Converse College in South
Carolina, as well as in Boston and Paris,
before returning to San Francisco.
Klumpkey's published works were
written primarily for solo strings, and
small string ensembles, solo voice, and
choir. She had works published by
Senart and Novello, but the majority of
her compositions were published locally
by Wesley Webster (in San Francisco and
later in San Bruno) and George Austin
(her neighbor in the Richmond district.
The book division will be taken over by Scarecrow Press (who also co-publishes with the MLA); the music will return to the individual composers.
Thanks to you all for your support over the years. I couldn't have done it without you!
--Ann Basart (now retired)
There is a chapter meeting scheduled for Thursday evening, February 24, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Future meetings will be held in New
York City, February 21-25, 2001, Las
Vegas in 2002, and Austin, Texas in
www.afm6.orgThe website for Musician's Union Local 153, headquarted in San Jose, is - www.afml53.org
Both of these sites describe how to join
the union and the opportunities that
Friday, November, 1999
Seuss Room, Geisel Library
University of California, San Diego
9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Members (and friends of members!) of the Southern and Northern Chapters of the Music Library Association are invited to attend a joint Chapter meeting on Friday, November 5, 1999 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in San Diego. Our hosts are UCSD and Garrett Bowles.
We will meet in the Suess Room of the UCSD Geisel Library and enjoy lunch at the UCSD Faculty Club.
9:30-12:30 Morning session - 1) tour of the Geisel Library, 2) Leslie Andersen (County of Los Angeles Public Library): "Ann Ronell, American film and song composer."
12:30-1:30 Lunch at the UCSD Faculty Club>
2:00-4:00 Afternoon session - 20th Century Music and the Library: Issues of Collections and Use.
If you have any questions about the meeting, please Garrett Bowles (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (858) 534- 1267) or MLA/SCC Chapter Rhonelle Runner (e-mail: email@example.com; work phone: (323) 259-2942; mobile phone on meeting day: (818) 679-8117).