MLA / NCC NEWSLETTER

Music Library Association
Northern California Chapter
Vol. 14, no. 1 (Fall 1999)

Minutes of the Business Meeting
June 4, 1999


Prepared by Judy Clarence, Secretary-Treasurer, CSU Hayward
The Northern California Chapter of the Music Library Association met at the Stanford University Braun Music Center and enjoyed tours of the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH) and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). The day began with coffee and pastries in the Music Graduate lounge, followed by the traditional Round Robin. Here are some of the highlights.

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.

News from the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum

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.

News from the San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library has received a $10,000 grant from the California Library Services Act to bring full cataloging to approximately 1,500 of our circulating scores. While this only meets a small part of our need, it is a welcome boost in bringing our entire score collection on-line.

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.

News from Members


Y2K in WA

Beginning in January 2000, I will be assuming the Head of the Music Library position at the University of Washington (Seattle). My appointment also includes teaching a course in the School of Music. My first course will be offered in Fall 2000 on Gender and Music. My last day at Berkeley will be December 10. Submitted by Judy Tsou

Fallen Leaf Press
After sixteen years of publishing books and music, Fallen Leaf Press is closing. Or self-deconstructing.

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!

Best wishes,
--Ann Basart (now retired)

Full-time at last...
Your editor is very happy to report that as of September 4, 1999 he is a full-time librarian the San Francisco Public Library, after working there in a part time capacity since September 1989. My review of Dance of Life: Popular Music and Politics in Southeast Asia by Craig A. Lockard appears in the current issue of Notes vol. 6, no. 1 (September 1999), 168-170.

MLA in Louisville

The year 2000 meeting of MLA will be held at the Louisville, Kentucky Hyatt Regency from February 23 through 26. There is already a website for the program - http://www.baylor.edu/ ~MLA/program2000.html

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 2003.

Bay Area Musicians' Union Websites

Musicians' Union Local 6, American Federation of Musicians, headquartered in San Francisco, now has a website -

www.afm6.org The 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 derive therefrom.

Joint Meeting
MLA/SCC and MLA/NCC

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.

9:00-9:30 Coffee
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: gbowles@ucsd.edu; phone: (858) 534- 1267) or MLA/SCC Chapter Rhonelle Runner (e-mail: rrunner@oxy.edu; work phone: (323) 259-2942; mobile phone on meeting day: (818) 679-8117).