Victoria Glaser

Biographical information

Victoria Glaser was born to Otto Charles and Dorothy Merryless Glaser on September 11, 1918 in Amherst, MA. She received instruction in counterpoint from Dorothy Fay Little and harmony with Stephen Tuttle before attending college. Glaser attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA and earned her B.A. and M.A. She studied theory with Walter Piston, Tillman Merritt, and Nadia Boulanger; flute with Georges Laurent; piano with Frederick Tillotson.

Glaser was an early pioneer in the development of the Preparatory Division at New England Conservatory beginning in 1957. She taught theory, ear training, sight singing, flute, piano, cello, and organ until 1982. Glaser began her teaching career in the 1940s starting at Wellesley College (1943-1946) followed by the Dana Hall School (1945-1959), Longy School of Music in Cambridge (1972-1993), and the Music School at Rivers (1977-?).

Outside of the classroom, Glaser was the Organist and Choir Director of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Also, she composed choral arrangements and original compositions published by E.C. Schirmer and G. Schirmer. Her many instrumental compositions won her recognition in the Boston musical community. This is detailed in Howard Pollack's book Harvard Composers: Walter Piston and His Students, from Elliott Carter to Frederic Rzewski. Glaser is also known for her own book entitled Training for Musicianship published in 1971.

Physical description

The Glaser Papers consist of 2.4 lin. ft; contained in two record cartons and one manuscript box. This collection consists primarily of paper files.

Provenance

This collection includes materials belonging to and created by Victoria Glaser, who was an early pioneer in the Preparatory Division at New England Conservatory of Music. This collection was donated to the New England Conservatory by Victoria Glaser in 2007.

Access

Access to the Victoria Glaser Papers is granted by the NEC Archivist. There are no restrictions pertaining to this collection.

Copyright

Please contact the Archivist regarding of copyright restrictions and publication permissions. This collection should be cited as: NECA 19.10. Victoria Glaser Papers, New England Conservatory Archives, Boston, MA.

Scope & Content

The Victoria Glaser Papers are organized into nine series:

  1. Compositions and Arrangements
  2. Longy School of Music
  3. Music School at Rivers
  4. New England Conservatory of Music
  5. Publication correspondence
  6. Teaching Materials
  7. Unitarian Universalist Singles
  8. Miscellaneous
  9. Publication manuscripts

The Compositions and Arrangements series includes manuscript vocal and instrumental works composed or arranged by Glaser. Also, there are works collected by Glaser of other composers.

The Longy School of Music series contains materials dating from 1977-1987. These include correspondence, committee records, a newsletter, and a concert program.

The Music School at Rivers series contains a brochure outlining the programs provided for students as well as correspondence, general faculty materials, flyers promoting the programs, newsletters, and student recital programs.? These records span the years 1976-1979.

The New England Conservatory of Music series is comprised of correspondence with NEC Presidents, listings of Preparatory School requirements, and concert programs from the Preparatory School. One folder documents various strategic issues that were facing the Preparatory Division, including the relationship between NEC and the Music School at Rivers. Other materials include: records of a Preparatory Theory faculty seminar; a report of the findings of a Ford Foundation Study Group which examined music education for children ages 9-12; and a typed manuscript of the book or paper “Music is for Little People”, written by Lisa Frederick Parker of the NEC Extension Division faculty.??

The Publication Correspondence series consists primarily of correspondence regarding Glaser’s book Training for Musicianship. The majority of the correspondence involves copyright permission requests to various publishers for musical examples that Glaser planned to use in her book. There are also letters commenting on the book or requesting copies of the book. The folders in this series are organized alphabetically. The last folder labeled “Other” contains letters from publishers/senders for which there is only one piece of correspondence. This folder is organized alphabetically within. Finally, the last folder contains correspondence pertaining to the publication of Glaser’s later book, The Inquisitive Music Lover.

The Teaching Materials contain lesson plans from the classes taught by Glaser during her career at the NEC-Preparatory School and other schools. Also included are examples of examinations and assignments given by Glaser. In addition, there are six notebooks which contain more lesson plans and musical examples utilized in classes. While Glaser was at NEC she taught theory, sight singing, ear training and many more courses. Finally there is a “Harmony Course” book written by Nadia Boulanger which Glaser perhaps used in her teaching.

The Unitarian Universalist Singles series includes newsletters from 1981-1983 when Glaser was a forum leader. Also, included are the contracts used to rent church facilities in order to host meetings.

The Miscellaneous series contains a few pieces of general correspondence and unidentified correspondence. It also includes newspaper clippings /advertisements and a folder pertaining to Glaser’s review of a book by Lily Owyang and Linda Ostrander entitled Creative Piano: A Modular Approach for Adult Beginners. A thick notebook containing Glaser’s notes from classes she had taken in college including a Greek literature class and a Music class, as well as an outline for her honors thesis, can be found in this series. Finally, there are four unidentified 3x5 photos and two larger images of churches; one appears to be a sketch.

The Publication Manuscripts series contains typewritten drafts of nine chapters of Glaser’s book The Inquisitive Music Lover, a draft of Piano Sight Playing for the Novel Musician, and a complete pre-publication copy of her book Training for Musicianship with pasted-in text and musical examples.

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Container List

Series 1: Compositions and Arrangements and Translations
??? ??? ??? Victoria Glaser

Box 1

Choral- Children's Chorus

??? Folder 1??? An Argument to Set
??? Folder 2??? On Seven Winds

S.A.T.B.

??? Folder 3??? 3001 (Lament for a Dead Planet)
??? Folder 4??? Freedom Songs
??? Folder 5??? Litany
??? Folder 6??? London in 1888
??? Folder 7??? Oh Solider, Solider
??? Folder 8??? The White Lie
??? Folder 9??? Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
??? ??? ??? ??? ???
S.A.B.

??? Folder 10??? Little Christmas
??? Folder 11??? Three Carols for Christmas

S.S.A. / S.S.A.A.

??? Folder 12??? The Cambric Shirt
??? ??? ???????????? Christ now by Thy Passion
??? Folder 13??? La Dance
??? Folder 14??? Greek Hymn
??? Folder 15??? Greensleeves (What Child is this?)
??? ??? ?????????????? Homeric Hymn (2 copies)
??? Folder 16??? La Musique
??? ??? ?????????????? Three Canons for Treble Voices(Brahms; text ???
??? ??? ??? ??? ?????? translations by V. Glaser)
T.T.B..

??? Folder 17??? Wharra fe Dinner?

T.T.B.B.

??? Folder 18 ?? What A Tryin' Time (Spiritual)

Mixed Voices (unison)

??? Folder 19??? Festival Anthem

Solo Voice

??? Folder 20??? Easy Choir Song (with ensemble)
??? Folder 21??? Summer Song (Lyin' Out Long) (with piano)
??? Folder 22??? Victoria Glaser Publications: Choral Arrangements

Instrumental
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Cello

??? Folder 23??? Plucker's Harvest
??? Folder 24??? Verses

Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon

??? Folder 25??? A Jazz Counterpoint

Flute and Piano[?]
??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
??? Folder 25??? Berceuse (Chopin/arr. Glaser)

Flute, Viola, Piano
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??? Folder 26??? Loeillet Sonata in B minor

Flute, Viola, Cello

??? Folder 27??? Pentaphony

Harpsichord

??? Folder 28??? Recollections

Piano
??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
??? Folder 29??? Inquiry
??? Folder 30??? Prelude and Allegro
??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Organ

??? Folder 31??? Prelude on Easter Melodies
??? Folder 32??? Prelude on Hymn 79 (Meg Irwin)
??? Folder 33??? Unidentified

Miscellaneous
??? ??? ???
??? Folder 34??? Epithalamian for Theo and Steve Colburn
??? Folder 35 ??? Ragtime Romp

Other Composers???????
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Bronneau, Gilles Yves

??? Folder 36-40 Opus 25: nos. 1-5 (5 Psaumes)(Chorus, Flute, Hautbois,?????? Strings and Organ)
??? Folder 41??? Symphonie 2, Pastorale, Opus 31 (Conductors Score)
??? Folder 42??? Sonate Opus 32, numero 3 (Oboe and Piano)

Cobb. C.W.

??? Folder 43??? Basque Carol (S.A.T.B.)
??? Folder 44??? To Mary Sing (S.A.T.B.)

Glaser, C.

??? Folder 45??? Dein Auge (Mezzo-Soprano)
??? ??? ??? ???????? Morgens steh ich auf Fragen
????? ??? ??? ?????? Frühlingslied
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??? Folder 46??? Mes Esta Di???
??? ??? ??? ???
Neily, Robert

??? Folder 47??? Away in a Manger (S.A.T.B.)

Sukkar, Mary

??? Folder 48??? Lament for Anwar Sadat (Conductors Score)

Virgemah, Kevyn

??? Folder 49 ??? Conte (Piano)
??? ??? ??? ???
Unidentified

??? Folder 50??? Alma Mater (Voice)
??? Folder 51??? Margery, Come Feed the Black Sow

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Series 2: Longy School of Music

Box 2

??? Folder 1??? Correspondence
??? Folder 2 ?? Committee Records
??? Folder 3??? Newsletter
??? Folder 4??? Program

Series 3: The Music School at Rivers

??? Folder 5??? Correspondence
??? Folder 6??? Faculty materials
??? Folder 7??? Flyers/Press Releases
??? Folder 8??? Newsletter
??? Folder 9??? Recital Program
??? ??? ???
Series 4: New England Conservatory of Music

??? Folder 10??? Correspondence w/NEC Presidents
??? Folder 11??? Preparatory School – Theory Requirements
??? Folder 12??? Preparatory School – Voice Requirements
??? Folder 13??? Preparatory School Programs
??? Folder 14??? Preparatory/Extension Division – Strategic Issues
??? Folder 15 ??? Seminar with Preparatory Theory Faculty
??? Folder 16??? Ford Foundation Study Group
??? Folder 17??? “Music is for Little People”

Series 5: Publication correspondence
??? ???
Training for Musicianship

??? Folder 18??? Associated Music Publishers, Inc
??? Folder 19??? Baker and Taylor Co.
??? Folder 20??? B?renreiter Verlag
??? Folder 21??? Boosey & Hawkes Inc.
??? Folder 22??? Broude Bros. Co.
??? Folder 23??? J. & W. Chester
??? Folder 24??? Elkan-Vogel Company
??? Folder 25??? Frank Music Co.
??? Folder 26??? International Music Corp.
??? Folder 27??? Edwin F. Kalmus
??? Folder 28??? Music & Man
??? Folder 29??? MENC
??? Folder 30??? Music Publishers Holding Corp.
??? Folder 31??? Novello & Co.
??? Folder 32??? Oxford University Press
??? Folder 33??? C. F. Peters
??? Folder 34??? Theodore Presser
??? Folder 35??? Viking Press
??? Folder 36??? Other

The Inquisitive Music Lover
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??? Folder 37 ??? Correspondence

Series 6: Teaching Materials

Lesson Plans

????? Folder 38??? Counterpoint-18th century
??? ? Folder 39??? Counterpoint-Baroque
??? ? Folder 40??? Counterpoint-Modal
??? ? Folder 41??? Harmony I
??? ? Folder 42??? Harmony II
??? ? Folder 43??? Intermediate I and II
??? ? Folder 44??? Introduction
??? ? Folder 45??? Music 203-A
??? ? Folder 46??? Music 203-B
??? ? Folder 47??? Music 203-C
??? ? Folder 48??? Music 208-A
??? ? Folder 49??? Music 208-B
??? ? Folder 50??? Music 208-C
??? ? Folder 51??? Musicianship I and II
??? ? Folder 52??? Senior I and II
??? ? Folder 53??? Teenage Beginners/Juniors
??? ? Folder 54??? Theory I and II
??? ? Folder 55??? Assignments
??? ? Folder 56??? Exams
??? ? Folder 57??? Notebook 1
??? ? Folder 58??? Notebook 2
??? ? Folder 59??? Notebook 3
??? ? Folder 60 ??? Notebook 4
??? ? Folder 61??? Notebook 5
??? ? Folder 62??? Notebook 6 (oversize)
??? ? Folder 63??? Harmony Course/Nadia Boulanger
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Series 7: Unitarian Universalist Singles Group

????? Folder 64??? Contracts, January 1982-September 1983
??? ? Folder 65??? Forum Discussion Guidelines and Topics

Newsletter

??? ? Folder 66??? February 1981-December 1981
??? ? Folder 67??? February 1982-September 1982
??? ? Folder 68??? April 1983-September 1983???
??? ? Folder 69??? Miscellaneous

Series 8: Miscellaneous

????? Folder 70??? Correspondence, General
??? ? Folder 71??? Correspondence, Unidentified
??? ? Folder 72??? Newspaper Clippings/Advertisements
??? ? Folder 73??? Review of Owyang/Ostrander Book
??? ? Folder 74??? Course Notebook
??? ? Folder 75??? Photographs

Series 9: Publication Manuscripts

Box 3

????? Folder 1??? Draft, The Inquisitive Music Lover, Chpt.1-2
??? ? Folder 2 ?? Draft, The Inquisitive Music Lover, Chpt. 3-6
??? ? Folder 3 ?? Draft, The Inquisitive Music Lover, Chpt. 7-8
??? ? Folder 4??? Draft, The Inquisitive Music Lover, Chpt. 9
??? ? Folder 5 ?? Draft, Piano Sight-Playing for the Novice Musician
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?Complete Manuscript Draft, Training for Musicianship

Finding aid compiled by Steven D. Booth, Fall 2007.

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