Capitol Hill Symphony Society Collection, 1962-1965
Collection No. 80 (.25 Linear Feet)
D.C. Community Archives
ProvenanceArnold Taylor, a member of the Capitol Hill Symphony Society, donated the collection to the library in 1995.
HistoryThe Capitol Hill Symphony Society was established on Jan. 30, 1964 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. The Society was created “for the purpose of providing ‘support for musical activities in the city of Washington, particularly…Capitol Hill.’” It was incorporated as a nonprofit organization and was the main source for the newly founded Capitol Hill Symphony Orchestra.
The Orchestra, directed by Victor King, was initially made of 90 members, was racially integrated, and was entirely voluntary. The Orchestra’s debut concert was held on March 8, 1964 at St. Mark’s (3rd and A streets SE).
The initial concept for the Society and Orchestra was born out of the Gault String Ensemble, which was a contributor to the St. Elizabeths Hospital music therapy program. The program gave patient at the hospital a means to express their musical talents. The String Ensemble was incorporated into the Capitol Hill Symphony Society and the music therapy program continued. It is unclear how for how long the Society was in existence.
The CHS Orchestra should not be confused with the Capitol City Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra).
Scope and Content NoteThe collection consists of correspondence, memos, by-laws, photographs, programs, meeting minutes and press releases. The majority of the materials were created in 1964, although the dates range from 1962 to 1965.
RestrictionsThere are no restrictions to this collection.
|FF 1||By-Laws, 1964|
|FF 2||Capitol Hill News, February-March, 1964|
|FF 3||Capitol Hill News, December 1964-January 1965|
|FF 4||Capitol Spotlight, Jan. 24, 1964|
|FF 5||Clippings, 1964|
|FF 6||Meeting Minutes, First Meeting, Jan. 30, 1964|
|FF 7||Member List, n.d.|
|FF 8||Memoranda, 1964|
|FF 9||Musicians Emergency Fund, 1962|
|FF 10||Photographs, Ensemble Performances|
|Hitchcock Hall of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, March 1964|
|Bassists James Moore and Nathaneal Turner, Hitchcock Hall of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, March 1964|
|Practice at Lutheran Church of Reformation, March 1964|
|St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Carroll Mattoon singing, March 8, 1964|
|Youth Practicing, St. Mark’s Parish Hall, May 1, 1964|
|Practice, St. Mark’s Parish Hall, May 1, 1964|
|Practice, Andrew White, St. Mark’s Parish Hall, 3rd and A streets SE, May 1, 1964|
|Practice, William Vosburgh, St. Mark’s Parish Hall, 3rd and A streets SE, May 1, 1964|
|Practice, Cynthia Ann Powell and Dr. Victor King, St. Mark’s Parish Hall, 3rd and A streets SE, May 17, 1964|
|FF 11||Photographs, Individuals|
|Carroll Mattoon and William Vosburgh, Feb. 25, 1964|
|Carroll Mattoon, Soprano, March 1964 (2 copies)|
|William Vosburgh, Concert Master, March 1964|
|Cynthia Ann Powell, Pianist, May 1964|
|Billy White, Associate Conductor, May 1, 1964|
|Anitra Earle and Billy White, May 1, 1964|
|Jacqueline Foreman, Bass Clarinet, May 1, 1964|
|Lyman McCrary, Pianist, May 1, 1964|
|Lyman McCrary, Librarian of Capitol Hill|
|Symphony Orchestra, May 1, 1964|
|Cynthia Ann Powell, Pianist, May 17, 1964|
|FF 12||Press Releases, 1964, n.d.|
|FF 13||Programs, 1964-1965|
|FF 14||Recreational Therapy Branch Programs, 1962-1963|
|FF 15||Rules and Policies, 1964|
|FF 16||Saint Elizabeth's Reporter, August 1964|
|FF 17||Washington Star Sunday Magazine, May 10, 1964|
Compiled by Ryan P. Semmes, November 2006
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