Capitol Hill Symphony Society Collection, 1962-1965

Capitol Hill Symphony Society Collection, 1962-1965

Finding Aid

Collection No. 80 (.25 Linear Feet)
D.C. Community Archives


Arnold Taylor, a member of the Capitol Hill Symphony Society, donated the collection to the library in 1995.


The 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 Note

The 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.  


There are no restrictions to this collection.

Box Inventory

Box 1

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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