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Seymour Swets Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

Personal and Music Department Papers

Music Department Affairs

Programs and Festivals

Music Conferences and Miscellaneous

Music Conferences and Programs

Oratorios

Miscellaneous Items Related to the Oratorio Society

Pageant Materials and Music

Miscellaneous materials

Books and pamphlets

Soloists' Correspondence and Photographs

LP33's



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Seymour Swets Collection, 1919-1973 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Seymour Swets Collection, 1919-1973Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/252

Primary Creator: Swets, Seymour (1900-1982)

Extent: 6.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of music at Calvin College. The collection includes lectures, correspondence, the manuscript of "Fifty Years of Music Making," programs, publicity, soloist information, articles, plus information on performances of the Messiah, other oratorios, musical groups, choirs, and tours.

Biographical Note

Seymour Swets was born in South Holland, Illinois, in the year 1900, the beginning of a new century. His parents moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in order to make use of the greater Christian education opportunities for their large family. Swets received his BA degree from Calvin in 1922, and a master's degree in history from the University of Michigan the following year. That year, 1923, he has appointed to teach music and speech at his alma mater.

In 1923 there was no music department, nor were any music courses offered for credit. As former President William Spoelhof said, "He was at the beginning." The next forty-four years were dedicated to serving Calvin, the church, and the community through teaching music, directing the A Cappella Choir, and administering the music affairs of the school. In addition, he directed the musical programs of the Oratorio Society from 1924 until his retirement in 1967. Upon his retirement he spent some five years in research for his book, published in 1973, Fifty Years of Music at Calvin College.

He served as an elder at LaGrave Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as their choirmaster for many years.


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[Series 1: Personal and Music Department Papers, 1928-1965],
[Series 2: Music Department Affairs, 1919-1967],
[Series 3: Programs and Festivals],
[Series 4: Music Conferences and Miscellaneous, 1953-1962],
[Series 5: Music Conferences and Programs, 1926-1968],
[Series 6: Oratorios, 1938-1966],
[Series 7: Miscellaneous Items Related to the Oratorio Society, 1930-1968],
[Series 8: Pageant Materials and Music],
[Series 9: Miscellaneous materials],
[Series 10: Books and pamphlets],
[Series 11: Soloists' Correspondence and Photographs, 1932-1966],
[Series 12: LP33's],
[All]

Series 5: Music Conferences and Programs --- 1926-1968Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 5th Church Music Conference --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 6th Church Music Conference --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 7th Church Music Conference --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Veteran organistsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Central Avenue CRC Holland Conference on Church Music --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: History and Constitution of the Oratorio SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Messiah (8th is missing)Add to your cart.
Item 1: 7th --- 1926Add to your cart.
Item 2: 9th --- 1928Add to your cart.
Item 3: 10th --- 1929Add to your cart.
Item 4: 11th --- 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 8: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 12th --- 1931Add to your cart.
Item 2: 13th --- 1932Add to your cart.
Item 3: 14th (1st in Civic Auditorium) --- 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 9: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 15th --- 1934Add to your cart.
Item 2: 16th --- 1935Add to your cart.
Item 3: 17th --- 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 10: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 18th --- 1937Add to your cart.
Item 2: 19th --- 1938Add to your cart.
Item 3: 20th --- 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 11: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 21st --- 1940Add to your cart.
Item 2: 22nd --- 1941Add to your cart.
Item 3: 23rd --- 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 12: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 24th --- 1943Add to your cart.
Item 2: 25th --- 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 13: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 26th --- 1945Add to your cart.
Item 2: 27th --- 1946Add to your cart.
Item 3: 28th (Swets' 25th) --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 14: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 29th --- 1948Add to your cart.
Item 2: 30th --- 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 15: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 31st --- 1950Add to your cart.
Item 2: 32nd --- 1951Add to your cart.
Item 3: 33rd --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 16: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 34th --- 1953Add to your cart.
Item 2: 35th --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 17: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 36th --- 1955Add to your cart.
Item 2: 37th --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 18: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 38th --- 1957Add to your cart.
Item 2: 39th --- 1958Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal and Music Department Papers, 1928-1965],
[Series 2: Music Department Affairs, 1919-1967],
[Series 3: Programs and Festivals],
[Series 4: Music Conferences and Miscellaneous, 1953-1962],
[Series 5: Music Conferences and Programs, 1926-1968],
[Series 6: Oratorios, 1938-1966],
[Series 7: Miscellaneous Items Related to the Oratorio Society, 1930-1968],
[Series 8: Pageant Materials and Music],
[Series 9: Miscellaneous materials],
[Series 10: Books and pamphlets],
[Series 11: Soloists' Correspondence and Photographs, 1932-1966],
[Series 12: LP33's],
[All]


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