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Seymour Swets Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

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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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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],
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Series 7: Miscellaneous Items Related to the Oratorio Society --- 1930-1968Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Tributes to Professor Swets by soloists and others on his 25th anniversary of conducting oratoriosAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-3: Oratorio programs of other organizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Financial reports re: oratorio society --- 1930-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Gifts of the society to the music department --- 1941-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Oratorio Scholarship and Tuition Awards --- 1949-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Press reviews of oratorio performancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Handel's Messiah, a Hallowed Tradition," by S. SwetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Oratorion, edited by Fred Baker; plus other press copy --- 1945-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Contracts with soloists and agents --- 1933-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Business letters --- 1933-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Form letters sent to members and patronsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Intra-board letters --- 1933-1950Add 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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