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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 11: Soloists' Correspondence and Photographs --- 1932-1966Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Evelyn Ames, Contralto (only photocopies of photo) --- 1942-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Else Harthan Arendt, Soprano --- 1933-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Virginia Auyers, Contralto --- 1941-1942Add to your cart.
Item 2: Helen Bickerton, SopranoAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Grace Ravesloot Buckley, Soprano --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Nancy Carr, Soprano --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sidney Smith Cooley, Contralto --- 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ada Belle Files, ContraltoAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Esther Goodwin, Contralto --- 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Helene Hekman, Contralto --- 1951Add to your cart.
Item 2: Ahleen Dekker Heynen, SopranoAdd to your cart.
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Mary Ann Kaufman, ContraltoAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Lillian Knowles, Contralto --- 1933-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Margit Kormedy, ContraltoAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Muriel Kyle, SopranoAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Frances James, SopranoAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Beatrice Brody Larsen, ContraltoAdd to your cart.
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Eileen Law, ContraltoAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Marjory Mc Clung, SopranoAdd to your cart.
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Esther Muenstermann, Contralto --- 1933-1934Add to your cart.
Item 2: Maud Nosler, Soprano --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Maurine Parzybok, Contralto --- 1933Add to your cart.
Item 2: Ruth Slater, ContraltoAdd to your cart.
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Virginia Strouse Speaker, Soprano --- 1947Add to your cart.
Item 2: Marjorie Squires, Contralto --- 1934Add to your cart.
Item 3: Edna Swanson Ver Haar, ContraltoAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Thelma von Eisenhauer, Soprano --- 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: David Austin, BaritoneAdd to your cart.
Item 2: James De Jonge, Tenor --- 1945Add to your cart.
Item 3: Carlton Eldridge, Tenor --- 1940-1944Add to your cart.
Item 4: Roy Glahn, TenorAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Bruce Foote, Baritone --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: Leroy Hamp, Tenor --- 1933Add to your cart.
Item 2: Harold Haugh, Tenor --- 1942Add to your cart.
Item 3: Barre Hill, Baritone; Russell Horton, Tenor --- 1942Add to your cart.
Item 4: Frederick Jenks, Baritone --- 1935-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: Edwin Kemp, Tenor --- 1935Add to your cart.
Item 2: Raymond Koch, Baritone --- 1943Add to your cart.
Item 3: Frederic Kreuger, Tenor --- 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Item 4: Joseph V. Laderoute, Tenor --- 1944-1949Add to your cart.
Item 5: Mark Love, Bass (only photocopies of photos) --- 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: John Mac Donald, Baritone --- 1937-1955Add to your cart.
Item 2: Michael Marsman, Bass-Baritone --- 1939Add to your cart.
Item 3: Ray Mc Afee, Baritone --- 1951-1966Add to your cart.
Item 4: Cameron Mc Lean, BaritoneAdd to your cart.
Item 5: James Miller, Tenor (Helen Stob's husband)Add to your cart.
Item 6: William Miller,Tenor --- 1932-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 18Add to your cart.
Item 1: Carl Nelson, Baritone --- 1946Add to your cart.
Item 2: Howard Nelson, BaritoneAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Ralph Nielsen, Tenor --- 1949-1952Add to your cart.
Item 4: Reinhold Schmidt, Bass-Baritone --- 1936Add to your cart.
Item 5: Robert Speaker, Baritone --- 1943Add to your cart.
Item 6: John Toms, Tenor --- 1941Add to your cart.
Item 7: Hardin Van Deursen, Baritone --- 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Muskegon Michigan Messiah --- 1944-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Diamond Jubilee, musical material --- 1951Add 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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