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Howard Slenk Collection



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Oratorio Notes

Tapes of Past Performances

Dissertation Notes and Materials

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Howard Slenk Collection, 1965-1993 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Howard Slenk Collection, 1965-1993

ID: COLL/233

Primary Creator: Slenk, Howard (1931-)

Extent: 3.2 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Professor of music at Calvin College. The collection includes Oratorio Society constitution, minutes, correspondence, television releases, source work, program notes, sing-along activities, photographs, press clippings, rehearsal plans, dissertation materials, and oratorio notes for the Messiah, St. Paul, Requiem, King David, Creation, St. John's Passion, The Crucifixion, St. Matthew's Passion, and Easter Oratorio.

Biographical Note

Howard J. Slenk was born in Holland, Michigan in 1931. He attended Calvin College went on to earn his Ph.D. from Ohio University. Slenk taught at Trinity Christian College, but perhaps is best known for his service at Calvin College as professor of music for 28 years.

From 1967-1995 Slenk taught organ and music theory as well as directing Calvin's choirs and conducting the Oratorio Society. Slenk also served as the organist and music director for Woodland CRC in Grand Rapids. Slenk wrote A Well-Appointed Church Music in 1960. Slenk, (now emeritus professor of music) has received the honor of a scholarship named after him. The Howard J. Slenk Music Scholarship is awarded to Calvin College students with a music focused career path such as choral conducting, organist, or musicology.

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[Series 1: Oratorio Notes, 1980-1993],
[Series 2: Tapes of Past Performances],
[Series 3: Dissertation Notes and Materials],

Series 3: Dissertation Notes and Materials
Box 5
Folder 1: First draft of PhD dissertation
Folder 2: Final draft of PhD dissertation
Folder 3: Reference material for PhD dissertation
Folder 4: PhD dissertation notebook
Folder 5: Notes for dissertation
Folder 6: Dissertation material-musical scores
Folder 7: Dissertation material-musical scores
Box 6
Folder 1: Dissertation material-musical scores
Folder 2: Dissertation material-musical scores
Folder 3: Dissertation material-musical scores
Folder 4: Dissertation material-musical scores
Folder 5: Dissertation material-musical scores
Folder 7: Dissertation material file cards

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[Series 1: Oratorio Notes, 1980-1993],
[Series 2: Tapes of Past Performances],
[Series 3: Dissertation Notes and Materials],

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