Fonds - Department of Music fonds

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Department of Music fonds

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  • 1947-1965 (Creation)
  • 1986-1990 (Creation)
  • 1968-1986 (Creation)
  • 1965-1968 (Creation)

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0.03m of multiple media records

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(1914-1968)

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Richard S. Eaton was born in Victoria BC, on January 16, 1914. His first musical position was that of an assistant organist at Victoria's Christ Church Cathedral. He began studies at McGill University in 1936, and then went on to complete a master of music at Toronto's Upper Canada College (1939-1944). In 1947, he was hired by the University of Alberta as a lecturer for the Fine Arts Department. He then became the head of the Music Department upon its creation in 1965. During his time in Edmonton, he was incredibly involved in the music scene and community. He contributed by serving on the boards for Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Opera Association. He conducted the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus which, in its early years, largely consisted of the University community and alumni of the Mixed Chorus.
He founded the University of Alberta University Singers in 1951 and conducted them until 1967. He passed away on January 25, 1968, at which point the group was renamed the Richard Eaton Singers (RES). The choir has been contributing to the music culture in Edmonton for over five decades.

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(1945 -)

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The Department of Fine Arts, established in 1945, included music, drama and visual arts under the leadership of Henry George Glyde. The Bachelor of Music degree was instituted in 1958, and the Master of Music degree in 1968. Fine Arts split into its present three departments in 1965. Over the years, the Department's staff and students have enriched the cultural climate in Edmonton and its environs through bands, choirs, orchestras, opera productions, radio and television concerts and lectures, and production of new music, to name some examples. The Department cooperates with the Western Board of Music to provide a comprehensive study syllabus and examination program used widely by music teachers throughout Alberta and Western Canada (PACCR, 1983). Heads: 1947-1965 Richard S. Eaton. Chairs: 1965-1968 Richard S. Eaton; 1969-1986 Robert Stangeland; 1986-[1990] Alfred Fisher; [1990]- Wesley Berg.

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Created by MMCFARLANE 1-4-2008. Updated by MMCFARLANE 3-18-2008.

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