Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society Collection
Scope and Contents
Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society collection includes performance programs; orchestra rosters; publications by and about the society; audio-visual recordings; scrapbooks; color and black-and-white photographs. The audio/visual recordings include floppy disks; VHS; cassettes; reel to reel recordings; and compact disks.
- Majority of material found within 1930's to Present
- Stulberg, Julius (Person)
Biographical / Historical
The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society is made up of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Prep String Orchestra (PSO), and the Kalamazoo Training Orchestra (KTO).
The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra was established as the Kalamazoo Little Symphony in 1939 by the symphony’s first conductor, Eugene Andrie. It is one of the oldest youth orchestra in the country. By 1941, the Kalamazoo Little Orchestra was renamed the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony. The 2014-2015 performance season is the KJSO’s 76th anniversary. During the history of the KJSO, they have had two conductors of over 20 years, Julius Stulberg (1941-1974) and Dr. Robert Ritsema (1978-2001). Andrew Koehler has been the music director since 2007.
The KJSO has received many awards, has performed at national and international music festivals and celebrations, and has took multiple successful tours overseas. Over years it has visited Canada, Europe, Australia. New Zealand, Brazil, and China. The KJSO has been recommended by the American Symphony Orchestra League as a model for youth orchestras.
The Kalamazoo Prep String Orchestra was established in 1980, under the direction of Audrey Lipsey. The PSO designed to grow the skills of musicians, promote interest in the KJSO, and hopefully nurture future participation.
The Kalamazoo Training Orchestra was created in 1992 for elementary students to help foster confidence and excitement for orchestra music. It is designed to benefit at-risk students providing them a support system and 1 hour a week of skills training. The KJSO has received many awards, has performed at national and international music festivals and celebrations, and has took multiple successful tours overseas. Over years it has visited Canada, Europe, Australia. New Zealand, Brazil, and China. The KJSO has been recommended by the American Symphony Orchestra League as a model for youth orchestras.
Language of Materials
The KJSS Collection contains about 21 cubic feet of materials. There a variety of materials within the collection including paper items, audio/visual recordings, scrapbooks, photographs, and minor artifacts. Most the paper items are performance programs, orchestra rosters, or publications either produced by the KJSS or mention the performances of the KJSO. The photographs in the collection date from across the history of the KJSO. The different audio/visual recordings, which a good portion of the collect overall, include floppy disk, VHS, cassettes, reel to reel recordings, and CD’s. Overall, the KJSS Collection is really good condition when compared to some of the older collection held here at the Zhang Legacy Center. As always any handler of this collection’s materials should take caution and treat the items with respect. However, there is nothing that is within the collection that needs to be brought the attention of the handler before they are presented the collection.
The KJSS has provided money for the purchase of high quality archival boxes and any future materials that the Zhang may acquire from the organization.
This collection was brought together or produced by the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society (KJSS). It is made up of multiple types of materials collected during the performances and travels of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra (KJSO). The items date from the late 1930s to the present.
- Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society Collection Finding Aid
- Matthew Machinski
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US