“The science and art of Music is worthy of a place in a system of liberal education and deserving of cultivation….”
The Harvard Musical Association is a private charitable organization founded by Harvard University graduates in 1837 for the purposes of advancing musical culture and literacy, both at the College and in the city of Boston. Among the Association’s most important major accomplishments in the middle of the nineteenth century are the creation of the country’s finest music library of that time, the first professional and public chamber music series, the erection of the great Boston Music Hall, and the formation of the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra which ultimately gave rise to the Boston Symphony.
Today, HMA library and concert rooms are available during weekdays without charge to musicians for practicing and scholars for research. The Association’s Marsh room, the meeting place of The Apollo Club (the oldest male chorus in New England) and the venerable HMA Reading Orchestra, is also frequently a recital venue for area artists and performing groups. The Harvard Musical Association maintains a longstanding tradition of commissioning new works, supporting local non-profit musical organizations, and giving prizes and awards to young performers.
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JOB POSTING: Music Library Consultant
The Harvard Musical Association seeks a skilled music library professional to provide derived and original cataloging of books, scores and archival materials on OCLC, and to compete formal accessioning of some recent gifts. Principal responsibility involves three discrete cataloging projects: Derived cataloging of approximately 75 items; original cataloging of approximately 200 scores; and original cataloging of perhaps 2,000 examples of HMA ephemera. NOTE: Catalog cards and shelf list cards must be created using HMA’s Cutter system, filed appropriately and the related books and scores shelved. Much of the OCLC work can be done offsite. The hours and time frame for these finite projects can be arranged to suit.
To apply, send resume and letter of interest to Anne C. Peters, Chair, Library Committee, via email at hmalibrary57A@gmail.com or mail to Harvard Musical Association, 57A Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02108.
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FLASH: The Association announces the publication of A Musical Life in Two Worlds: The Autobiography of Hugo Leichtentritt.
The typescript was discovered in HMA’s library and was prepared for publication by enthusiastic members under the directions of executive publisher, Lee Eiseman and editor, Mark DeVoto. Written in response to a challenge from Harvard in 1940 for first-person Holocaust accounts, the book also evokes a vanished German musical life before Hitler as well as Harvard and Boston of the 1890s and 1930s. Ordering information is here.