“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 an experienced music library professional to provide
consulting services in support of the Association’s special collections, principally in the areas of
cataloging and collection maintenance and in archival management. The majority of the work will
involve the identification and execution of discrete cataloging initiatives and other special
projects to enhance the operation of the library and expand access to the wealth of materials that
comprise the HMA collection. More here.
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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.