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Russell Stanger Papers, 1920-2008, undated | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol

Collection Overview

Title: Russell Stanger Papers, 1920-2008, undated

ID: 00.1/DCR MG 2

Primary Creator: Stanger, Russell (1924-2015)

Extent: 100.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection has been organized into the following series: Series I: Conducting: Scores, Parts, and Recordings; Series II: Original Compositions: Scores, Parts, and Recordings; Series III: Guest Conducting; Series IV: Programs and Publicity; Series V: Correspondence; Series VI: Virginia Symphony; Series VII: Music Lecture Notes; Series VIII: Personal Interest Files; and Series IX: Photographs and Scrapbooks.

Date Acquired: 08/00/1994. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Music--United States--20th century

Forms of Material: scores (documents for music)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the personal papers of composer Russell Stanger.

Biographical Note

Russell Stanger was born on May 8, 1924 in Arlington, Massachusetts, the son of Herbert Theophilus and Millicent Caroline Stemler Stanger. When he was eight years old, Stanger began studying strings with violinist, Marguerite Estaver, in Newton Center (Massachusetts). At the age of twelve, he organized his first orchestra - of neighborhood children in Newton. After entering the New England Conservatory of Music, he continued his string studies with violinist, Harrison Keller, and violist, Georges Fourel, of the Boston Symphony. During World War II, from 1944 to 1947, he served in the United States Naval Reserve. On Nov. 21, 1970, he married the former Mildred ("Millie") Sheffield.

Stanger attended three summers at Tanglewood, in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 1952, he received a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. From 1950 to 1953, he was the director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, followed by three years at the Boston University Symphony Orchestra. In 1956, Russell Stanger was selected from 120 contestants as the winner of the Eugene Ormandy National Conductors Competition in Philadelphia. He organized the Boston Little Orchestra in 1958, and served as the assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1960 to 1962, under Leonard Bernstein. From 1964 to 1966, he was Associate Conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony (now the Minnesota Orchestra).

In 1966, Russell Stanger came to Virginia as the music director and conductor of the Norfolk Symphony (now the Virginia Symphony). He remained the director for fourteen seasons, and is currently conductor laureate. Since 1982, he has been the music director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts at Saratoga. For the last decade, he has made many conducting trips to Japan. In 1989, he was commissioned to compose a piece for the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Mukogawa Gauquin, the largest Japanese women's university. He is the artistic advisor of the Miyazaki (Japan) Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted the Kyushu (Japan) Orchestra in the performance of two of his own works.

Maestro Stanger has served as a guest conductor with some of the leading North American and European orchestras. These include the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Canadian Broadcasting Company Symphony, National Broadcasting Corporation Orchestra, Bilbao (Spain) Symphony, Jalapa (Mexico) Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Reims, and Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire, Paris.

In addition to conducting, Stanger has composed several works, including "Buffoons; A Merry Overture" [1963]; "Childhood Images" [1968]; "Rock Opus" (for symphony orchestra and optional rock group) [1970]; "Episodes '76" [1976]; "Symphony No. 1, Op. 10" ("Kitakyushu") [1989]; "Commemorative Celebration" [1989]; and "Miyazaki, Op. 12" [1994].

Russell Stanger has received cultural citations in Philadelphia and Norfolk, and is a member of the music honorary societies, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tri-M. In 1988, he was awarded "The Most Outstanding Artist of the Year" from the Dai Nippon Butoku-Kai (Japan), the world's oldest virtue and martial arts society. A recording he made with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), and pianist, Earl Wild, was awarded the "Critic's Choice Award." He is listed in several biographical volumes, including Notable Americans of the Bicentennial Era, Who's Who in the East, International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory, Men of Achievement, Symphony Conductors of the USA, Music and Dance in the New England States, Virginia; A Pictorial History, and Norfolk's Waters; An Illustrated Maritime History of Hampton Roads.

Maestro Stanger was a long-time friend of F. Ludwig Diehn, and a promoter of his music. Diehn died in 1995, leaving a bequest that was to benefit Old Dominion University through the Norfolk Foundation. At that time it was the largest individual gift in the University's history. Russell Stanger was an advisor to the F. Ludwig Diehn Fund and the E.K. Sloane Fund, both of which fall under the purview of the Norfolk Foundation. Russell Stanger died in Norfolk on January 6, 2015.

Subject/Index Terms

Music--United States--20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Music Special Collections

Accruals: A large addition was received in 2009.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Physical Access Note: Original reel to reel recordings are not available for use.

Acquisition Source: Russell Stanger

Acquisition Method: Gift of Russell Stanger

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Russell Stanger Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The Russell Stanger Papers were processed by Jessica Mirasol in 2009-2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: Major revisions to this finding aid occurred in 2010-2011 after new additions were processed.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Conducting: Scores, Parts, and Recordings, undated],
[Series II: Original Compositions: Scores, Parts, and Recordings, 1976-1998, undated],
[Series III: Guest Conducting, 1954-2008, undated],
[Series IV: Programs and Publicity, 1920-1998, undated],
[Series V: Correspondence, 1983-2004, undated],
[Series VI: Virginia Symphony, 1965-1990, undated],
[Series VII: Music Lecture Notes, 1970, undated],
[Series VIII: Personal Interest Files, 1924-2007, undated],
[Series IX: Photographs and Scrapbooks, undated],
[All]

Series III: Guest Conducting, 1954-2008, undated
Russell Stanger traveled the world for guest conducting engagements. This series contains information about his trips to Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout North America. Materials included reflect his itineraries, flights, homestays, concert schedules, and other activities. They have been arranged by country and then chronologically.
Sub-Series 1: Canada, 1961-1962
Box 114
Folder 1: Edmonton Symphony Society, 1961
Folder 2: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, 1962
Sub-Series 2: Columbia, 1985
Box 114
Folder 3: Sinfonica de Columbia, Bogota, Columbia, 1985
Folder 4: Sinfonica de Columbia, Bogota, Columbia, 1985
Sub-Series 3: England, undated
Box 114
Folder 5: England, undated
Sub-Series 4: Germany, 1978-1981, undated
Box 114
Folder 6: Germany, 1978
Folder 7: German Reviews, 1978
Folder 8: Gottinger Symphonie Orchester, Gottingen, Germany, 1980-1981
Folder 9: German Manager, Konzertdirektion Rudof Wylach KG, undated
Sub-Series 5: Japan, 1986-1999, undated
Box 114
Folder 10: Japan, 1986
Folder 11: Fukuoka, Junko: Second Japanese Homestay, 1987 October
Folder 12: Second Japan Trip Sensei Hamata and Martial Arts Group, 1988 May 25-June 15
Folder 13: Mukugawa Women's University, 1989 November
Folder 14: Japan, 1989
Box 115
Folder 1: Fifth Japanese Trip, 1990 May 17-29
Folder 2: Kitakyushu (Seventh Trip to Japan), 1993 March 1-9
Folder 3: Eighth trip to Japan (Miyazaki), 1993 December 13-21
Folder 4: Ninth trip to Japan, 1994 April 8-21
Folder 5: Japan, 1994
Folder 6: Nagatomo, Kiyotoshi (Homestay), 1996 July 10-12
Folder 7: Japan (Kitakyushu), 1999
Folder 8: Japan, undated
Folder 9: Japan, undated
Folder 10: Japan, undated
Box 116
Folder 1: Japan, undated
Folder 2: Sister City Homestays (Japan), undated
Folder 3: U.S./Japan Youth Music Festival, undated
Folder 4: Japan, undated
Folder 5: N.H.K. Japan Television, undated
Folder 6: Nittai-Dai University, Tokyo Japan, undated
Folder 7: Japan, Kitakyushu, undated
Box 193
Item 1: OVERSIZE Guest Conducting Posters, undated
Box 194
Item 1: OVERSIZE Guest Conducting Posters, undated
Sub-Series 6: Mexico, 1975-1979
Box 116
Folder 8: Symphony Orchestra State of Mexico, 1975 July
Folder 9: Xalapa (Jalapa) Mexico Programs, 1979
Folder 10: Orquesta de Camara, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico, 1979
Folder 11: Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa, Xalapa Mexico, 1979 October 16-28
Sub-Series 7: Norway, 1964-1968
Box 116
Folder 12: Trondhiem Symphony Orchestra Reviews- Norway, 1964
Folder 13: Oslo Philharmonic Reviews- Norway, 1965
Folder 14: Harmonien- Norway, 1968
Sub-Series 8: Spain, 1973-1978
Box 116
Folder 15: Flemsburg, Spain, Poland, 1973, 1978
Folder 16: Bilbao Symphony Orchestra- Bilbao, Spain, 1975
Folder 17: Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao- Bilbao, Spain, 1975
Sub-Series 9: United States, 1954-2008, undated
Sub-Group 1: Professional Orchestras, 1954-1987, undated
Box 116
Folder 18: Bach Aria Group- New York City, 1974
Folder 19: Baton Rouge Symphony- Baton Rouge Louisiana, 1981 February
Box 117
Folder 1: Boston Opera (Tour and Opera), 1960 January-April
Folder 2: Columbus Symphony Orchestra- Columbus, Ohio, 1979
Folder 3: Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Program Reviews, 1979-1980
Folder 4: Fort Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra- Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1980
Folder 5: Lubbock Symphony Orchestra- Lubbock, Texas, 1987
Folder 6: Minneapolis Symphony, 1965
Folder 7: New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, 1963
Folder 8: New York City Opera, 1959
Folder 9: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1954-1955
Folder 10: Portland, Oregon Correspondence, 1961
Folder 11: Saint Louis Little Symphony, 1964
Folder 12: Stanger Chamber Orchestra, 1957
Folder 13: Washington Square Orchestra, undated
Sub-Group 2: Youth Orchestras, 1972-2008, undated
Box 117
Folder 14: All-County Orchestra- Prince William County, Virginia, 1984-1985
Folder 15: Brookhaven Youth Orchestra- New York, undated
Folder 16: Japan and U.S. Youth Music Festival- Lake Taylor High School, 1992
Folder 17: The Long Island String Festival Concert, 1998-1999
Folder 18: Musical America, 1984
Folder 19: New York State School Music Association All-State Concert- Kiamesha Lake, New York, 1984
Folder 20: New York State All-State Orchestra Concert at the Plaza- Albany, New York, 1984
Folder 21: New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA), 1982-1990
Folder 22: New York State Summer School of the Arts, 1982-1990
Box 118
Folder 1: New York State Summer School of the Arts, 1982-1990
Folder 2: NYSSSA, 1991-1993
Folder 3: NYSSSA, 1991-1993
Folder 4: NYSSSA, 1994-1996
Folder 5: NYSSSA, 1994-1996
Folder 6: NYSSSA, 1994-1996
Box 119
Folder 1: New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA), 1994-1996
Folder 2: NYSSSA, 1997-2000
Folder 3: NYSSSA, 1997-2000
Folder 4: NYSSSA, 1997-2000
Folder 5: NYSSSA, 2001-2008
Folder 6: NYSSSA, 2001-2008
Box 120
Folder 1: New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA), 2001-2008
Folder 2: NYSSSA, 2001-2008
Folder 3: NYSSSA, 2005
Folder 4: NYSSSA Notes, undated
Folder 5: NYSSSA Programs, undated
Folder 6: NYSSSA Programs, undated
Folder 7: NYSSSA Thank-You Notes from Students, undated
Folder 8: NYSSSA, undated
Folder 9: NYSSSA Japanese Visit to SOS, undated
Folder 10: Northern Virginia All-Regional Orchestra, 1975
Folder 11: Roanoke Public Schools All-City Junior High School Orchestra, 1972
Folder 12: Suffolk All-County Music Festival- Long Island, NY, 1986
Sub-Series 10: Audio and Video Recordings, 1975-2006, undated
This sub-series contains audio and video recordings from Russell Stanger's guest conducting experiences. Formats include audio cassette, CD, video cassette, and DVD. Materials are arranged by format.
Sub-Group 1: Audio Cassettes, 1982-2000, undated
Box 121
Item 1: Berg-Kammerkonzert: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, undated
Item 2: Berg, Kammerkonzert, undated
Item 3: Calgary Philharmonic, 1985 January 6
Item 4: Columbus Symphony, undated
Bach-Stokowsky: Passacaglia; Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody; Collard: Piano
Item 5: Columbus Symphony Orchestra, undated
Bach-Stokowsky: Passacaglia and Fugue; Ravel: Entrement
Item 6: Columbus Symphony Orchestra, 1982 November 12
Bach-Stokowsky: Passacaglia and Fugue in cm; Stanger interview; Rachmaninoff Rhapsody
Item 7: Columbus Symphony Orchestra, 1985 November
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Item 8: Columbus Symphony, 1985 November
Mahler Symphony No. 1 Conclusion
Item 9: Japanese Youth Symphony, undated
Toyama: Rhapsody for Orchestra
Item 10: Japanese Youth Orchestra, 1987 November 15
Item 11: The Long Island String Festival, 1996
Fortieth Anniversary Concert
Item 12: Long Island String Festival, 1996
Fortieth Anniversary Concert
Item 13: Ormandy Philharmonic Orchestra, undated
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 45; Dvorak: New World Symphony
Item 14: Ormandy Philharmonic Orchestra, undated
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 em; Vivaldi: Concerto in bm for four violins
Item 15: Nassau Music Educators Association Senior High School Festival, 1992
Item 16: Saratoga All-State Jazz Band, All-State Chorus, All-State Band, 1992
The Area All-State Concert Saratoga
Item 17: New York State Summer School of the Arts, undated
School of Orchestral Studies. Round Lake
Item 18: NYSSSA, 1987 August 5
School of Orchestral Studies. Evening Concert
Item 19: NYSSSA, 1988 August 17
School of Orchestral Studies. Albany, New York Evening Concert
Item 20: NYSSSA, 1992 August 4
School of Orchestral Studies. Round Lake
Item 21: NYSSSA, 1993 August 10
School of Orchestral Studies. Round Lake 8:00 PM
Item 22: NYSSSA, 1996
School of Orchestral Studies. Highlights
Item 23: NYSSSA, 1996 August 5-6
School of Orchestral Studies. Prokofiev: Lt. Kijl, Op. 60; Diehn: Symphony No. 3, Movement 1 only
Item 24: NYSSSA, 1997 August 5
School of Orchestral Studies. Round Lake Auditorium
Item 25: NYSSSA, 1997 August 3
School of Orchestral Studies. Round Lake Auditorium
Item 26: NYSSSA, 1999 August 2
School of Orchestral Studies. Recorded in Saratoga Springs, NY at a student gathering. Alumnus Jeffry Kazukiewicz, Violinist and Jason Alfred pianist performing. Introductory remarks to students by Russell Stanger, Artistic Director of the School of Orchestral Studies.
Item 27: Jeffrey Kazukiewicz Recital, 1999 August 3
Item 28: NYSSSA, 1999 August 2
School of Orchestral Studies: Diehn Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 13
Item 29: Jeffrey Kazukiewicz Recital, 1999 August 2
Item 30: NYSSSA, 2000
Highlights from the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Summer 2000
Item 31: Mukugawa Gakuin Women's University, 1989 November 18
Commemorative Celebration, Op. 11 for Chorus and Orchestra World Premiere. Nishnomiya, Japan
Item 32: Brookhaven Youth Orchestra Philharmonic, 2000 March 4
Box 122
Item 1: NYSSSA, 1990 August 25
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 2: NYSSSA, 1992 August 15
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 3: NYSSSA, 1995 August 12
School of Orchestral Studies. Final Concert
Item 4: NYSSSA, 1990 August 25
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 5: NYSSSA, 1993 August 21
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 6: NYSSSA, 1996 August 17
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 7: NYSSSA, 1991 August 24
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 8: NYSSSA, 1994 August 20
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 9: NYSSSA, 1997 August 16
School of Orchestral Studies. Final Concert
Sub-Group 2: CDs, 1989-2006, undated
Box 123
Item 1: NYSSSA, 1999
School of Orchestral Studies. Final Concert
Item 2: NYSSSA, undated
Memorare, Op. 15. School of Orchestral Studies. Round Lake Auditorium
Item 3: NYSSSA, 2002 August 17
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 4: NYSSSA, 2002
School of Orchestral Studies. Stanger Symphonic Suite from Miyazaki, Op. 12
Item 5: NYSSSA, 2005
Highlights from the Summer School of the Arts Summer 2000
Item 6: NYSSSA, 2006 August 12
School of Orchestral Studies. Final Concert
Item 7: Mukogawa Gakuin, 1989 November 18
Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration. Kusaka Fiftieth Anniversary song. Stanger Commemorative Celebration, Op. 11
Sub-Group 3: Video Cassettes, 1991-1996, undated
Box 124
Item 1: Hansel and Gretel, 1991 January 27
Item 2: Unlabeled, 1991 January 14
Item 3: 55th Celebration, undated
Item 4: Labeled in Japanese, undated
Item 5: Labeled in Japanese, undated
Item 6: Labeled in Japanese, undated
Item 7: Labeled in Japanese, undated
Item 8: Fun in the sun in Miyazaki, undated
Item 9: The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, undated
Item 10: The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, undated
Item 11: The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, undated
Item 12: The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, undated
Item 13: Kitakyushyu Youth Orchestra, 1996 October
Item 14: Kitakyushu Jr. Orchestra and Chorus, 1996 October
Box 125
Item 1: Super Band, undated
Item 2: Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (Mexican State Symphony), 1983 July 13
Nationally televised concert in Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City
Item 3: Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, undated
Item 4: Miyazaki Symphonic Suite for Orchestra and Chorus, Op. 12, undated
Item 5: Miyazaki City Philharmonic Orchestra, 1995 May 14
Box 125a
Item 1: Miyazaki Symphonic Suite for Chorus and Orchestra, Opus 12, VHS, 1994 April 17
Russel Stanger composer and conductor. World Premiere. Miyazaki Symphonic Orchestra
Item 2: Kitakyushu Symphony No. 1, Opus 10; VHS, 1989 October 9
Russel Stanger composer and conductor. Dub of original NHK Concert Broadcast. Kyushu Symphony
Item 3: Mukogawa Women's University; VHS, undated
Item 4: NHK Kitakyushu, VHS, undated
Item 5: Unlabeled  U-Matic, undated
#15
Item 6: U-Matic Cassette, 1975 September 24
Russell and Mildred with fondest regards and memories of a glorious trip together
Sub-Group 4: DVD, undated
Box 125
Item 6: Miyazaki Symphonic Suite for Orchestra and Chorus, Op. 12 Commemorative Concert, undated

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Conducting: Scores, Parts, and Recordings, undated],
[Series II: Original Compositions: Scores, Parts, and Recordings, 1976-1998, undated],
[Series III: Guest Conducting, 1954-2008, undated],
[Series IV: Programs and Publicity, 1920-1998, undated],
[Series V: Correspondence, 1983-2004, undated],
[Series VI: Virginia Symphony, 1965-1990, undated],
[Series VII: Music Lecture Notes, 1970, undated],
[Series VIII: Personal Interest Files, 1924-2007, undated],
[Series IX: Photographs and Scrapbooks, undated],
[All]

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