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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

Collection Identifier: DCR MG 2

ID: 00.1/DCR MG 2

Primary Creator: Stanger, Russell (1924-2015)

Extent: 192.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

This collection has been organized into the following series:

I. Conducting: Scores, Parts, and Recordings

II. Original Compositions: Scores, Parts, and Recordings

III. Guest Conducting

IV. Programs and Publicity

V. Correspondence

VI. Virginia Symphony

VII. Music Lecture Notes

VIII. Personal Interest Files

IX. Photographs and Scrapbooks

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

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Music Special Collections

Accruals: A large addition was received in 2009.

Access Restrictions: Materials are available for room use only.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has not been assigned to the University Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

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

Acquisition Source: Russell Stanger

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box Number [insert number], Russell Stanger Papers, Old Dominion University Libraries, F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, Norfolk, VA.

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 1: Conducting: Scores, Parts, and Recordings],
[Series 2: Original Compositions: Scores, Parts, and Recordings],
[Series 3: Guest Conducting],
[Series 4: Programs and Publicity],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: Virginia Symphony],
[Series 7: Music Lecture Notes],
[Series 8: Personal Interest Files],
[Series 9: Photographs and Scrapbooks],
[All]

Series 3: Guest Conducting
Russell Stanger travelled 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
Box 114
Folder 1: Edmonton Symphony Society, 1961
Folder 2: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, 1962
Sub-Series 2: Columbia
Box 114
Folder 3: Sinfonica de Columbia, Bogota, Columbia, 1985
Folder 4: Sinfonica de Columbia, Bogota, Columbia, 1985
Sub-Series 3: England
Box 114
Folder 5: England
Sub-Series 4: Germany
Box 114
Folder 6: Germany, 1978
Folder 7: German Reviews, 1978
Folder 8: Gottinger Symphonie Orchester, Gottingen, Germany, 1980/81
Folder 9: German Manager, Konzertdirektion Rudof Wylach KG
Sub-Series 5: Japan
Box 114
Folder 10: Japan, 1986
Folder 11: Fukuoka, Junko: Second Japanese Homestay, October 1987
Folder 12: Second Japan Trip Sensei Hamata and Martial Arts Group, May25 - June 15, 1988
Folder 13: Mukugawa Women's University, November 1989
Folder 14: Japan, 1989
Box 115
Folder 1: Fifth Japanese Trip, May 17 - 29, 1990
Folder 2: Kitakyushu (Seventh Trip to Japan), March 1 - 9, 1993
Folder 3: Eighth trip to Japan (Miyazaki), December 13 - 21, 1993
Folder 4: Ninth trip to Japan, April 8 - 21, 1994
Folder 5: Japan, 1994
Folder 6: Nagatomo, Kiyotoshi (Homestay), July 10 - 12, 1996
Folder 7: Japan (Kitakyushu), 1999
Folder 8: Japan
Folder 9: Japan
Folder 10: Japan
Box 116
Folder 1: Japan
Folder 2: Sister City Homestays (Japan)
Folder 3: U.S./Japan Youth Music Festival
Folder 4: Japan
Folder 5: N.H.K. Japan Television
Folder 6: Nittai-Dai University, Tokyo Japan
Folder 7: Japan, Kitakyushu
Box 193
Item 1: OVERSIZE Guest Conducting Posters
Box 194
Item 1: OVERSIZE Guest Conducting Posters
Sub-Series 6: Mexico
Box 116
Folder 8: Symphony Orchestra State of Mexico, July 1975
Folder 9: Xalapa (Jalapa) Mexico Programs, 1979
Folder 10: Orquesta de Camara, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico, 1979
Folder 11: Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa, Xalapa Mexico, October 16 - 28, 1979
Sub-Series 7: Norway
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
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
Sub-Series 1: Professional Orchestras
These materials have been arranged alphabetically by symphony.
Box 116
Folder 18: Bach Aria Group- New York City, 1974
Folder 19: Baton Rouge Symphony- Baton Rouge Louisiana, February 1981
Box 117
Folder 1: Boston Opera (Tour and Opera), January - April 1960
Folder 2: Columbus Symphony Orchestra- Columbus, Ohio, 1979
Folder 3: Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Program Reviews, 1979/80
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, 1954/55
Folder 10: Portland, Oregon Correspondence, 1961
Folder 11: Saint Louis Little Symphony, 1964
Folder 12: Stanger Chamber Orchestra, 1957
Folder 13: Washington Square Orchestra
Sub-Series 2: Youth Orchestras
Box 117
Folder 14: All-County Orchestra- Prince William County, Virginia, 1984/85
Folder 15: Brookhaven Youth Orchestra- New York
Folder 16: Japan and U.S. Youth Music Festival- Lake Taylor High School, 1992
Folder 17: The Long Island String Festival Concert, 1998/99
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, 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 (NYSSSA), 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 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
Folder 5: NYSSSA Programs
Folder 6: NYSSSA Programs
Folder 7: NYSSSA Thank-You notes from students
Folder 8: NYSSSA
Folder 9: NYSSSA Japanese visit to SOS
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
This 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-Series 1: Audio Cassette
Box 121
Item 1: Berg-Kammerkonzert: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Item 2: Berg, Kammerkonzert
Item 3: Calgary Philharmonic, January 6, 1985
Item 4: Columbus Symphony
Bach-Stokowsky: Passacaglia; Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody; Collard: Piano
Item 5: Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Bach-Stokowsky: Passacaglia and Fugue; Ravel: Entrement
Item 6: Columbus Symphony Orchestra, November 12, 1982
Bach-Stokowsky: Passacaglia and Fugue in cm; Stanger interview; Rachmaninoff Rhapsody
Item 7: Columbus Symphony Orchestra, November 1985
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Item 8: Columbus Symphony
Mahler Symphony No. 1 Conclusion
Item 9: Japanese Youth Symphony
Toyama: Rhapsody for Orchestra
Item 10: Japanese Youth Orchestra, November 15, 1987
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
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 45; Dvorak: New World Symphony
Item 14: Ormandy Philharmonic Orchestra
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
School of Orchestral Studies- Round Lake
Item 18: NYSSSA, August 5, 1987
School of Orchestral Studies Evening Concert
Item 19: NYSSSA, August 17, 1988
School of Orchestral Studies: Albany, NY Evening Concert
Item 20: NYSSSA, August 4, 1992
School of Orchestral Studies: Round Lake
Item 21: NYSSSA, August 10, 1993
School of Orchestral Studies: Round Lake 8:00 PM
Item 22: NYSSSA, 1996
School of Orchestral Studies Highlights
Item 23: NYSSSA, August 5-6, 1996
School of Orchestral Studies. Prokofiev: Lt. Kijl, Op. 60; Diehn: Symphony No. 3, Mvmt 1 only
Item 24: NYSSSA, August 5, 1997
School of Orchestral Studies: Round Lake Auditorium
Item 25: NYSSSA, August 3, 1999
School or Orchestral Studies: Round Lake Auditorium
Item 26: NYSSSA, August 2, 1999
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, August 3, 1999
Item 28: NYSSSA, August 2, 1999
School of Orchestral Studies: Diehn Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 13
Item 29: Jeffrey Kazukiewicz Recital, August 2, 1999
Item 30: NYSSSA, 2000
Highlights from the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Summer 2000
Item 31: Mukugawa Gakuin Women's University, November 18, 1989
Commemorative Celebration, Op. 11 for Chorus and Orchestra World Premiere. Nishnomiya, Japan
Item 32: Brookhaven Youth Orchestra Philharmonic, March 4, 2000
Box 122
Item 1: NYSSSA, August 25, 1990
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 2: NYSSSA, August 15, 1992
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 3: NYSSSA, August 12, 1995
School of Orchestral Studies final concert
Item 4: NYSSSA, August 25, 1990
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 5: NYSSSA, August 21, 1993
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 6: NYSSSA, August 17, 1996
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 7: NYSSSA, August 24, 1991
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 8: NYSSSA, August 20, 1994
School of Orchestral Studies
Item 9: NYSSSA, August 16, 1997
School of Orchestral Studies final concert.
Sub-Series 2: CD
Box 123
Item 1: NYSSSA, 1999
School of Orchestral Studies final concert
Item 2: NYSSSA
Memorare, Op. 15. School of Orchestral Studies- Round Lake Auditorium
Item 3: NYSSSA, August 17, 2002
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
Item 6: NYSSSA, August 12, 2006
School of Orchestral Studies final concert
Item 7: Mukogawa Gakuin, November 18, 1989
Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration. Kusaka Fiftieth Anniversary song. Stanger Commemorative Celebration, Op. 11
Sub-Series 3: Video Cassette
Box 124
Item 1: Hansel and Gretel, January 27, 1991
Item 2: January 14, 1991
Item 3: 55th Celebration
Item 4: Labeled in Japanese
Item 5: Labeled in Japanese
Item 6: Labeled in Japanese
Item 7: Labeled in Japanese
Item 8: Fun in the sun in Miyazaki
Item 9: The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra
Item 10: The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra
Item 11: The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra
Item 12: The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra
Item 13: Kitakyushyu Youth Orchestra, October 1986
Item 14: Kitakyushu Jr. Orchestra and Chorus, October 1986
Box 125
Item 1: Super Band
Item 2: Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (Mexican State Symphony), July 13, 1983
Nationally televised concert in Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City
Item 3: Mexico State Symphony Orchestra
Item 4: Miyazaki Symphonic Suite for Orchestra and Chorus, Op. 12
Item 5: Miyazaki City Philharmonic Orchestra, May 14, 1995
Box 125a
Item 1: Miyazaki Symphonic Suite for Chorus and Orchestra, Opus 12, VHS, 4/17/1994

Russel Stanger composer and conductor

world premier

Miyazaki Symphonic Orchestra

Item 2: Kitakyushu Symphony No. 1, Opus 10; VHS, 10/9/1989

Russel Stanger composer and conductor

dub of original NHK Concert Broadcast

Kyushu Symphony

Item 3: Mukogawa Women's University; VHS
Item 4: NHK Kitakyusyu, VHS
Item 5: unlabeled; U-Matic
#15
Item 6: U-Matic Cassette, 9/24/1975
"Russel and Mildred with fondest regards and memories of a glorius trip together"
Sub-Series 4: DVD
Box 125
Item 1: Miyazaki Symphonic Suite for Orchestra and Chorus, Op. 12 Commemorative Concert

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Conducting: Scores, Parts, and Recordings],
[Series 2: Original Compositions: Scores, Parts, and Recordings],
[Series 3: Guest Conducting],
[Series 4: Programs and Publicity],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: Virginia Symphony],
[Series 7: Music Lecture Notes],
[Series 8: Personal Interest Files],
[Series 9: Photographs and Scrapbooks],
[All]

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