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Russell Stanger Papers | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol

Collection Overview

Title: Russell Stanger Papers

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 4: Programs and Publicity
Russell Stanger kept programs and publicity that was generated throughout his career. Materials that had no original organization have been put in chronological order. Materials that were organized and put together by Russell Stanger have been kept in their original order. Bound program books have been organized by symphony and then chronologically.
Sub-Series 1: Chronologically Organized Programs and Publicity
Box 126
Folder 1: Programs & publicity, 1948
Folder 2: Programs and publicity, 1950
Folder 3: Programs and publicity, 1951
Folder 4: Programs and publicity, 1952
Folder 5: Programs and publicity, 1953
Folder 6: Programs and publicity, 1954
Folder 7: Programs and publicity, 1955
Folder 8: Programs and publicity, 1956
Folder 9: Programs and publicity, 1957
Folder 10: Programs and publicity, 1958
Folder 11: Programs and publicity, 1959
Folder 12: Programs and publicity, 1960
Folder 13: Programs and publicity, 1961
Folder 14: Programs and publicity, 1962
Folder 15: Programs and publicity, 1953
Folder 16: Programs and publicity, 1964
Folder 17: Programs and publicity, 1965
Folder 18: Programs and publicity, 1966
Folder 19: Programs and publicity, 1966
Folder 20: Programs and publicity, 1967
Box 127
Folder 1: Programs and publicity, 1968
Folder 2: Programs and publicity, 1968
Folder 3: Programs and publicity, 1968
Folder 4: Programs and publicity, 1969
Folder 5: Programs and publicity, 1969
Folder 6: Programs and publicity, 1969
Folder 7: Programs and publicity, 1970
Folder 8: Programs and publicity, 1971
Box 128
Folder 1: Programs and publicity, 1971
Folder 2: Programs and publicity, 1971
Folder 3: Programs and publicity, 1972
Folder 4: Programs and publicity, 1973
Folder 5: Programs and publicity, 1974
Folder 6: Programs and publicity, 1975
Folder 7: Programs and publicity, 1976
Folder 8: Programs and publicity, 1976
Box 129
Folder 1: Programs and publicity, 1977
Folder 2: Programs and publicity, 1978
Folder 3: Programs and publicity, 1978
Folder 4: Programs and publicity, 1979
Folder 5: Programs and publicity, 1979
Box 130
Folder 1: Programs and publicity, 1980
Folder 2: Programs and publicity, 1980
Folder 3: Programs and publicity, 1981
Folder 4: Programs and publicity
Folder 5: Programs and publicity, 1983
Folder 6: Programs and publicity, 1984
Folder 7: Programs and publicity, 1985
Folder 8: Programs and publicity, 1986
Box 131
Folder 1: Programs and publicity, 1987
Folder 2: Programs and publicity, 1988
Folder 3: Programs and publicity, 1989
Folder 4: Programs and publicity, 1990
Folder 5: Programs and publicity, 1992
Folder 6: Programs and publicity, 1993
Folder 7: Programs and publicity, 1994
Folder 8: Programs and publicity, 1995
Folder 9: Programs and publicity, 1997
Folder 10: Programs and publicity, 1998
Box 132
Folder 1: Programs and publicity, undated
Folder 2: Programs and publicity, undated
Folder 3: Programs and publicity, undated
Folder 4: Programs and publicity, undated
Sub-Series 2: Russell Stanger Organized Programs and Publicity
Box 133
Item 1: Publicity Scrapbook, 1964-1966
Box 134
Item 1: Publicity Scrapbook, 1966-1968
Box 135
Folder 1: Publicity scrapbook, 1949-1962
Folder 2: Publicity scrapbook, 1949-1962
Folder 3: Publicity scrapbook, 1970-1971
Folder 4: Publicity scrapbook, 1970-1971
Folder 5: Publicity scrapbook, 1971-1972
Folder 6: Publicity scrapbooks, 1971-1972
Box 136
Folder 1: Publicity scrapbooks, 1976-1977
Folder 2: Publicity scrapbooks, 1976-1977
Folder 3: Publicity scrapbooks, 1977-1978
Folder 4: Publicity scrapbooks, 1977-1978
Folder 5: Publicity scrapbooks, 1978-1979
Folder 6: Publicity scrapbooks, 1978-1979
Box 137
Folder 1: Publicity scrapbooks, 1978-1979
Folder 2: Publicity scrapbooks, 1978-1979
Folder 3: Publicity scrapbooks, 1979-1980 Vol. I
Folder 4: Publicity scrapbooks, 1979-1980 Vol. I
Folder 5: Publicity scrapbooks, 1979-1980 Vol. II
Folder 6: Publicity scrapbooks, 1979-1980 Vol. II
Box 138
Folder 1: Publicity scrapbooks, 1980-1981
Folder 2: Publicity scrapbooks, 1980-1981
Folder 3: Publicity scrapbooks, 1981/82- 1986
Folder 4: Publicity scrapbooks, 1981/82-1986
Folder 5: Chamber Music Reviews
Folder 6: Columbus Reviews, 1982
Folder 7: Photocopied Programs, Oct. 1966-May 1980
Folder 8: Photocopied Programs, Oct 1966- May 1980
Folder 9: Publicity for Brochures
Folder 10: Pops
Folder 11: Repertoire
Folder 12: Youth Symphony
Sub-Series 3: Bound Program Books
Box 139
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1920-1921
Box 140
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1921-1922
Box 141
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1922-1923
Box 142
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1923-1924
Box 143
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1924-1925
Box 144
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1925-1926
Box 145
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1926-1927
Box 146
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1927-1928
Box 147
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1928-1929
Box 148
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1929-1930
Box 149
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1930-1931
Box 150
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1931-1932
Box 151
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1932-1933
Box 152
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1933-1934
Box 153
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1934-1935
Box 154
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1935-1936
Box 155
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1936-1937
Box 156
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1937-1938
Box 157
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1938-1939
Box 158
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1939-1940
Box 159
Item 1: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1942-1943
Box 160
Item 1: The Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, 1960-1961
Box 161
Item 1: Minneapolis Symphony, 1964-1965
Box 162
Item 1: Minneapolis Symphony, 1965-1966
Box 163
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1969-1970
Box 164
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1970-1971
Box 165
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1971-1972
Box 166
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1972-1973
Box 167
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1973-1974
Box 168
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1974-1975
Box 169
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1975-1976
Box 170
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1976-1977
Box 171
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1977-1978
Box 172
Item 1: Norfolk Symphony, 1978-1979
Box 173
Item 1: Virginia Philharmonic 1979-1980

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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