MC 00217 Preliminary Inventory of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild Records, 1941-1994

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4.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

8 boxes


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Acquisitions Information

Given by the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Inc., University Student Center, Box 5217, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27650, 1988, 1989.


Processed by: Special Collections Staff;machine-readable finding aid created by: Linda Sellars

Scope and Content Note

Minutes, administrative files, committe records, publicity materials, programs, scrapbooks, and other records of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild.

Historical Note

The roots of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild (RCMG) lie in the efforts of a small group of people who planned a series of three chamber music concerts by North Carolina artists in the spring of 1941. From this beginning the Guild has continued to grow and evolve over the past fifty-plus years, shifting location several times. In addition to featuring North Carolina artists, the Guild has expanded its scope to include nationally and internationally known artists, such as the Juilliard String Quartet, and the Tokyo and Cleveland Quartets. The Guild also offers events for local musicians and composers, including master classes for and performances by young, student musicians, competitions for chamber music composers, and sponsorship of concerts by local musicians. The Guild's activities are funded primarily by member support, with additional contributions from foundations, individual benefactors, and the assistance of North Carolina State University. A trust fund also provides financial support for various Guild programs.


1941 Spring Guild founded by a group of about twenty local music lovers and musicians in Raleigh, North Carolina.
1941 April 25 First concert, presented in the Raleigh Little Theatre. Artists: Edgar and Dorothy Alden, Charlotte Houston Atkinson, Herbert Bird, violins; Katherine Eide, William Klenz, Peter Farrell, cellos; Christian Kutschinski, Julia Mueller, Paul Oncley, violas; Henry Bruinsma, double bass; Aileen McMillan, Dorothy Phelps, piano.
1941 Season Subscription (3 concerts): $2.00.
1941-1942 Expenses for six concerts: less than $500.00.
1942-1946 Concerts suspended as wartime duties took many musicians away from Raleigh.
1947 September Guild re-organized and concerts moved to St. Mary's College auditorium.
1949 January 22 Juilliard String Quartet the first non-local ensemble presented.
1949-1950 Season Concerts moved to Meredith College Auditorium.
1953-1954 Season Budapest String Quartet gave its first concert in Raleigh.
1957-1958 Season Began the tradition of presenting all artists from outside the Triangle area. (Subsequently, there were occasional exceptions.).
1961-1962 Season Artists' Fees: $2,750 (5 concerts).
1962-1963 Season Concerts moved to the ballroom of Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University).
1969-1970 Winston Music Collection was established at NCSU.
1972 RCMG Endowment was established to provide basic operating support.
1972 Concerts moved to the (then) new Stewart Theatre at NCSU.
1984 Guild commissions its first work.
1985 Ellen Black Winston Trust Fund established as a result of a bequest. Income used to defer the costs of one annual memorial concert in Ellen Winston's name in perpetuity.
1986 Guild hired first part-time manager.
1989 Guild opened its first office at Artspace in downtown Raleigh.
1991-1992 The 50th anniversary season. Annual budget $45,000. Season subscription: $50.
1991-1993 General decline in audience size. Guild hired a consultant and developed a strategic plan.
1993 Guild moved its office to 112 South Blount St.
1994-1995 Season Concerts moved to the new Fine Arts Center at Ravenscroft School. Subscriptions increase by 70%.
1999 Sights and Sounds on Sundays series, featuring North Carolina ensembles, debuted at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
2000 Guild created a new three-year strategic plan.
2001 A three-year, $150,000 endowment fund drive announced.
2001-2002 The 60th anniversary season. Annual operating budget $102,350. Season subscription: $75. Masters Series moved to the new A. J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the BTI Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Season opened with the Eroica Trio playing the world premiere of a work commissioned by RCMG for the occasion.

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