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Florence Kopleff:

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
404-413-2880
archives@gsu.edu

July 2014



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-12-05T14:46-0500
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator:Kopleff, Florence
Title: Florence Kopleff papers
Dates: Bulk, 1930-1998
Dates: 1900-2012
Quantity: 14.5 Linear feet
Abstract:The Florence Kopleff papers contain rich documentation of the contralto's professional life as a performer, member of the Robert Shaw Chorale and associate of Shaw's, and as a vocal teacher, 1938-2012. The papers consist primarily of printed material, including concert programs, publicity material such as press kits and posters, articles, as well as sheet music, 1900-1993.
Identification: M224
Language: English

Organization of the Records


Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Florence Kopleff papers contain rich documentation of the contralto's professional life as a performer, member of the Robert Shaw Chorale and associate of Shaw's, and as a vocal teacher, 1938-2012. The papers consist primarily of printed material, including concert programs, publicity material such as press kits and posters, articles, as well as sheet music, 1900-1993. The papers contain personal mementos including Kopleff's high school yearbooks, records related to the professional activities of the Shaw Chorale such as tour itineraries, cue sheets and stage directions for musical performances, and material documenting Kopleff's career at Georgia State University in Atlanta. The papers also include some correspondence, legal documents such as contracts, and creative works including writings and drawings. Material related to Robert Shaw, the Collegiate Choral and the Shaw Chorale, and Shaw's career in Atlanta form a separate series. Photographs, sound recordings, audiovisual recordings, and artifacts also comprise the papers.


Biography of Florence Kopleff

Contralto Florence Kopleff was a celebrated American concert singer. Born in New York City on May 2, 1924, she was an experienced performer by the time she graduated high school. She met the choral conductor Robert Shaw (1916-1999) in 1941 when she auditioned for his Collegiate Chorale, and joined the Robert Shaw Chorale upon its founding in 1948. The Robert Shaw Chorale, one of the first American professional choirs not affiliated with another organization, had a prolific recording and performing career. In addition to being a frequent soloist, Florence Kopleff assisted with secretarial and recordkeeping duties for the organization. She considered Shaw her most important artistic, professional, and personal mentor.

Florence Kopleff made her solo debut in New York in 1954 and developed a distinguished reputation as a singer of oratorios, appearing and recording with such conductors as George Szell, Charles Munch, Fritz Reiner and Eugene Ormandy, while continuing her work with the Shaw Chorale. She was featured on two of the Shaw Chorale's Grammy-winning recordings during the 1960s. From 1967 until 1988, Shaw served as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In 1968, Kopleff was invited to serve as artist-in-residence for the University System of Georgia. She stayed in Atlanta, serving as a Professor of Voice and Artist-in-Residence at Georgia State University until her retirement in 1998, and working with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (founded by Shaw in 1970). A respected instructor and mentor at Georgia State, Kopleff received the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award in 1982, and, in 2004, the university’s recital hall was renamed in her honor. She passed away on July 24, 2012.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Georgia State University. School of Music
Shaw, Robert, 1916-1999
Conductors (Music)
Contraltos
Women singers
Atlanta (Ga.)
programs (documents)
scores

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], Florence Kopleff Papers, M224, Popular Music and Culture Collection. Special Collections and Archives Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Georgia State University School of Music to the Georgia State University Archives, November 2, 2013. Transferred to the Popular Music and Culture Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, June-July 2014.


Separated Material

Separated Materials List

Separated to Special Collections Book Collection
Daniel, Peggy. Tanglewood: A Group Memoir. New York, NY: Amadeus Press, 2008.
Gilbert, W. S. 1836-1911., Arthur Sullivan, and D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Authentic Libretti of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas: As Presented By the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company During Their American Season. [2d ed.]. New York: Bass Publishers, 1935.
Marlboro Music, 1951-1975: The First Twenty-Five Years : Programs 1951-1975. Marlboro, Vt: Marlboro Music School and Festival, 1976.
Snyder, J M, and Derek Delaney. Marlboro Music: Collected Concert Programs : the First Fifty Years. Marlboro, Vt: Marlboro Music School and Festival, 2000.


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