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The Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Baltic Choral Music Col­lec­tion is the first collection of its kind in the United States and is pro­vided in hopes of cre­at­ing greater access for Amer­i­can choral musi­cians to the wealth of these musi­cal tra­di­tions. The col­lec­tion is housed in the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Music Library. Browse the Baltic Choral Music data­base here.
UW Choir Singers
The UW Choral Library is an exten­sive col­lec­tion of nearly 1,500 indi­vid­ual pieces, major works, and pub­lished col­lec­tions. The library cat­a­log may be accessed here or by vis­it­ing the Choral Library. The cat­a­log is a work in progress.
Students listening to recordings in the Ethno Archives
Since 1963 the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy Archives has col­lected ethno­graphic data in the form of field record­ings, live con­cert record­ings, films and videos of a vari­ety of musi­cal events, and musi­cal instru­ments. The col­lec­tion of nearly 10,000 tapes and discs is avail­able for lis­ten­ing; depend­ing on deposit agree­ments, copies of some mate­ri­als may be obtained by researchers.
Per­form­ing group Thikundwi kha Sialala
In 1973 John Blacking’s How Musical Is Man? was published by University of Washington Press. Blacking, an English anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, had been invited to the University of Washington as a Jessie and John Danz Lecturer in 1971, and his series of talks became the basis for this published work. How Musi­cal Is Man? explores the role of music in society and culture and, conversely, the role of culture and society in music. Blacking draws on his field research with the Venda people of the Northern Transvaal, South Africa as well as his own musical background to demonstrate the relationships between patterns of sound and patterns of human organization inherent to all societies.
Example instruments in the Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection
The Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy program houses over 400 musi­cal instru­ments from around the world. Each year since the found­ing of the Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy pro­gram in 1962, one or more inter­na­tional artists have been invited to the cam­pus to share their musi­cal tra­di­tions through teach­ing and per­for­mance. The musi­cal instru­ment col­lec­tion has grown over the years as the result of these res­i­den­cies, and its make-up reflects the instru­men­tal tra­di­tions of the artists who have been our guests. Addi­tional dona­tions have expanded the col­lec­tion to its present size.
Vi Hilbert
Voices of the First Peo­ple is a project cre­ated to honor the life and work of Vi Hilbert by mak­ing acces­si­ble audio and video record­ings that are part of the Vi Hilbert Col­lec­tion in the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy Archives. It is a project of North­west Her­itage Resources in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy Archives and Lushoot­seed Research. Jill La Pointe, grand­daugh­ter of Vi Hilbert and pres­i­dent of Lushoot­seed Research, has acted as project advi­sor.