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Show Hide text for 1938 volume ( OCR) Text from Pages 1 - 80 of the 1938 volume: “ LIBRARY USE ONLY THE NEUME 1938 PUBLISHED BY THE NEUME BOARD FOR THE CLASS OF 1938 NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS DEDICATION To WARREN STOREY SMITH, To you, we the Class of 1938, dedicate this book with sincere appreciation of your excellent instruction, keen sense of humor, and warm friendship. 2 3 To THE Class of 1938: Perhaps it has not occurred to you just that way, but the young man or woman embarking upon a musical career today may be considered doubly adventurous. The conditions o f life itself, always precarious and uncertain, are more unsettled, more problematical — or so it seems — than ever before. And if politics and economics are in a muddle, music likewise appears not to know which way to turn. A similar period of experimentation at the beginning of the seventeenth century led to a new and infinitely richer art. So we might as well look at the bright side and expect that polytonality and atonality and all the other ' alities and ' isms are not the end of a road but the beginning of one. In the meantime there is always the art of the past; and most of you will devote more of your efforts to cherishing and interpreting our great tonal heritage than you will toward moulding the art of the future. Also, until music again consents to ad- dress itself to the public instead of to the connoisseur or until the public catches up with the modernist composers, the music of the great masters, from Bach to Sibelius, will provide the inspiration and the refreshment, the escape into an ideal world of order and beauty that is so salutary, today. Indeed it might be said that, although his creative stature is perceptibly diminished, the artist, and especially the musician, is of more value to society now than at any time in the past. Thus you will be out in the world not merely as musicians but as ministers, and missionaries; as helpers and healers. Not only will you add to its store of pleasure, you will help it to pre- serve its sanity. May all good fortune attend you. Warren Storey Smith 4 ADMINISTRATION 6 7 FREDERICK S. CONVERSE Dean of the Faculty 8 JULIAN C. HOWE Comptroller 9 10 ELIZABETH C. ALLEN 11 193 8 THE NEUME THE NEUME 19 3 8 193 8 THE NEUME THE NEUME 19 3 8 193 8 E N E U M E THE NEUME Clarence B. Shirley Donald S. Smith 17 19 3 8 RULON Y. ROBISON Sullivan A. Sargent Warren Storey Smith 18 THE NEUME 19 3 8 Hildegarde Berthold Richard Burgin Lucy Dean William Haddon Einar Hansen Stanley Hassell Marcel Lannoye Abdon Laws Haydn Morgan Ruth Conniston-Morize Bower Murphy Theodore Rousseau Carlo Bruno Soresina Charles R. Spaulding Alice H. Stevens Virginia Stickney Lawrence White Robert W. White William L. Whitney Rev. Walter F. Williams William A. Valkenier 19 EUSTACE B. RICE 20 CLASS OF 1938 THE NEUME CANDIDATES FOR DIPLOMA BARBARA M. BENNETT Natick, Massachusetts School Music — Mr. Findlay Conservatory Club; Treasurer of Junior Class; Junior Prom Committee; Student Council ' 38; Assistant Editor of the Neume. Barbara is an extremely pleasing person to know, with always a smile for those she meets. With her integrity, she aspires to leadership. RUBY I. CARR Concord, New Hampshire Voice — Miss Miller Ruby, a vivacious person, possessing a beautiful voice. Best of luck! JULIA M. CRAWFORD Walla Walla, Washington Organ — Mr. Snow Mu Phi Epsilon. Although " Judy " has been with us only a year she is one of the best known and best liked girls in the class. PAULINE YOUNG Nashua, New Hampshire Violin — Mr. Keller Mu Phi Epsilon. " Polly " is quiet, but oh so dependable. Her good natured manner, her sincere appreciation of fine things and her musical ability promise a successful career. 22 THE NEUME 19 3 8 JOHN G. DEMIRJIAN Everett, Massachusetts School Music — Mr. Findlay Art Editor Neume. " Jack " is a conscientious worker in all he undertakes and is a most dependable fellow. Our best wishes go with you. HARRIOT R. EATON Wakefield, Rhode Island Pianoforte — Mr. Coding Mu Phi Epsilon. A girl who has everything — good looks, talent, and best of all a perpetually sweet disposition. MARY E. FITZPATRICK Bridgeton, Maine Pianoforte — Mr. Chaloff Mary is pleasant to meet and nice to know. She cannot help being the ideal music teacher, her chosen profession. RUTH GIBSON New Bedford, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. Goding Mu Phi Epsilon. " Hoot " is strictly an individual in personality, taste and ideas. We admire most of all her sense of humor and natural musical ability. 23 193 8 THE NEUME MARY E. GOLDEN Boston, Massachusetts Voice — Mrs. Stevens Mary has a winning smile and plenty of musical talent. Much success with your singing, Mary! CHARLOTTE S. GOLDFORB Dorchester, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. Gibson Elson Club; Business Manager of Neume; Photograph Committee. Charlotte is a very conscientious worker — this plus her musical ability predicts a most successful future. She has shown her business ability as Business Manager of Neume. ESTHER GOOBER Winthrop, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Miss Robards Esther is sweet and quiet, but underneath her silence there is sincerity and kindness. ALBERT N. HARDY North Adams, Massachusetts Voice — Mrs. Ellis Albert is a voice student of fine ability. Best wishes for the future. 24 THE NEUME VERA E. HENNING East Dedham, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Miss Robards Vera is quiet, obliging, ambitious and pleasant. ADELAIDE C. HUBBARD Brookline, Massachusetts Violoncello — Mr. Zighera Elson Club; Photographic Editor Neume; Student Council ' 37; Class Day Committee; Conservatory Orchestra. Perseverance and courage lead to success. As Adelaide possesses both we wish her much luck in the future. JULIA E. HUBBARD Billerica, Massachusetts School Music — Mr. Findlay Conservatory Club; Secretary Junior Class; Secretary Senior Class; Senior Prom Committee. To know Julie is to know a real student and a true friend. May all her ambitions be realized. LILLIAN JONES Brighton, Massachusetts Voice — Miss Miller Mu Phi Epsilon; Executive Committee; Junior Class; Class Day Committee. Lillian is a friendly sort of person, generally smiling and amiable. 25 193 8 THE NEUME MADELEINE A. KENNEY West Roxbury, Massachusetts Voice — Miss Miller Assistant Subscription Manager Neume; Assistant Treas- urer. Madeleine has plenty of spirit and is liked by all for her candid frankness. MARJORY P. LORING Swampscott, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. CharlofF A quiet member of the senior class, but well liked by all. SALLY LUNN Brookline, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. Goding Sally is always kind, sympathetic and helpful, im- portant qualities for successful teaching. OTTOLEE E. MACOMBER South Portland, Maine Pianoforte — Mr. Goding S. A. L The very deserving winner of this year ' s Mason and Hamlin Contest, a girl to be admired for her ceaseless energy, her true musicianship, and her bright smile. 26 THE NEUME 19 3 8 MARY B. MARSHALL Texarkana, Arkansas Pianoforte — Miss Monaghan Mary is a grand pianist. We feel confident the future will bring success to her. VIOLET M. NARDONE Newton, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. Dean Prom Committee ' 37. " Vi " possesses eyes that sparkle with sincerity and vivacity. MIRIAM E. PALMER Pittsfield, Maine School Music — Mr. Findlay Conservatory Club; Advertising Manager Neume; Student Council ' 38; Ring Committee. " Mim " is one of the busiest members of the class. Her work both as a business woman and as a musician are worthy of fine praise. ETHEL M. POTTS Willboro, New York Pianoforte — Mr. Goodrich Ethel is calm because she is mistress of her subject, the secret of self-possession. 27 THE NEUME SAMUEL QUAGENTI Revere, Massachusetts Violin — Mr. Hamilton Samuel is another of our gifted violinists. Best wishes for a successful future. MARIE A. RIENDEAUX Cambridge, Massachusetts School Music — Mr. Findlay Conservatory Club; Secretary Student Council ' 37; Editor-in-Chief Neume; Executive Committee Conserva- tory Club ' 37- ' 38. " Rie " has made many friends during her four years at school. Her pleasant personality and sincerity are bound to make her a success. She has also shown her business ability as Editor of the Neume. LILLIAN A. ROSEN Dorchester, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. Stevens Elson Club; Class Day Committee. Small hands do not hinder one who has talent like Lillian ' s. DOROTHY L. ROSENBERG Mattapan, Massachusetts Soloists ' Violin — Mr. Hamilton Elson Club; Class Day Committee; Conservatory Or- chestra. With her talent and personality " Dotty " should go far. 28 THE NEUME ESTHER RUBIN Jamacia Plain, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. Gibson Elson Club. Esther is liked by all who know her for her sincerity and good humor. BARBARA F. RUSSELL Waterbury, Connecticut Pianoforte- -Miss Monaghan Barbara is an industrious person and a capable pianist. VIRGINIA SMALLEY East Boothbay, Maine Pianoforte — Mr. Coding Alpha Chi Omega. Tall, auburn haired, full of fun and musical. Hei friendliness, impartiality, her sense of humor, her ap- preciation and rendition of fine music, all make " Ginny " a good classmate. WILMONT N. TRUMBULL Worcester, Massachusetts School Music — Mr. Findlay Student Council ' 38; President Senior Class; Kappa Gamma Psi. " Will, " one of the most active members of the class, has always shown his faithful spirit by his willingness to support all activities. Good luck in the future, " Will " . 29 193 8 THE NEUME JANE Y. VEASEY Pocomoke City, Maryland Pianoforte — Mr. Stevens S. A. I.; Secretary Student Council ' 38. Small of stature, a serious musician with a wonderful disposition. Her popularity does not wane. GILDA M. VENDITTI Worcester, Massachusetts School Music — Mr. Findlay Conservatory Club; Vice-President of Junior Class; Ring Committee; Vice-President of Senior Class; Junior Prom Committee. Gilda is one of the more serious minded members of the class, possessing a most likeable personality. VIRGINIA O. VINCENT Concord, New Hampshire Pianoforte — Mr. Goding A little girl who is a serious piano student. We wish her success in the future. HELEN L. WILKINSON Morton, New York Organ — Mr. Humphrey Mu Phi Epsilon; Subscription Manager of Neume. Helen is a little girl who plays a great big organ; and can she play Franck, Bach and Widor! 30 THE NEUME 19 3 8 ISIS AL-HUDA Egypt Vocal Normal Course — Mr. Whitney Isis is a very pleasing person to know. May success always be hers. GILBERT R. BOYER Randolph, Massachusetts Soloists Pianoforte — Mrs. Mason Gilbert is one of our most industrious and diligent pianists. He always has our best wishes. ENID R. COLEMAN Boston, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. Dennee Enid is friendly but quiet. We wish her the very best of luck in the future. MARYBELLE FULTON Spokane, Washington Pianoforte — Mr. Goding Mary is sincere and a diligent worker. This combined with a smile and a pleasing personality is sure to lead to success. ISAAC L. HIBBERD Cambridge, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. McManus Isaac is a serious worker. We wish him success in the future. MARY A. McMANUS Cambridge, Massachusetts Pianoforte — Mr. Smith Mary has a very pleasing personality. We feel confident the future will bring success to her. GERALD A. RANNEY Ashfield, Maine Voice — Miss Miller Ring Committee; Class Day Com- mittee. Gerald is a musician of fine ability. 31 THE NEUME CANDIDATES FOR DEGREE BACHELOR OF MUSIC % f JOSEPHINE N. COSCIA Revere, Massachusetts School Music — Mr. Findlay Senior Prom Committee. " Joe, " a worker and a student, yet always cooperative and willing to share class duties. GERMAINE BARRE Fall River, Massachusetts Research — Mr. Furness Mu Phi Epsilon. Germaine is an ambitious student with a pleasing contralto voice. CHARLES BOY Everett, Massachusetts School Music — Mr. Findlay Charles is congenial as well as talented, fident he will be successful. We feel con- NORMAN B. DICKINSON Newport, New Hampshire School Music — Mr. Findlay Kappa Gamma Psi; President Kappa Gamma Psi; Student Council; Treasurer of Senior Class. Norman is a worker and musician of fine ability. Much success in the future. 32 THE NEUME 19 3 8 EVELYN DUNCANSON Wolfville, Nova Scotia Voice — Mr. Robison Evelyn has a very pleasing soprano voice. Pleasant prospects in the future. CHRISTINE M. KIRBY Chestertown, New York School Music — Mr. Findlay Conservatory Club; Student Council; Executive Com- mittee Junior Class. A girl with a hundred interests, Music, Art, Science and Literature, being only a few of them. " Chris " has a keen sense of humor and is popular with all the students. GRACE McCREARY Belmont, Massachusetts Pianoforte— -Mr. Sanroma Grace is a brilliant and conscientious student. We wish her success in all her undertakings. HELEN SPEAR Fort Fairfield, Maine Research — Mr. Furness Helen is one of the more serious minded students of the class, yet has real talent and fine determination. 33 193 8 THE NEUME VIRGINIA LEAHY Bristol, Rhode Island Pianoforte — Mr. Goding Virginia ' s musical ability is well known. Keen appreciation and ex- cellent talent make her one of our able musicians. MARY PLONK Kings Mountain, North Carolina Research — Mr. Furness We are happy to have known Mary Plonk, as she delves into the subject of musical research. REV. FAN NOLI Boston, Massachusetts Composition — Mr. Smith Rev. Fan Noli is a man of brilliant character and a linguist. We have en- joyed his helpful interpretation in the class room. EDNA RUSSELL Jewell, Kansas Research — Mr. Furness Conservatory Orchestra. Edna is one of the faithful members of our orchestra. We wish her success in the future. ELEANOR STEBER Wheeling, West Virginia Voice — Mr. Whitney We are proud of Eleanor ' s attain- ments. Her voice is enjoyed over radio, in church, and on the concert stage. We know greater success awaits her. 34 THE NEUME 19 3 8 NEUME STAFF OFFICERS Editor in Chief . Assistant . Business Manager Advertising Manager . Photography Manager Subscription Manager . Assistant . Art Editor Ex-Officio Marie A. Riendeaux Barbara Bennett Charlotte Goldforb . Miriam Palmer Adelaide Hubbard Madeleine Kenney Helen Wilkinson John Demirjian WiLMONT Trumbull 35 193 8 THE NEUME THE CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA (As of April 1, 1938) First Violins Brockman, Frances Grouse, Elizabeth S. Ruggiero, Louis Driver, Mary T. Hinckley, Lydia V. Sortwell, Elisabeth Rosenberg, Dorothy Churchill, Dorothy Corsaro, Frank Russell, Edna Douglass, William Robinson, Rhoda Sawyer, Mary Lanier, Sterling Sodersjerna, Norman Blankenship, Leone Second Violins Chapman, Florence E. Cardosa, John Soule, Alfred L. Smith, Florence Johns, Richard Popielarz, Edward Hollander, Miriem Martin, Margaret Weinrebe, Robert Seely, Albert Ohanian, John Nassi, Albert Avakian, Anna Nicoloff, George Tibbetts, Paul Violas Prangoulis, Basil Sanfilippo, Alfred Wiener, Simon Freiwald, Arthur F. Chairman, Arnold Alpert, Victor Shells, Marjorie E. Van Ham, Harry Battencourt, Constance Visscher, Arlington Violoncellos Elder, Leigh Hubbard, Adelaide Brannen, Weston L. Jump, Dorothea R. Winograd, Arthur Olson, Norma Jean Nye, Harriet Andress, Ruth Lamp, Karl Bacon, Virginia Payton Contrabasses Kunze, Max O., Instructor Hassell, Stanley G. Alvord, Margaret G. Currier, Woodbury Jennings, Fay Peabody, Melvin Grossman, Edward Harp Hall, Olivia Flutes McKenzie, Robert Hall, Malcolm Martinson, Priscilla Oboes Lenom, Clement, Instructor Tourtellotte, Oscar Carney, Mary English Horn Lenom, Clement, Instructor Clarinets Cardillo, Pasquale Velardo, Joseph Kuniholm, Chester 36 THE NEUME 19 3 8 THE CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA (Continued) Bass Clarinet Livingstone, Dugald Bassoons Filler, Boaz, Instructor Bennett, Clyde A. Feldman, Harold S. Abrams, Samuel Trombones Herzmark, Alvin M Ladieu, Raymond J. Brown, Russell Hassell, Stanley G. Bass Tuba Mauricci, Vincent Horns Valkenier, Willem, Instructor Waldron, Frederick Freni, Joseph Saibel, Melvin Meyers, Louis Searle, Edward E., Jr. Padmore, G. F. Trumpets Silverman, Herbert Bemis, Frank H erforth, Harry Sampson, Phyllis G. Tympani Gilbert, Philmore Percussion White, Lawrence, Instructor Leavitt, Joseph McNeill, Dowell P. Strassburg, Robert Di Stefano, Victor Stronach, Ralph Librarian Hassell, Stanley G. 37 38 ACTIVITIES 193 8 THE NEUME Laura Huxtable Porter ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFICERS President ........ Mrs. F. Addison Porter First Vice-President ......... William Haddon Second Vice-President ....... Frances Baker Settle Treasurer ......... Stanley G. Hassell Financial Secretary ........ Dowell P. McNeill Recording Secretary ......... Albert S. Heald Corresponding Secretary ........ Margaret Allen Auditor .......... Francis M. Findlay The object of this association is to perpetuate and intensify in its members their fidelity to their Alma Mater, and to bind them together in a spirit of true friendship and mutual helpfulness; to assist worthy students by the establishment of a loan fund, free scholarships and prizes; to aid in the endowment of professorships when these helps shall become practicable; to assist one another and to further the cause of true art. 40 THE NEUME 19 3 8 PI KAPPA LAMBDA-IOTA CHAPTER President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Financial Chairman Executive Council Floyd B. Dean Stanley Hassell norine robards Homer Humphrey Percy Hunt Gladys Pitcher, Harold Schwab, Francis Findlay Pi Kappa Lambda, honorary musical society, was founded at the School of Music of Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, in 1919- Iota Chapter was installed at the New England Conservatory in 1928. Pi Kappa Lambda is a musical society corresponding to Phi Beta Kappa. Possession of its key is evidence of superior musicianship and accomplishment. " This society is established to provide an or- ganization dedicated to the furtherance of musical education. Its prime object is the encouragement of eminent achievement in performance or original composition. To that end, special emphasis is placed upon the maintenance of a curriculum so de- signed as to insure the utmost development in the applied branches of the art. " Outstanding members of the upper fourth of the graduating class and faculty members of five years standing are eligible for membership. Iota Chapter boasts such names in American music as George W. Chadwick, Frederick S. Converse, Arthur Foote, Wallace Goodrich, Stuart Mason, and many other distinguished faculty members and successful alumni. 41 193 8 THE NEUME SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS President Wilmont Trumbull Vice-President ......... Gilda Venditti Secretary ........... Julia Hubbard Treasurer .......... Norman Dickinson Assistant Treasurer ........ Madeleine Kenney 42 THE NEUME 19 3 8 JUNIOR CLASS OFFICERS President .......... Herbert Silverman Vice-President .......... Robert Steele Secretary ........... Nancy Young Treasurer ........... Victor Alpert 43 193 8 THE NEUME UNDER CLASS OFFICERS President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Joseph Ahern Arthur D ' Onofrio Eleanor Strong Esther Seaverns 44 THE NEUME 19 3 8 STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS President ......... Herbert Silverman Vice-President .......... Ida Bardwell Secretary ............ Jane Veasey Treasurer ......... Wilmont Trumbull Executive Committee Member ....... Joseph Ahern 45 193 8 THE NEUME President . Vice-President Secretary . Treasurer . Executive Board CONSERVATORY CLUB OFFICERS Margaret Cowing Christine Kirby Helen Tomasek Delphine Colby GiLDA Vendetti, Marie Riendeaux Phoebe Allen Marion Batchelder Barbara Bennett Irene Binder Ruth Browne ACTIVE MEMBERS Gail Cowan Cecile Healy Julia Hubbard Mary Ludko Margaret Martin Miriam Palmer Evelyn Richards Doris Russell Sally Sunderland Margaret Tower Alii Tyback 46 THE NEUME 19 3 8 ELSON CLUB President . Vice-President Treasurer . Secretary Corresponding Secretary Adelaide Hubbard Charlotte Goldforb Helen L. Cohen Ruth Kratman Elsie M. Herwitz May Cohen Lillian Kaplow Lillian A. Rosen ACTIVE MEMBERS Dorothy Rosenberg Esther Rubin Edythe Salvin Jeannette Shapiro Alice Stahl The Elson Club was founded many years ago to commemorate the name of Louis C. Elson. Its purposes are musical and social. Each year a scholarship is given to one of its members. A concert is given each year in the spring. 47 193 8 THE NEUME ALPHA CHI OMEGA-ZETA CHAPTER OFFICERS President Vice-President . Treasurer Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary Lyre Editor Diana Oliver Virginia Luper Ethel Hill Harriet MacFarland Elizabeth Creamer Katherine Batten Virginia Baker Lucille Chandler ACTIVE MEMBERS Virginia Knight Martha Small Virginia Smalley 48 THE NEUME 19 3 8 MU PHI EPSILON-BETA CHAPTER President Vice-President Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary Treasurer Warden . Historian Chaplain Chorister Mary M. Carney Pauline Young Lillian Jones Emelia Anderson Ruth Austen Ella Fiorentino Mary McGann Emily Ellis Helen Wilkinson Germaine Barre Marjorie Chadwick Edna Comstock Peggy Clark ACTIVE MEMBERS Julia Crawford Clara DeMattia Harriot Eaton Ruth Gibson Florence Holland Betty Pinkham Esther Pope 49 193 8 THE NEUME KAPPA GAMMA PSI-ALPHA CHAPTER OFFICERS President First Vice-President Second Vice-President Treasurer Recording Secretary . Assistant Corresponding Secretary Sergeant-at-Arms Chaplain Historian Trustee . Norman Dickinson Ross Turner John Ohanian Paul Giuliana . Joseph Ahern Darwin Carroll John Ohanian Arthur Brault, Jr. Robert MacKenzie William Flygare Bower Murphy Kappa Gamma Psi Fraternity was founded at New England Conservatory of Music in 1913. Since then it has become national in scope and has established chap- ters in the leading schools and colleges of the country. The aims of this fraternity are: To encourage the sincere and earnest study of music; to promote and dignify the musical profession; to establish closer relations between musicians and music schools; to work the development of music in America. Kappa Gamma Psi is proud to include among its honorary members the names of: Harold Bauer Philip Clapp Pablo Casals George Eastman Ralph L. Flanders Ossip Gabrilowitsch Philip Hale Agide Jacchia Fritz Kreisler Leo R. Lewis Ignace Paderewski W. R. Spalding Lawrence Tibbett William L. Whitney 50 THE NEUME 19 3 8 SIGMA ALPHA IOTA-LAMBDA CHAPTER OFFICERS President Vice-President . Secretary . Assistant Secretary Treasurer Chaplain Editor Sergeant-at-Arms Dorothy Drummond Elizabeth Wilson . Jane Veasey Ottolee Macomber Gretchen Kinder Elizabeth Golden Alice Gilman Dorothy Kleeb Genevieve Carter Agnia Egoroff Erma Erickson Guglielmina Fiorentino ACTIVE MEMBERS Vera Henning Dorothea Jump Clara Mitchell Mariorie Nesbit Edna Russell Helen Ruse Clara Shedd Marjorie Shells 51 19 3 8 THE NEUME PHI MU ALPHA SINFONIA-ALPHA CHAPTER OFFICERS President . Vice-President Secretary Treasurer . Corresponding Secretary Alfred L. Soule . William E. Cathcart Thomas T. Watkins Malcolm Hall T. Burns Langworthy Humbert© Andrade Willis Dutra ACTIVE MEMBERS Henry Grzybala Harvey Loveless William Terrell In 1898 there was founded at the New England Conservatory of Music an or- ganization known as the Sinfonia Club. Incorporated in 1909 as the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, it has since expanded to include fifty-two Chapters. Having as its purpose the advancement of music in America, Sinfonia has striven to encourage its members to greater efforts by the awarding of scholarships and prizes. To increase the familiarity of its members with American music, each chapter offers an annual concert of American compositions. In addition to this, there are presented each year informal concerts of various works, and members are urged to contribute to the public concerts and recitals of the school. The fraternity also affords an oppor- tunity for recreation by its numerous social events. 52 DRAMATICS LITERATURE 193 8 THE NEUME DRAMATICS PROGRAMME (Jordan Hall, December 10 and 11, 1937) I. " BOBBO " (First performance on any stage) A fantasy in one scene dramatized by Clayt on D. Gilbert from a story by Thomas Wharton. CHARACTERS Punchinello (M. Tavernier) .... Pierrot (M. Brebant) ..... Pantaloon (M. Mueller) .... Harlequin (M. Gervais) ..... Columbine (Mme. Jolifroy) .... Domino Noir (Mme. Gaudrion) Pierrette (Mile. Adele) ..... Judge (M. Doblay) ..... Gendarme (M. Paul) ..... Spectators of the court Scene: A magistrate ' s court in Paris II. TWO SCENES FROM " ROMANCE " A drama by Edward Sheldon (Produced by special arrangement with Walter Baker Co. of Boston) CHARACTERS Madame Margherita Cavallini ...... Doris Gilbert Tom Armstrong Frank Rossi Mr. Van Tuyl ......... Ivard Strauss Scene: A room in Mr. Van Tuyl ' s home in old New York There is a lapse of several weeks between the two scenes Arnold Tourjee Russell Perham Claude Brown Lionel Wyatt Rosalie Belletti Ruth Murphy Ruth Carrel Charles Zambello Frank Rossi 54 THE NEUME 19 3 8 III. " THE BOATSWAIN ' S MATE " A one act opera in two scenes by Dame Ethel Smyth This was the first performance in this country and was produced by special per- mission of Dame Ethel Smyth, the famous English composer. CHARACTERS Harry Benn, ex-Boatswain Ned Travers, ex-soldier . Mrs. Waters, landlady of " The Beehive " Mary Ann, a servant girl A Policeman (who does not sing) Two cats (behind the scenes) Place: England Accompanist — Gertrude G. Brailey MUSICAL PROGRAM Glinka ....... Overture to Russian and Ludmilla Kern ........ Selection from Music in the Air Arnold Chaitman .... Serenade for a Lady in a Penthouse JoHANN Strauss, Jr. .... Perpetual Motion, a Musical Scherzo Josef Strauss ....... Waltz, Music of the Spheres Scenery and Properties by the Scenic Art Studios Lighting under the d irection of R. T. Ayers Costumes furnished by Hayden Costumers Starting with the second semester. Dramatic Recitals are given every Friday at 2.00 P.M. in Recital Hall. These are under the direction of Clayton Gilbert and are staged by Ivard Strauss. The orchestra is under the direction of Louis Ruggiero. Benjamin Russell Lewis Schwatlo Mildred Messer Eileen McGorty William Flygare 55 193 8 THE NEUME LITERARY WALT WHITMAN IN AN AGE OF DOUBT Walt Whitman has been called " The Evangelist of Democracy " . It happens that Walt Whitman ' s ideas are fairly familiar to me because I have been reading him pretty steadily for twenty years, and studying his ideas critically for ten years. Yet when people ask, as they often do nowadays, " what would Walt Whitman have to say about present conditions in our world? " I am puzzled as to how to answer. A short time ago Professor Louise Pound wrote upon this point, " Whitman was overflowing with a kind of vast patriarchal love that embraced continents, nature, all humanity, even future generations ... he had not only national sympathies and enthusiasms but developed cosmopolitan sympathies and enthusiasms too. Had Whitman lived into the twentieth century, he would have been disappointed in the great and distinctive race of which he dreamed. The new race was to be self-reliant, proud, yet linked by tolerance and comradeship. What would Whitman think of Americans on the dole, and of present-day attacks on the democracy ( ' the fervid and tremendous idea ' ) of which he had so roseate a vision? I repeat that Whitman would have been disappointed. " (Saturday Review of Literature, December 21, 1935-) I think that any close reader of Whitman will be inclined to agree with Pro- fessor Pound. But still that does not really answer the question, which bothers so many of us today, as to how to reconcile the purposes and methods of that democracy which, like Whitman, we cherish so dearly, with the needs of a rapidly changing world. What would Whitman advocate as a means of establishing social security? He stated that he was " opposed to socialism " , in his day. But he also made many a bold stroke for the stand that truth can never be once-for-all delivered, and that it is the only sane policy for an intelligent person to be looking always for the new fact of truth that is lurking just around the corner. He would have agreed with Goethe that " The Ever-changing Ever-becoming " ideal is the way of growth and development. Another respect in which Whitman tallies Goethe is his firm belief that only by encouraging each individual to develop to the highest the peculiar endowment of his own Self can humanity as a whole progress. There is much skepticism being voiced today as to whether this principle can be made the basis of a culture under modern conditions. Rousseau ' s proposition that civilization rests upon an implicit social contract through which the state is created by and for the individual is being challenged on all sides by the ever advancing theory of the " corporate state " — that the individual exists for the state! I should like to think that you who have known me in my classes, and as my friends, will be equipped, through our talks together here in the Conservatory, to begin your active professional musical career with a fair working knowledge of what our best American minds have to offer you in the way of " collateral " to help you by way of stimulus, or of actual knowledge and wisdom. Certainly among the writers that I should like to bring each of you in vital contact with, Walt Whitman stands near the head of the list. A working knowledge of his books is the best " com- mencement " endowment I could bestow. 56 THE NEUME 19 3 8 As to certain writings by Whitman that you may like to read to get light on our present problems: Try the poem " Years of the Modern " and envision with him the " more august dramas " that he felt to be America ' s destined contribution. . . . " I see that force advancing with irresistible power on the world ' s stage. I see Freedom, completely arm ' d and victorious! I see the frontiers and boundaries of the old aristocracies broken, . . . I see this day the people beginning their landmarks, (all others give way:) Never were such sharp questions ask ' d as this day. Never was average man, his soul more energetic, more like a God! Or rake " Song of the Exposition, " that he originally wrote in 1871 for the Fortieth Annual Exhibition of the American Institute in New York. There you will find his dignified conception of Labor, and the potential mass culture which we are now striving so hard to foster. When Whitman re-issued this poem for the Cen- tennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, he accompanied it with this prophetic note, seeming to apply especially to present day conditions and problems: " Struggling steadily to the front, not only on the spirit of Opinion, govern- ment, and the like, but in due time, in the Artistic also, we see actual operative Labor and Laborers, with Machinery, Inventions, Farms, Products, etc., pressing to place our time, over the Whole Civilized World. Holding these by the hand, we see . . . The Muse (radiating, representing, under its various expressions, as in every age and land, the healthiest, most heroic Humanity, common to all, fusing all) entering the demesnes of the New World, as twin and sister of our Democracy — at any rate we will so invite Her, here and now — to permanently infuse in daily Foils, and be infused bv them. " Do not fail to read also the poems " The Answerer, " " Thou Mother with Thy Equal Brood, " " Europe, the 72nd and 73rd Years of the States, " " Song of the Broad-Axe. " But most of all read, mark and digest Whitman ' s most satisfying prose essay, " Democratic Vistas. " There is expressed and compressed the whole faith of the man. It is at the same time a " Credo " for the future, and an indictment of the present. Certain passages read almost as if written in 1938. However dark the prospect that is presented by Whitman ' s scathing analysis of our shortcomings in that work, the total effect is inspiriting. Take this with you as his thought on the part that music, your chosen avenue of expression, is to play in America ' s future: " Then music, the combiner, nothing more spiritual, nothing more sensuous, a god, yet completely human, advances, prevails, holds highest place; supplying in certain wants and quarters what nothing else could supply — " Clifton J. Furness, Supervisor of Academic Studies Note: We have the honor to announce that, as Mr. Furness has been engaged for many years in writing a definitive biographv of Walt Whitman, the Carnegie Foundation, through a grant made by the American Council of Learned Societies, has awarded him sufficient funds to complete this important work. 57 1938 THENEUME CLASS PROPHECY By Christine Kirby California April, 1958 Dear Diary: At last we are going to leave this Land of Sunshine and Oranges. Whether you know it or not, my pet, we start on our trip around the world tomorrow. We are going up the Pacific coast first. Better finish your packing tonight. April 20, 1958 — Wired ahead for Judy Crawford to meet me at the station in Walla Walla, Wash, this morning. In addition to being a member of the faculty of Whitman College, she devotes her spare time to introducing new compositions of little-known composers to the residents of Walla Walla. And she still doesn ' t see anything funny about that name. April 21, 1958 — We certainly are zig-zagging across the country, aren ' t we? Violet Nardone believes that she has discovered the forty-ninth Prelude and Fugue of the Well-Tempered Clavichord way down here in Phoenix, Arizona. Must have been deleted by the editor up until now. I didn ' t find out how either of them got down in this corner of the world, but Violet is all adither about her find. April 23, 1958 — Kansas. Went through Edna Russell ' s home town and found her family entertaining Betty Golden. It seems that Edna had invited Betty for a visit and forgot to mention that she was teaching at a university in Chile, South America. April 24, 1958 — The Music Educators National Conference is being held in St. Louis and this week Marie Riendeaux and Gilda Venditti were holding forth on Junior High School Music when I dropped in. Both have made names for them- selves in the educational world. April 25, 1958 — Had several hours to kill in Chicago this afternoon. Stopped in at the Palmer Advertising, Inc. Mim has given up her music except as a hobby, diversion, avocation, or what-have-you. Ethel Potts also has given up music and has turned sculptress. There will be an exhibit of her things here next week. April 26, 1958 — Buffalo. Phoned Helen Wilkinson at her place in Rochester between trains. She has lots of pupils, including three who study organ-tuning. April 27, 1958 — Boston. We ' re going to be here for several days, Diary old chap. You should have gone to Symphony with me tonight instead of sitting around that drug store (name omitted because of advertising principles). New faces — and some old ones. Lydia Hinckley is playing with them now. . . . Met Mary Fitzpat- rick in the Conservatory this afternoon. She ' s teaching in Maine, but comes down every Saturday for a piano lesson. April 28, 1958 — Boston. Concert by the Boston Women ' s Symphony Or- chestra, Julie Hubbard conducting. Polly Young is the concert-master or mistress. Julie has developed a fine orchestra within a short time. Josephine Coscia was at the concert — she brought her Musical Appreciation class from Revere along with her. April 29, 1958 — Boston. Finally saw the extremely busy Ruth Gibson of Gibson Real Estate today. Hoot hasn ' t changed a bit: she wanted me to play with her and I finally had to buy a house to please her. After today ' s experience I ' m convinced that there ' s a future in real estate for her. . . . Received letters from two of my 58 THE NEUME 19 3 8 classmates today: Virginia Leahy, who went to India right after graduation for six months and stayed to educate the natives in the finer arts, and Virginia Smalley, who is in Paris right at the present and buying clothes; V.S. still hates Europe and plans to come home on the next boat. April 30, 1958 — Boston. Grace McCreary just returned from London raving about Germaine Barre ' s new play entitled " The Gilt Halo " . Germaine has been making her home in London for the past few years, claiming that it is the only at- mosphere in which she can work. . . . Made inquiries for Barbara Bennett and found that she is organizing toy orchestras throughout Africa. She has been especially enthusiastic about her work since the alto, tenor, and bass Saxettes were devel- oped. . . Picked up a coffee company ' s broadcast from New York tonight: the feature was Quagenti and his Violin. Incidently, we ' re leaving for New York tomorrow. April 26, 1958 — New York. Diary, guess who was the first person I saw in New York. Isis Al-Huda! She ' s in the consular service now, representing her native Egypt. . . I visited the new Radio City and attended a broadcast by the trio com- posed of Adelaide Hubbard, Lillian Rosen, and Dorothy Rosenberg. . . . They were followed by Harriet Eaton and her sophisticated piano. Her program included a number by the Rev. Fan Noli, who, although he is in Albania now, still finds time to compose and has adopted the modern American idiom. . . . Noticed that the hotel in Honolulu which the travel agency recommends is managed by Lillian Jones. April 27, 1958 — New York. Matinee at the Metropolitan Opera this afternoon. Eleanor Steber was the star. I sat next to Gerald Ranney: he was still wondering if he did the right thing about those rings for the Class of 1938. Backstage Eleanor told me that Helen Spear is with the Carnegie Foundation now doing research. Ap- parently she never recovered from the strain of her thesis, because she has had several of her books published. . . . Tonight I went to Ottolee Macomber ' s recital which was a huge success. . . . After that, supper at one of the leading hotels. Just which four people do you think popped up at intermission? Answer: A novelty quartet — Gilbert Boyer at the Piano, as might well be expected; Jack Demirjian at the Drums; Bill Trumbull with his Flute; and Charlie Boy with a Tuba. At least they were dif- ferent. Norman Dickinson, who is the president of a musical instrument company, came in and tried to convince them that all they needed to amount to something was one of his new stream-lined, knee-action, floating power, quick-acting, electric Zylophones. April 28, 1958 — New York. Dear Diary; We are going to leave this city of Fame and Defame tomorrow. Whether you know it or not, my pet, we are not going on a trip around the world; we are going back to Boston to hear the final Symphony concert of this season. I understand they are going to do Brahms ' First. And then there will be Pops. Anyway, someone has to live in that house we were sold. And who knows? — I might enter the Conservatory. 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