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Finding Aid for the Pamela Gearhart Papers, 1956-1993

Mus. Arc. 33

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library


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Finding aid prepared by Gabrielle A. Carlo.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Gabrielle A. Carlo June 2012.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using DACS ( Describing Archives: A Content Standard ).

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Collection Overview

Title: Pamela Gearhart Papers, 1956-1993
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 33
Creator: Gearhart, Pamela
Extent: 6 boxes (392 folders)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: The Pamela Gearhart Papers contain a biographical summary, curriculum vitae, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and programs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Pamela Gearhart Papers, 1956-1993, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Pamela Gearhart 2007; additions received in 2015 as a gift from the estate of Pamela Gearhart.

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

Processing Information

Processed by Gabrielle A. Carlo 2012; additions processed by John Bewley 2017.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Pamela Gearhart (née Gerhart) was born July 21, 1934 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. She began her musical training with her father, violinist and conductor, Russell Gerhart. Russell Gerhart studied violin with Ralph Lewando, Carl Malcherek, Elias Breeskin, and Mischa Mischakoff. He studied conducting with Serge Koussevitsky at the Berkshire Music Center. Gerhart and his wife Martha formed the Gerhart String Ensemble in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which grew into the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. He also served as conductor of the Saint Louis Philharmonic and Huntsville (Alabama) Civic Symphony.

When Pamela Gearhart was fifteen she began five years of study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her violin teachers before and after her years at Curtis were Mischa Mischakoff, Joseph Knitzer, Ivan Galamian and Efrem Zimbalist. While at Curtis she performed in the Curtis Orchestra under conductors Alexander Hilsberg and William Smith, and studied chamber music performance with Karen Tuttle and Marcel Tabuteau.

Gearhart was appointed faculty member in the University of Buffalo Music Department in 1957. Initially she was hired as a part-time instructor in violin but eventually assumed other duties, including conducting the university's orchestra and directing the program in chamber music performance. She continued to work at the University at Buffalo until 1975. Pamela Gearhart married fellow University at Buffalo music faculty member Livingston Gearhart in 1955. They were frequent collaborators on programs and projects. Livingston wrote many musical arrangements geared specifically to the pedagogical needs of Pamela's ensembles. Many of these arrangements and compositions survive in the Livingston Gearhart Score Collection.

While in Buffalo Gearhart also served as conductor of the Community Music School of Buffalo's youth orchestra 1959-1977. The membership in the orchestra grew from ten to more than one hundred while she was conductor. Her credentials as a music educator also include work on the faculty at Villa Maria Institute of Music (Buffalo) 1963-1965, serving for six years as Alexander Schneider's assistant for the University at Buffalo's String Institute, numerous positions as guest conductor and judge at music festivals, and director of the Youth Makes Music String Workshop (Huntsville, Alabama). After leaving the University at Buffalo she joined the faculty at Ithaca College where she taught 1975-1993. In 1980 she founded the Ithaca Youth Orchestra. She continued as its conductor until her retirement from Ithaca College. Pamela Gearhart died July 6, 2014 in Rochester, New York.


Scope and Content Note

The Pamela Gearhart Papers contain brief biographical data, including a biographical summary from 1967, and curriculum vitae from 1971. Also included are clippings, programs, and correspondence. Clippings and programs extend from 1956-1982 and reflect Gearhart's work with the Community Music School of Buffalo, the University at Buffalo Orchestra, the Villa Maria Music Institute, her performances as a member of the Buffalo Fine Arts Quartet, and various other performances. One folder contains programs and clippings chiefly about Livingston Gearhart. Two folders contain documents pertaining to the Youth Makes Music String Workshop that was held in Alabama 1972-1981, a string camp established in memory of Russell Gerhart.



Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 001 Biographical summary, 1967
1 leaf
1 002 Curriculum vitae, 1971
7 leaves
1 003 Professional profile, 1971
2 leaves
1 004 Profile of University and Community Music School of Buffalo orchestras written by Pamela Gearhart, 1972
5 leaves
II    Correspondence, 1962-1993
Folder 5-40

Arranged alphabetically by author's name with a file of Christmas cards at the end.

Box Folder Contents
1 005 Albrecht, Milton C., 1904-: January 16 1967
1 leaf
1 006 Baird, Jane: May 16 1993
5 leaves
1 007 Bellissimo, Ruth W. on behalf of the Community Music School of Buffalo: March 26 1972
1 leaf
1 008 Blackhurst, James: May 19 1974, May 16 1975, and July 20 1979
3 leaves
1 009 Buffalonian, SUNY at Buffalo Yearbook, written by Pamela Vespucci: July 5 1972
1 leaf
1 010 Carlton House Nursing Home (Buffalo, N.Y.), written by Lena Lenar Horowitz: December 5 1967
1 leaf
1 011 Buffalo Area Council of Churches, written by David F. Cox: April 30 1968
1 leaf
1 012 Deutsch, Harry, for the New York State Council on the Arts: December 28 1967
1 leaf
1 013 Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009: March 22 1967
1 leaf
1 014 Glickman, Loren: May 6 1993
2 leaves
Correspondence from Livingston and Pamela Gearhart to Glickman about a program honoring Alexander Schneider.
1 015 Haas, Dorothy M.: April 28 1967
1 leaf
1 016 Haasler, George: June 26 1970
1 leaf
1 017 Hay, Bill: March 27 1962
1 leaf
1 018 Henderson, Skitch, 1918-2005: November 23 1966
1 leaf
1 019 Herr, Samuel L., Director of the Community Music School of Buffalo: March 17 1969
1 leaf
1 020 Hutchins, Carleen Maley, for the Catgut Acoustical Society: June 13 1968
1 leaf
1 021 Kroyt, Sonja: undated
1 leaf
1 022 Levick, Irving: January 16 1967
1 leaf
1 023 Levine, George R.: May 10 1976
1 leaf
1 024 Nagaard, Richard
on behalf of the National School Orchestra Association Bulletin: November 18 1972

1 leaf
1 025 Negris, Van C.: February 21 1964
1 leaf
Letter addressed to Livingston Gearhart.
1 026 Newell, Frederick, on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst (New York). Music Committee: February 2 1968
1 leaf
1 027 Niagara County Community College: December 20 1967
2 leaves
1 028 Sapp, Allen, 1922-1999: April 6 1965
2 leaves
Letter addressed to University at Buffalo administrator, Myles Slatin, regarding report by Pamela Gearhart about the University Orchestra and Community Music School of Buffalo.
1 029 Schneider, Mischa, 1903-1985: July 12 1973, February 7 1984, May 30 1985, and undated
5 leaves

Four postcards (two addressed to Livingston Gearhart) and one letter. One postcard contains information about photographs of Johannes Brahms in Livingston Gearhart's collection of photographs.

1 030 Schneider, Alexander, 1908-1993: November 17 1981, August 1 1987, July 20 1989
3 leaves

One letter and postcard addressed to Livingston Gearhart. One letter addressed to Pamela Gearhart.

1 031 Schulz, Robert F.: May 4 1971
2 leaves
1 032 Schultz, Gertrude, on behalf of the Jewish Center of Buffalo: March 26 1968
2 leaves
1 033 Saint Mary's School for the Deaf (Buffalo, N.Y.): November 15 1971
1 leaf

Signed by Sister Nora Letorneau and Sister Virginia Young.

1 034 Sullivan, J. P. (John Patrick) : July 28 1975
1 leaf
1 035 Thacker, Gale W., of Hodge Inc. Florists: May 28 1968
1 leaf
1 036 Thomson, William, 1927-: November 4 1975, February 17 1976, November 9 1976
3 leaves
1 037 Thompson, Helen M. (Helen Mulford), 1908- , on behalf of the New York Philharmonic: May 10 1972
1 leaf
1 038 Trotter, Herman: July 20 1975
1 leaf
1 039 Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst (Amherst, N.Y.): December 16 1968, January 6 1969, November 24 1969
3 leaves
1 040 Christmas cards 1966-1973
14 leaves

Christmas messages sent to University at Buffalo and Community Music School orchestras from Livingston and Pamela Gearhart.

Box Folder Contents
1 041-044 May 16 1956-December 1956
4 folders
1 045-051 August 5 1957-November 25 1957
7 folders
1 052-057 April 15 1958-November 17 1958
6 folders
1 058-067 March 11 1959-November 1959
10 folders
1 068-076 January 10 1960-December 1960
9 folders
1 077-083 January 15 1961-December 18 1961
7 folders
2 084-094 January 15 1962-October 17 1962
10 folders
2 095-103 January 14 1963-December 1963
9 folders
2 104-114 February 1 1964-October 16 1964
11 folders
2 115-125 January 17 1965-August 21 1965
10 folders
2 126-138 February 1966-December 15 1966
13 folders
2 139-164 January 14 1967-December 27 1967
26 folders
2 165-188 March 2 1968-December 20 1968
24 folders
3 189-210 February 21 1969-December 31 1969
22 folders
3 211-231 February 1970-December 14 1970
21 folders
3 232-246 March 20 1971-December 10 1971
15 folders
3 247-269 February 15 1972-December 15 1972
23 folders
3 270-298 January 27 1973-December 9 1973
29 folders
4 299-321 January 1974-December 13 1974
23 folders
4 322-340 January 26 1975-November 22 1975
19 folders
4 341-347 May 23 1979-November 30 1979
7 folders
4 348 1982
1 folder
4 349 January 16 1956-April 17 1959
1 folder

Clippings of Livingston Gearhart performances and programs.

IV    Youth Makes Music String Workshop documents, 1972-1981
Folders 350-351

Includes financial records of Youth Makes Music, Inc., programs, announcements, clippings, and lists of participants.

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
4 350 1972-1975
1 folder
4 351 1976-1981
1 folder
V.A    Correspondence to and from Pamela Gearhart, 1952-2010
Folder 352-377
Correspondence to Pamela Gearhart unless otherwise indicated.
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent surname.
Box Folder Contents
5 352
Barrett, Henry: 1975 July 15
1 item (2 leaves)
5 353
Black, Margaret: 2006 April 24
1 item (3 leaves) and 3 photographs
5 354
Braun, Edith: 1954 June 7
1 item (1 leaf)
5 355
Castleman, Heidi: 1991 March 1
1 item (2 leaves)
Written by Gearhart to Castleman.

Accompanied by Chamber Music America newsletter.

5 356
Cleveland Institute of Music: 1981 May 11
1 item (1 leaf)
Written by Dean Rhoda Payne.
5 357
Cornell University. Department of Music: 1981 November 3
1 item (1 leaf)
Written by James Webster.
5 358
Curtis Institute of Music: 2002 March
2 items (2 leaves)
Written by Anne O'Donnell.

Accompanied by Curtis Institute of Music alumni newsletter and printouts of Curtis Web pages.

5 359
Eastman School of Music: 1976-1977
2 items (2 leaves)
Written by Donald Hunsberger.
5 360
English, H. R.: 1966 March 18, 1966 March 15
2 items (3 leaves)

Includes letter from Gearhart to English.

5 361
Galamian, Judith: 1971-1991
7 items

Includes one letter from Ivan Galamian.

5 362
Gearhart, Livingston: 1959-circa 1993
6 items
Letters from Pamela to Livingston Gearhart.
5 363
Hartt College of Music: 1990 October 13
1 item (1 leaf)
Written by Gearhart to Humbert J. Lucarelli at Hartt College of Music.
5 364
Ithaca College: 1975-1993
19 items

Includes content written by Pamela Gearhart.

5 365
Ithaca Youth Bureau (Ithaca, N.Y.): 1976
2 items (6 leaves)
5 366
Mischakoff, Mischa: 1952
11 pages of music

Solo violin part of Violin concerto by Julius Konius, with inscription from violinist Mischa Mischakoff.

5 367
Moennig, William, II, 1905-1982: 1966-2010
6 items

Includes letters written by Wilda Moennig and Pamela Moennig Taplinger.

5 368
William Moennig and Son: 1966-1981
11 items

Appraisals of violins and bows.

5 369
Oberlin College. Conservatory of Music: 1987-1988
7 items
Some content written by Pamela Gearhart.
5 370
Sokoloff, Eleanor: 1989-2002
3 items
5 371
Thomas, Sally: 1967 September 16
1 item (1 leaf)
5 372
Tuttle, Karen: 1993-2010
3 items
5 373
University at Buffalo. Music Department: 1981 February 24
1 item (1 leaf)
Written on behalf of the department by Allen Sigel.
5 374
Vauclain, Constant: 1990 August 14
1 item (1 leaf)
5 375
Waring, Virginia: 1996 July 19
1 item (3 leaves)
5 376
Wickstrom, Helene: circa 1976
1 item (2 leaves)
5 377
Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis Bok: 1952-1955
5 items

Includes letter from Efrem Zimbalist to Pamela Gearhart's father, Russell Gerhart.

V.B    Subject files, 1950-1981
Folder 378-388
Subject files and articles compiled by Pamela Gearhart.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box Folder Contents
5 378
Bay Chamber Concerts: circa 1981
1 item

About brothers Andrew and Thomas Wolf, founders of the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine.

5 379
Curtis Institute of Music: 1952-1954
1 folder

Gearhart's transcriptions of quotations from faculty at Curtis Institute of Music, including Marcel Tabuteau, Alexander Hilsberg, Anne-Marie Soffray, Karen Tuttle, Louis Vyner, and Constant Vauclain.

5 380
Curtis Institute of Music: 1952-1954
1 folder

Gearhart's notes from classes in Elements of music taught by Edith Braun, lists of repertoire covered in orchestra by Alexander Hilsberg and William Smith and string class by Marcel Tabuteau

5 381
Curtis Institute of Music: 1950-1953
1 folder

Gearhart's notes from her violin lessons with Ivan Galamian and Efrem Zimbalist, and a list of repertoire covered in Karen Tuttle's chamber music classes

5 382
Galamian, Ivan: 1966-1995
1 folder
5 383
Galamian, Judith: 2005
1 item
5 384
Green, Elizabeth A. H.: 1995
3 items

5 385
William Moennig and Son: 1985-2010
1 folder

5 386
String pedagogy: 1995, 2001
2 items

Two articles by Anne Mischakoff Heiles from The Instrumentalist: Essential string markings and Strings: the golden age of string pedagogy.

5 387
String pedagogy: undated
1 item (3 leaves)

Typescript by unidentified author.

5 388
Tuttle, Karen: 1986-2004
2 items and 1 photograph
V.C    Clippings and programs, 1947-1993
Folder 389
One binder with contents as received.
Contents chiefly arranged chronologically.
Box Folder Contents
6 389
1947-1993
1 binder

Includes clippings about Pamela Gearhart, Chautauqua Institute, Russell Gerhart, the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and Ithaca College.

V.D    Lecture and presentation notes, 1965-1980
Folder 390-392
Lecture notes
Arranged as received.
Box Folder Contents
6 390
Orchestra in action: 1973
1 folder

Notes for presentation with the Buffalo Community Music School Orchestra.

6 391
What is a family? : 1970-1976
1 folder

Notes for presentations with the strings of the University at Buffalo Orchestra (1970) and the Ithaca College String Orchestra (1976).

6 392
Notes for several speeches and presentations: 1965-1980
1 folder

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Gearhart, Livingston

Subjects

Gearhart, Pamela--Archives
Gerhart, Russell, 1902-1972
Women conductors (Music)--New York (State)
Women violinists--New York (State)

Genres

Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Programs (documents)

Associated Material

Separated Material

Thirty photographs received with the collection were removed to form a separate collection. It was later expanded to include 207 photographs.

Related Resources

Related Resources in the Music Library

The collection contains 207 photographs, including images of Russell, Gerhart, Franco Autori, Claudette Sorel, Edward Murphy, Mischa Mischakoff, Livingston Gearhart, Alexander and Mischa Schneider, Skitch Henderson, and Pamela Gearhart.

The collection contains prose writings, vitae, correspondence, teaching materials, programs, and clippings.

The collection contains reel to reel and cassette tapes, compact discs, and LPs containing music composed or arranged by Livingston Gearhart.