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Boston Conservatory Music Department collection, 1920-2017

Identifier: BCB-008


  • 1920-2017

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite. Use of audiovisual materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.

Administrative History

Over the life of the Conservatory, the Music Department has grown and adjusted its focus of musical instruction and offered various majors. At its founding, the school was focused on instrumental instruction, particularly violin and piano. During the reorganization led by Agide Jacchia in the 1920s, the vocal program was expanded, including operatic instruction. For much of the early-mid 20th century, instruction largely focused on instrument and vocal instruction, with some minor inclusion of pedagogy courses. In the 1950s and 60s, the department began offering degrees in composition and music education, the latter of which became rather well established. The conservatory also produced successful jazz studies/instruction and guitar performance programs, but they were discontinued in the 1980s/90s.

Today, the Music Department remains focused on instrumental instruction, vocal and operatic instruction, composition, music history and theory, and music education. Degrees are offered in graduate, undergraduate, and graduate performance diplomas. In addition to core music classes, students take part in private instruction, chamber music performance, large ensemble performance and mainstage productions, including operas.


15 boxes

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Acquisition History

Compiled from materials previously housed in the Albert Alphin Library and materials donated by the music division and faculty.

Processing Information

Processed by Brendan Higgins, May 2016-June 2017; prepared for ArchivesSpace by Ashley Gray and Thomas Wandborg, 2021

Boston Conservatory Music Department collection, 1920-2017
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Brendan Higgins; prepared for ArchivesSpace by Ashley Gray and Thomas Wandborg, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Berklee Archives Repository

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston MA 02215 USA