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Frank Colantuono papers

 Collection — Case: 1 0337-SCPA-ICA

Frank Colantuono (1929-2015) was an American clarinetist, freelance musician, and member of the International Clarinet Association (ICA) involved in many bands and ensembles throughout his lifetime. This collection consists of both personal and professional papers including handwritten notes, correspondence, sheet music, clarinet exercises, diagrams/charts, clarinet technique papers, catalogs, articles and clippings related to clarinet techniques, and his membership in the International Clarinet Association.


  • 1994-2006, undated
  • Majority of material found in 1994-2000


There are no restricted files in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator: Tel: 301.405.9220, Email:


5 Folders

0.5 Linear Feet

Content Description

The Frank Colantuono papers covers the period from 1994 to 2006, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1994 to 2000. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers, including handwritten notes, a postcard, sheet music, clarinet exercises, diagrams/charts, clarinet technique papers, catalogs, articles and clippings related to clarinet techniques, and information related to his membership with the International Clarinet Association.

Historical Note

Frank Joseph Colantuono (February 13, 1929 – 2015) was born in Brooklyn, New York and developed his interest in music when he and his family moved to Bound Brook, New Jersey in 1942. His studies in clarinet and saxophone started as a student at Bound Brook High School, but Colantuono expanded his musical experience by playing in area bands, jazz ensembles, and pit orchestras, as well as working with composer/arranger Tony Camillo and composer Luigi Zaninelli. In 1945, Colantuono began studying the clarinet and saxophone with Joe Allard in New York City and performed in Camillo’s big band and other ensembles throughout the New York and New Jersey area.

In addition to his musical endeavors, Colantuono pursued a degree in chemistry at Rutgers University while also working for Union Carbide Corporation. He began his career with Union Carbide working as a lab assistant for a short time, but was soon promoted into positions with the company's sales and marketing operations, where he spent most of his career. Colantuono was also a corporal in the United States Army, serving in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Upon his return, Colantuono settled in Middlesex, New Jersey, working for Union Carbide as a lab assistant and returning to his musical activities. In 1985, Colantuono retired to Palm Coast, Florida and played clarinet with the Daytona State College band, as well as smaller jazz and classical ensembles.


Colantuono, Anthony. "Biography of Frank Colantuano." Unpublished manuscript, August 2017. Special Collections in Performing Arts control files, University of Maryland.

Colantuono, Anthony. Email to Vincent J. Novara, 9 May 2019.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into five series.

  1. Papers
  2. Charts and diagrams
  3. Music and exercises
  4. Articles and clippings
  5. Catalogs

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Flora Colantuono, November 20, 2015, coordinated by her son Andrew Colantuono, a faculty member at UMD.

Related Materials

International Clarinet Association (ICA) records, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland. (finding aid)

Frank Colantuono papers
Naomi Rabe
October 2018
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States