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Asher G. Zlotnik papers

 Collection 0002-SCPA
Dr. Asher G. Zlotnik (1915-1997) was a music scholar and teacher who spent most of his career teaching music theory and sight singing to practicing musicians, including members of the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey bands, and members of the radio network orchestras at ABS, CBS, NBC and the WOR radio orchestra. His academic teaching positions included the Hartford School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Boston University. He also engaged in research and private teaching in Baltimore until his retirement in 1995. The collection consists of correspondence, scores, writings, articles, clippings, research and notes, student papers and dissertations, educational materials, notebooks, audio recordings, periodicals, and publications related to Zlotnik's work as a music educator and researcher, particularly his research on Robert Schumann and the re-orchestration of Schumann's symphonies.

Dates

  • ca. 1945-1997
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1969

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. There are no restricted items. 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.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the physical gift of the papers. Zlotnik's publishers or heirs retain any copyright possessed in the collection. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

Extent

30.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Asher G. Zlotnik papers covers the period from 1945 to 1997; the bulk of the materials date from 1960 to 1969. The collection consists of correspondence, scores, writings, articles, clippings, research and notes, student papers and dissertations, educational materials, notebooks, audio recordings, periodicals, and publications related to Zlotnik's work as a music educator and researcher, particularly his research on Robert Schumann and the re-orchestration of Schumann's symphonies.

Biography

Dr. Asher G. Zlotnik (1915-1997) was a music scholar and teacher who spent most of his career teaching music theory and sight singing to practicing musicians. Born March 12, 1915, he received early training in music from Ralph L. Baldwin (1872-1943), contributor to many books on elementary music education. He attended the Eastman School of Music and studied privately with Jacques Gordon, then concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. When Gordon became conductor of the Hartford Symphony, Zlotnik joined the orchestra as principal flutist. For five years following World War II, Zlotnik traveled regularly to New York City to study the Schillinger Music Theory Technique with three of Joseph Schillinger's disciples. He began teaching music privately to musicians from the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey bands, and members of the radio network orchestras at ABS, CBS, NBC and the WOR radio orchestra. He earned two degrees in music from Yale University: B.A., 1955 and Master of Music, 1956. At Yale he developed a method for teaching sight singing that so impressed Benjamin DeLoach, a voice professor there, that he incorporated it into his own teaching. Zlotnik received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1972. His academic teaching positions included the Hartford School of Music (1947-1959), Manhattan School of Music (1957-1959), Boston University (1963-1967). He engaged in research and private teaching in Baltimore until his retirement in 1995. He died on May 29, 1997, survived by his wife Roslyn.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into sixteen series.
  1. Personal Correspondence
  2. Correspondence About Schumann
  3. Writings by Zlotnik
  4. Student Papers
  5. Schumann Research Materials
  6. Notebooks
  7. Modern Composers' Scores
  8. Modern Composers' Cassette Tapes
  9. Periodicals, Catalogs, Publications
  10. Instrumental Performers and Pedagogues
  11. Composers and Arrangers
  12. Dissertations and Research Papers
  13. Microfilm
  14. Reel-to-reel Tapes
  15. Oversize Scores
  16. Related Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Three gifts from Roslyn Zlotnik, wife of Asher G. Zlotnik in July, August, and September of 1997. One gift, Subseries 16.1, from Julius Fischer in February of 2010.

Related Materials

Please see the fifteenth series, Julius Fischer, circa 1993, for related materials associated with the papers.

Bibliography

Source of biographical information: unsigned obituaries in the Asher G. Zlotnik Papers

Processing Information

Processing supported by the Rose Marie Grentzer Fund.
Title
Asher G. Zlotnik papers: A Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Bonnie Jo Dopp, Lori Fowser, Liviu Marinescu, Vin Novara.
Date
2005-10-26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
Sponsor
Processing supported by the Rose Marie Grentzer Fund.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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