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Clifford Brooks collection on music education

 Collection 0447-SCPA-BROOKS

Clifford J. Brooks (b. 1951) is an arts administrator, music educator, and librarian based in the New York Metropolitan area. He was the former manager of the Boston Opera Company and has led educational workshops on opera and musical theater with universities, opera companies, and other arts organizations. The collection consists of Brooks’ publications with Music! Words! Opera!, earlier opera educational materials, and personal and professional files related to opera education. The Clifford Brooks collection on music education contains publications and collected resources related to opera in music education, spanning from 1981 to 2013, along with undated materials.


  • 1981-2013, undated

Collection use and access

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and copyright information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. 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. To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


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Scope and Contents

The Clifford Brooks collection on music education contains publications and collected resources related to opera in music education. The collection spans from 1981 to 2013.


This collection is arranged into six series:

  1. Personal and professional files
  2. Children’s classics as literature and opera
  3. Opera in the humanities: Shakespeare
  4. Opera educational materials
  5. Music! Words! Opera! materials
  6. Recordings

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Clifford J. Brooks, December 2, 2022

Related Materials

• Charles B. Fowler papers, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

• Smith, Janice. “Book Review: Music! Words! Opera!” Music Educators Journal 78, no. 4 (1991): 16–18. (UMD Access)

Christian Folk
June 2023
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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