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Frank Bencriscutto papers

 Collection 0032-SCPA
Dr. Frank Peter Anthony Bencriscutto was known as a conductor, educator, and composer. A longtime Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Bencriscutto and the band toured the USSR for seven weeks in 1969, with a final performance at the White House. An avid jazz musician, performing on saxophone and clarinet, he is also credited with introducing jazz into the music curriculum at the University of Minnesota. After retiring in 1993, Dr. Bencriscutto soon joined the faculty at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan as a visiting professor and conductor of the wind ensemble until 1996. He was posthumously awarded the 1997 Medal of Honor by the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. The collection consists of programs, articles, compositions, and recordings related to Bencriscutto's career.

Dates

  • 1972-1997
  • Majority of material found within 1972-1997

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

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. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

0.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Frank Bencriscutto papers cover the period from 1972 to 1997. The papers consist of programs, articles, compositions, and recordings related to Bencriscutto's work as a conductor, educator and composer at the University of Minnesota and at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan.

Biography

Dr. Frank Peter Anthony Bencriscutto was known as a conductor, educator, and composer. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Bencriscutto joined the University of Minnesota faculty as Director of Bands and Professor of Music after receiving his Doctorate of Musical Arts. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1966. As part of a cultural exchange program, the University of Minnesota band toured the USSR for seven weeks in 1969, with a final performance at the White House. Dr. Bencriscutto was an avid jazz musician, performing on saxophone and clarinet, and is credited with introducing jazz into the music curriculum at the University of Minnesota. He retired as Director of Bands in 1993 and soon joined the faculty at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan as a visiting professor and conductor of the wind ensemble until 1996. Dr. Bencriscutto was posthumously awarded the 1997 Medal of Honor by the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Arrangement

This collection has been organized into six series.
  1. Biographical Information
  2. Programs
  3. Articles
  4. Correspondence
  5. Writing
  6. Compositions

Related Material

- American Bandmasters Association records, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)
Title
Frank Bencriscutto papers: A Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Caitlyn Callahan and Sally Roberts, June 2007
Date
2007-06-14
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

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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