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Donald Pond Collection

 Collection 0049-SCPA
Donald Pond (1906-1983) was a music educator, composer, and performer. Born in England, Pond immigrated to New York City at the age of twenty-seven and began working at the Dalton School, the Children's Theatre Arts Workshop, and as a guest lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1937, Pond became the Music Director of the Pillsbury Foundation School, which was established with assistance from Leopold Stokowski for the study of young children's spontaneous music-making. After leaving the school in 1945, Pond stayed in the Santa Barbara, CA area and worked as a pianist, a teacher for the Music Academy of the West, and was the host of "Pleasure in Pictures," a music themed radio program. The collection consists of letters, writings, scores, books, articles, photographs, clippings, publications, radio scripts, observation notes, and sound recordings related to Pond's life and work.

Dates

  • circa 1910-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1937-1983

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

16.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Donald Pond Collection covers the period from ca.1910 to 1987; the bulk dates of the materials date from 1937 to 1983. The collection consists of letters, writings, scores, books, articles, photographs, clippings, publications, radio scripts, observation notes, and sound recordings related to Pond's life and work as a performer, composer, and music educator, including his tenure as Music Director of the Pillsbury Foundation School, his experience as a teacher and lecturer in England, Santa Barbara, CA and New York, NY, and his work on the radio program, "Pleasure in Pictures."

Biography

In his native England, Donald Pond was a cathedral choirboy who studied composition with Gustav Holst and become Director of Music at the School of Dance-Mime at Dartington Hall in Devonshire. After immigrating to New York City at the age of twenty-seven, Pond continued to compose regularly for dance while pursuing at the same time his new interest in the musical creativity of young children at the Dalton Schools and the Children's Theatre Arts Workshop. He became a regular guest lecturer on music in education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

In 1937, he left New York for Santa Barbara, California, to become Music Director of the Pillsbury Foundation School, established with assistance from Leopold Stokowski for the study of young children's spontaneous music-making. Pond remained with the Pillsbury School through 1945, and his writings on the work there are of seminal importance. In the Santa Barbara area, where he spent the rest of his life, Pond performed often as pianist in chamber concerts and recitals, taught music theory and composition at the Music Academy of the West, aired regular radio programs on musical subjects, and taught piano privately.

Except for his early works for full orchestra, Donald Pond typically wrote music for performances by his friends and students, including compositions for various chamber ensembles, solo piano, solo voice, and chorus. Publication was not an object with him, but sharing his art and craft was; frequently his compositions were gifts. Seventy compositions are extant, but many have been lost. Pond's last works were eight choral suites written not as gifts for specific performance but as an apparent summing up, expressing clearly his roots in the British choral tradition, and intended as his musical legacy.

Arrangement

This collection has been divided into nine series.
  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Writings
  3. Series 3: Articles by Other Authors
  4. Series 4: Pillsbury Foundation School
  5. Series 5: Pond Scores
  6. Series 6: Performances
  7. Series 7: Recordings
  8. Series 8: Photographs
  9. Series 9: Donald Pond Library of Books and Scores

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of papers and music donated by Lois Pond, wife of Donald Pond, was received on December 15, 1983.

Related Material

This collection is part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center.

More information about Donald Pond can be found in the Pillsbury Foundation School Archives also available in the NAfME Historical Center, and in a master's thesis by Judith Kiersead titled The Pillsbury Foundation School and Beyond, located in the University of Maryland Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. [Call Number: LD3231.M70m Kierstead, J.K.]

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Processing Information

Processing supported by the Rose Marie Grentzer Fund.
Title
Donald Pond Collection: A Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Created by Justin Indovina, October 2003. Revised by Lori Fowser, October 2004 and Mary Crauderueff, October 2007.
Date
2007-10-01
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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