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William H. Hill papers and scores

 Collection 0147-SCPA
William H. Hill was born on December 27, 1930 in Paris, Texas and died December 16, 2000. In 1977, he received the American Bandmasters Association’s (ABA) Ostwald Composition Award for his work Dances Sacred and Profane, following a previous selection as runner-up in 1976. The William H. Hill Collection covers the period 1939-2001, with the bulk of the material undated. This collection consists mostly of William Hill’s published and unpublished scores, manuscripts, and composition sketches. This collection also includes papers, correspondence, recordings, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia related to his work as a composer, professor, and ABA member.

Dates

  • 1939-2001
  • Majority of material found in undated

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: scpa@umd.edu

Extent

42.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The William H. Hill papers and scores covers the period of 1939 to 2001, with the bulk of the material undated. This collection consists mostly of Hill’s published and unpublished scores, manuscripts, and composition sketches. This collection also includes papers, correspondence, recordings, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia related to his work as a composer, professor, and ABA member.

Biography

William H. Hill was born on December 27, 1930 in Paris, Texas. He began studying music at age four with his mother and as a young child studied saxophone. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in 1952, Bachelor of Music in 1954, and a Masters of Arts in 1955. Concurrently, he served as a member of the 529th U.S. Air Force Band. After graduating, he worked as a woodwind instructor and Director of Bands at East Texas State University. In 1963, he left in order to pursue doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

From 1972-1982 he taught and built the music program at California State University. Hill also conducted and led band clinics internationally. In 1977, he received the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Composition Award for his work Dances Sacred and Profane, following a previous selection as runner-up in 1976. Hill died on December 16, 2000.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:
  1. Scores
  2. Textual Materials
  3. Audio and Visual Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Dr. Richard Mayne, Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at the School of Music of the University of Northern Colorado, and a colleague of the late William Hill, transferred the collection into the custody of Special Collections in Performing Arts in May 2012.

Related Material

The William Hill Collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.
Title
William H. Hill papers and scores
Status
Completed
Author
Michael Casto, updated by Vin Novara and Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez.
Date
May 2013 and October 2014
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

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