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Alice Parker papers

 Collection 0185-SCPA

Alice Parker is an American composer, conductor, and teacher whose work includes more than 400 compositions including operas, cantatas, choral pieces, and songs cycles on Native American texts as well as poetry. From 1949 to 1967 she worked as an arranger for Robert Shaw Chorale, arranging folk songs, hymns, and spirituals from around the world. In 1985, she founded Melodious Accord, Inc., a non-profit which presents choral concerts, hosts workshops, and provides training for composers, conductors, and song leaders. The Alice Parker papers include 290 original manuscripts, documents and related correspondence regarding workshops hosted by Melodious Accord, Inc., programs, and audio materials. The collection spans from 1960 to 2016.


  • 1960-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1960-2002

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Alice Parker papers
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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