Karl Kroeger papers
Scope and Contents
Papers of Karl Kroeger (b. 1932), composer, musicologist, librarian; B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed., M.Mus, University of Louisville, M.S. University of Illinois, Ph.D., Brown University; Head, University of Colorado Music Library (1982-1994); Curator, American music Collection, New York Public Library (1962-1964); Composer-in-residence, Oregon Public School Systerm (1964-1967); Director, Moravian Music Foundation (1972-1980); Visiting Lecturer, University of Keele (1980-1981). Includes composition manuscripts, arrangements and critical editions, concert programs, and research materials related to Kroeger's numerous musicological publications. Also includes recordings and correspondence. Of related interest is the large collection of early American tune books and hymnals, housed in Special Collections, Norlin Library (list of titles available separately and in the collection).
The collection is open for research.
Copyright is not held by the American Music Research Center. Requests to publish materials should be directed to the copyright holder.
Biography of Karl Kroeger
Composer, musicologist, and librarian Karl Kroeger was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 13, 1932. He holds five degrees: a B.M. (54), B.M.Ed. (58), and M.M. (59) from the University of Louisville, a M.S. (61) from the University of Illinois, and a PH.D. (76) from Brown University. From 1962-64 he was curator for the American Music Collection at the New York Public Library. He has been composer in residence for the Oregon Public School System (1964-67), Director of the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1972-80), Visiting lecturer at the University of Keele, England (1980-81), and Head of the University of Colorado Music Library (1983-1994) until his retirement.
He has three published books: A Moravian Music Sampler, The Worcester Collection of Sacred Harmony and Sacred Music in America, 1786-1803, and The Complete works of William Billings, in addition to numerous articles for periodicals. He has received numerous awards and grants, such as the Ford Foundation Grant, a Mellon Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, a Senior Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Moramus Award from the Moravian Music Foundation. As a composer, his works have been performed by the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra, the Walden String Quartet, and other national ensembles. In 1971, his Divertimento for Concert Band received first place in the ABA-Ostwald Band Composition Contest.
After his retirement in 1994, he continued to do research and publish articles on early sacred music.
57 linear feet (95 boxes)
Language of Materials
Music compositions are arranged by instrumentation
Housed in the American Music Research Center
Donated by Karl Kroeger
The collection is added to on an irregular basis by the donor.
- Church music -- Moravian Church Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Composers -- Archives Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Composers -- United States -- Archives Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Music -- United States -- 18th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Tune-books Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- The Karl Kroeger papers, 1949-2004
- An inventory of holdings at the American Music Research Center
- Conversion Draft
- Christopher Shannon, Cassandra M. Volpe
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written inEnglish.
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