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Title: Foster Music Camp Collection, 1937-1999Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Extent: 7.5 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 02/18/2010

Subjects: Music.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Artificial collection of Foster Music Camp photographs, concert recordings, programs, publications and other records.

Collection Historical Note

James E. Van Peursem founded the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp in the midst of the Depression in 1936. Balding, mustachioed, and wiry, "Mr. Van" (as contemporaries called him) exuded an impish charm when he smiled or a pugnacious will when the occasion demanded. And nothing demanded in Mr. Van's opinion more pugnacity than to find in 1936 a solution to the problems he faced as chairman of the Department of Music at the small and unpretentious Eastern Kentucky State Teacher's College in Richmond, Kentucky. As chair of the music area, Mr. Van was constantly faced with the reality that the music programs in the public schools of the Commonwealth were sparse and often did not produce the trained young musicians needed to develop a strong program at the college level.

As a result, Mr. Van founded the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp following the concepts promulgated a year earlier with the founding of the famous Interlochen Music Camp. The concept was simple: Teenage musicians would be invited to campus where college faculty could instruct them with lessons and provide them with performance experiences in band and orchestra; the campers would return to their homes and help improve the local school program; high schools would graduate better musicians who, in turn, would enter college and thus improve that program; the college would graduate higher caliber music educators who would secure positions in county schools, and onward and upward the ascending spiral would go!

Thus, in the summer of 1936 the camp opened for the first season with Henri Schnabl, a former member of Kaiser Wilhelm's personal band as camp director. With Prussian rigor, Schnabl handled the 100 or so energetic and active teenagers during a five-week summer camping period. Mr. Schnabl continued as camp director until 1940 when Mr. Van took personal charge of the camp. Experiences in the early days included concert band, orchestra, small ensemble and private lesson opportunities as well as social activities such as a 30 minute, early morning period of marching. Violinists and other string players who had signed up for orchestra were not exempt from this stimulating early morning activity! Mr. Van served as Camp Director from 1940-1963 followed by Nick Koenigstein, 1964-1967, Dr. Robert Hartwell from 1968-1999, Dr. Joseph Allison from 2000-2007, and Benjamin Walker 2008-present.

One of the factors which permeates the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp is the number of students returning year after year to attend the camp. It is not unusual for students to enter the camp as a sixth grader to attend the Middle School Instrumental Camp and to find that student attending the High School Instrumental Camp five or six years later! Certainly, one of the reasons campers return is because faculty and staff are picked for their patience in dealing with teenagers as well as for their proficiency in music.

Occasionally, this tradition of kindness and warmth has been augmented by the nonhuman realm. Between 1948 and 1964 every Foster camper was greeted by the wag of a tail or a watery lick from the music department's mascot, named appropriately, Mozart, whose grave is located immediately behind the outdoor pavilion used for many concerts and named after the founder of the camp, Mr. James E. Van Peursem.

The fact that even the local mascot (a dog named *Mozart!) carried the name of a famous composer highlights the longest and strongest tradition associated with Foster -- MUSIC! The original concept of the camps has been expanded and modernized to fit today's young musicians. But, the spirit and the purpose of the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp remains the same outstanding musical experiences for the young musicians of the Commonwealth and surrounding states.

Subject/Index Terms

Music.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Office Files, 1968-1980],
[Series 2: Photographs, 1936-1965],
[Series 3: Recordings, 1968-1999],
[All]

Series 1: Office Files, 1968-1980Add to your cart.
This series includes participant lists, faculty lists, programs, financial records and other materials pertaining to Foster Music Camp
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Final Banquet, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Recreation Fund, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Federation Activities, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photos, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Final Program, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Programs - Final Concert, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Campers, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Faculty, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Campers, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Banquet (Final), 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Foster CampAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Financial Accounts, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Faculty & Staff (Adjunct), 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photos, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Faculty, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Foster Faculty, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Program (Final), 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Final Banquet, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photos, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Foster Faculty, Adjunct Staff, 1971Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Foster Camp Budget, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Teachers Biography for Foster, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Visiting Faculty, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Foster Gala Concert, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Guest Conductors, 1973Add to your cart.
Trautwein Vivian Dunn
Folder 6: Foster Faculty, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Foster Camp Visiting Faculty, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: National Federation of MusicAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Foster Gala Concert, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Foster Purchase Requisition, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Gala Concert Program Foster, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Foster Music Camp Payroll, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Foster Bandanna, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Foster Gala Concert Speech, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Foster Purchase Requisition, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Gala Concert Program, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Foster Financial Breakdown, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Foster Financial Student Breakdown, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Foster Gala Concert Program, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Recreation Fund, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Foster Camp Application, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Administrative Details During Camp Foster, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Foster Music Camp Advertising, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Foster applications on Hold, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Administrative Details for Close of Camp Foster, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Administration Prior to Camp, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Administration Prior to Camp, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Foster Music Camp Budget, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Foster Camp Cancellations, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Congratulation Letters, Student Recital Foster Camp, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Counselors, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Delta Omicron, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Foster, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Foster Faculty Schedules, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Foster Faculty Inquiries, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Foster Visiting Faculty, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Food Service, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Foster Financial Breakdown, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Foster, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Gala Concert Invitations, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Guest Conductors, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Gala Concert Program, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Housing, 1977Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Foster Camp Inquiries, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Instrument Count, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Instrument Count Forms, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Foster Campers Insurance Information, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: K.M.E.A. Exhibit, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Music 101, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Foster Mailings, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 8: National, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: National, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Planning File, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Instrumental Purchase Requests & Requisitions, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Foster Proposal, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Recitals - Student & Faculty, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Recreation Fund, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Requests to Go Home, Jul 1-3, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Foster Room Requests, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Student Workers Foster, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Seating for Bands and Orchestra, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Guest Conductors, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Supplies, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Scholarship Applications, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Scholarships, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Transportation Pick-Up Foster, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Transportation, Safety & Security, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Travel, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Request for Money Withdrawal Forms, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Youth Orchestra, Foster, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Foster Booklets, 1974-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence General, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Foster Camp Applications, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Foster Vocal Applications, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Guest Conductors, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Concert Seating Band & Orchestra, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Cancellations, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Food Service, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Foster Faculty Inquiries, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Foster Visiting Faculty, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Foster Faculty, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Concert Programs, 1979Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Foster Applications, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Foster Advertising, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Administration Prior to Camp, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Administration Details Prior to Camp, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Administration Details for Close of Camp, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Faculty Bulletins, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Foster Faculty Bulletins, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Faculty Bulletins, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cancellation, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Counselors, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Foster Dittos, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Duplicating, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Foster, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Delta Omicron, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Delta Omicron, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Deposit Account, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Food Service, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Food Service, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Foster Faculty Inquires, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Foster Keyboard Camp Faculty, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Foster Visiting Faculty, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Foster Faculty, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Foster Faculty, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Foster Camp, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Foster Keyboard Faculty, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Gala Banquet Invitations, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Gala Banquet Speech, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Housing Foster, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Gala Banquet Invitations, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Gala Banquet Speech, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Housing Foster, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Foster Camp I.D. Number, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Instrumentation, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Instrumentation, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Foster Keyboard Camp Applications, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Foster Camp Mailings, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Foster Publicity, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Publicity, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Purchase Orders & Requisitions, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Purchase Requests, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Purchase Requests, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Recitals, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Foster Camp Refunds, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Recreation Account, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Student Workers, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Schedule - Department of Music, Fall 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Student Workers, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Foster Outside Scholarship Contributors, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Youth Orchestra, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Youth Orchestra, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Foster Vocal Camp Applications, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Foster Vocal Camp Applications, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Foster Vocal Camp Applications, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Foster Inquiries, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Housing, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Gala Concert Program & Invitations, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Gala Concert Speech, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Faculty Bulletins, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Counselors, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Administration Details for Close Of Camp Foster, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Foster Camp Ditto, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Foster Budget, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Delta Omicron, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Cancellations, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Food Service, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Visiting Faculty, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Foster Vocal Scholarships, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Vocal Camp Scholarships, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Vocal Camp Scholarships, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Foster Vocal Purchase Requests & Requisitions, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Foster Vocal Duplicating, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Vocal Camp Counselors, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Foster Vocal Camp Counselors, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Foster Vocal Budget, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Foster Vocal Camp Applications, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Administration During Camp - Vocal, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Foster Vocal Former Camper Letters & Acceptance Letters, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Faculty Bulletins, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Foster Vocal, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Foster Vocal Camp, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Foster Duplicating, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Foster Vocal Scholarships, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Foster Vocal Scholarships, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Phi Mu Alpha, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Schedule of Classes BookletAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Foster Music Camp Financial Report, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Foster Applications, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Administrative Details for Close of Camp Foster, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Foster Budget, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Foster Cancellations, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Foster Correspondence, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Foster Correspondence, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Counselors, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Youth Orchestra, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Recitals, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Recreation Account, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Foster Duplicating & Reproduction, 1981Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Foster Mailings, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Youth Orchestra, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Travel, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Youth Orchestra, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Small Ensembles Concert Set-Up-Foster, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Foster Scholarship Applications & Distribution, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: NSOA Bulletin Story, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Class Piano, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Foster Publicity, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Foster Publicity, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Purchase Orders & Requisitions, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Recreation Fund, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Recreation Fund, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Recitals - Student & Faculty, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Recitals - Student & Faculty, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Student Workers, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Scholarships, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 18: All State Band & Orchestra, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Foster Applications, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Bandana Costs, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Foster Advertising, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Administration Prior to Camp, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Foster Advertising, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Kentucky Federation, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Gala concert Program & Invitations, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Gala Concert Speech, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Gala Program, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Housing, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Instrumentation, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Foster Inquiries, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Foster I.D., 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Instrumentation Memo, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Administration Details for Close of Camp Foster, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Delta Omicron, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Foster Counselors, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Foster Budget, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Guest Conductors, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Foster Camp Mailings, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Foster Instrumentation, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Kentucky Federation, 1980Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Office Files, 1968-1980],
[Series 2: Photographs, 1936-1965],
[Series 3: Recordings, 1968-1999],
[All]


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