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Ars Musica Chicago records

Identifier: MSS0074

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of the non-profit organization Ars Musica Chicago. The records include governance documents, administrative reports, concert music and research notes, concert programs and recordings, applications for grants to fund the organization, and workshop materials. The collection also includes materials related to founding board member Enrique Alberto Arias’ research on Vicomte Fernand de Beaufranchet, the composer of the Vincent de Paul Oratorio.


  • 1871-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1986-2010


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Ars Musica Chicago was founded in 1986, and at that time was named the American Medieval Players. In 1992, the name was changed to Ars Musica Chicago. Their mission is to present concerts of music from the 12th through the 18th century in a historically informed manner. In addition to musical performances, Ars Musica Chicago engages in educational and outreach activities, including workshops, Gallery 37 projects for the city of Chicago, and concerts at various locations in Illinois. The organization strives to highlight rare music in their performances, including little-known composers and lost works. There are approximately 10 core performers, and each performance centers on a particular theme, such as Hispanic and Afro-Brazilian music traditions. One of the founding board members, Enrique Alberto Arias, was a professor at DePaul University's School for New Learning, and he aided in organizing performances for Ars Musica Chicago at the DePaul University Concert Hall and St. Vincent de Paul Church. DePaul University professors Jeffery Wasson and Simone Zurawski have also served on the Board of Directors.


3 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian




The Ars Musica Chicago records are organized into seven series: 1. Governance; 2. Administration; 3. Grants; 4. Concerts; 5. Concert Programs and Recordings; 6. Workshops; 7. Beaufranchet Project. The arrangement for the collection was imposed during processing.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2012.46; 2013.08; The Beaufranchet Project materials were most likely given to Special Collections and Archives by Enrique Arias but were not accessioned.

Related Materials

Vincent de Paul Oratorio. SpC 782.23 V768B1900; Beaufranchet, F. de, Vicount. Saint Louis : (Roi de France) : Oratorio en 4 parties / paroles et musique de F. De Beaufranchet. Paris: Pfister Frères, circa 1800. SpC. 782.523 B374s; Beaufranchet, F. de, Vicount. Les sept paroles du Christ : soli et chœurs a quatre voix avec accompagnement de piano ou orgue / par F. de Beaufranchet. Paris: Durand, Schoenewerk & Cie., Maison G. Flaxland, circa 1880. SpC.782.523B374s1880.

Processing Information

M. Morley 2013

Guide to Ars Musica Chicago records
M. Morley 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614