Ars Musica Chicago records
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.
- Majority of material found within 1986-2010
- Ars Musica Chicago (Musical group) (Organization)
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
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.
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.
M. Morley 2013
- Ars Musica Chicago (Musical group)
- Early-music groups--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Music--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Musical groups--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- 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