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Arthur Herndon Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UA-11-02

Scope and Content

This collection contains the personal papers and musical scores collected by tenor Arthur Herndon throughout his career as both a singer and conductor. The collection contains a number of works by composer Zenobia Powell Perry and other works that were in Herndon's repertoire as a singer and conductor. In addition to the musical scores, the collection also contains papers from Herndon's graduate studies at CCM, his teaching at Talladega College and papers from his membership and work with Mt. Calvary Methodist Church (Milford, Ohio).

Dates

  • 1932-2009

Creator

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Biography of Arthur Herndon

Tenor Arthur Herndon enjoyed a distinguished and versatile career that spanned over sixty years. Mr. Herdon was born in Cincinnati's West End in 1932 and received his initial musical instruction from participating in church and school choirs. In 1946, Herndon made his debut as the wren in St Francis of Assisi by Gabriel Pierne. Herndon studied at the Cosmopolitan School of Music and Miami University and then served in the Army during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he became the first African American to receive a Bachelor's degree from the College-Conservatory of Music. Upon his graduation, Herndon embarked upon a solo career in Europe during which he was contracted at the Stadtstheater in Kassel and the Bremerhaven Opera. His repertoire included Andres in Wozzeck and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly as well as many others. Herndon returned to the United States in the early 1970's and worked as a teacher and choral conductor. In 1981, he received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music. Following his graduation, Herndon taught at Taladega College, in the Cincinnati Public Schools and at the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Herndon was also an active member of the Mt. Calvary Methodist Church (Milford, Ohio) and served as their Minister of Music in his later years. In 2004, he was honored with a Lift Every Voice Legacy Award from the National Opera Association. Arthur Herndon died in 2009.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Overview

This collection contains the personal papers and musical scores collected by tenor Arthur Herndon throughout his career as both a singer and conductor. The collection contains a number of works by composer Zenobia Powell Perry and other works that were in Herndon's repertoire as a singer and conductor. In addition to the musical scores, the collection also contains papers from Herndon's graduate studies at CCM, his teaching at Talladega College and papers from his membership and work with Mt. Calvary Methodist Church.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into folders by topic.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library
Title
Finding aid for the Arthur Herndon Papers, 1932-2009
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Katherine Krueger
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

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