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New digital collection honors former choral director

July 22, 2013

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    Former choral director L. Stanley Glarum.
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    The Glarum family and Ethan Allred B.A. ’12.

With help from students, staff, and faculty, Lewis & Clark has launched a new digital initiative to honor a key part of the school’s legacy.

Lewis & Clark has long been known for its music program, with much of that reputation stemming from the work of L. Stanley Glarum. In his nearly 30 years as choral director, Glarum shaped the program with his gift for conducting and passion for music. During his tenure, Glarum accompanied the choir on many national tours and saw them serve as the official broadcasting choir for the Presbyterian Church of the United States.

The L. Stanley Glarum Collection gathers multimedia resources related to Glarum and the choir from 1947 to 1975.

“The collection will bring the music and legacy of an amazing figure in Lewis & Clark’s history to life for students and alumni,” Ethan Allred B.A. ’12 said. Ethan received a grant to research Glarum and his works from the American Choral Directors Association.

The collection houses an assortment of newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondences, speeches, and compositions drawn from the Lewis & Clark Archives and Special Collections.

“We are thrilled to have these resources available, not only to students and alumni, but to the choral community at large,” said Katherine FitzGibbon, assistant professor of music. “Stanley Glarum was an influential conductor who made a tremendous impact on the lives of his students and of generations of choral conductors who studied with him.”

A physical display of the collection will be posted in Evans Auditorium, across from the music department office.

L. Stanley Glarum Collection Music Department

Zibby Pillote ’14 contributed to this story.