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Lorna Cooke DeVaron

Lorna Cooke deVaron, choral conductor, was born in Western Springs, Ill., on January 17, 1921, daughter of Vernon Walter and Hazel Mildred (Watts) Cooke. DeVaron earned her BA from Wellesley College in 1942, where she studied theory with Nadia Boulanger and her MA from Radcliffe College in 1945. At Radcliffe, deVaron studied conducting with G. Wallace Woodworth; choral composition with Archibald T. Davison, and composition with Walter Piston. DeVaron served as Assistant Conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society, Radcliffe-Harvard choir, from 1942-1944. From there, deVaron went on to conduct the Bryn Mawr College Choir from 1944-1947. She spent two summers studying conducting.

In 1947, deVaron became the choral conductor and chairperson of the choral department at New England Conservatory. She would retain this position at NEC until 1988. During this time, the NEC Chorus performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years, from 1953-1986. The NEC Chorus made more than a dozen recordings with the BSO for RCA Victor and Deutschegrammophone, some of which earned the Grand Pris du Disque or the National Academy of Recording Artists award. The Conservatory chorus also took numerous domestic and international tours during deVaron’s tenure, including trips to Europe, the Soviet Union, Israel, Puerto Rico, and China.

Also while at New England Conservatory, deVaron mentored numerous students in the choral conducting program. Many of these students went on to achieve successful careers in conducting. Among the conductors who studied under deVaron are: Frank Albinder, Jon Arterton, Betsy Burleigh, Jindong Cai, David Carrier, Marietta Cheng, Kay Dunlap, George Emlen, Bart Folse, Sheila Heffernon, Joe Horning, John Hugo, Donald Kendrick, Susan Klebanow, Janet McGhee, John Oliver, Johanna Hill Simpson, William Tortolano, and Scott Tucker.

In addition to the Conservatory, deVaron conducted in many other capacities. She served as conductor and teacher of choral conducting at Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood from 1952-1966; conductor of the Israel Summer Festival, Zimriya, 1977-1979; conductor of the New England Conservatory Camerata(1989-2001); conductor of the Longy Chamber Chorus (1988-2005); guest conductor of the Cameron Singers, Israel; guest conductor of Radio Chorus, Beijing, China, 1987; Chairman of the Choral Institute of Composers Conference, summers; member of the choral advancement panel, National Endowment for the Arts; conductor, New England Conservatory Chamber Singers at Monadnock Music Festival, summers 1982-1988, deVaron also served as editor and arranger of choral works for E.C. Schirmer and Galaxy Publications.

Among the awards that deVaron has received are Recipient Medal for Distinguished Achievement, City of Boston, 1967; Medal for Distinguished Achievement, Radcliffe Graduate Society, 1972; Medal for Distinguished Achievement, Wellesley College, 1978; Medal of Israel, 1977; Ludi award, New England Conservatory, 1983; Harvard Glee Club Medal, 1987.

Lorna Cooke deVaron was married to Jose deVaron on May 14, 1944. The couple had four children: David, Joanna, Cristina, and Alexander.

Physical description

The Lorna Cooke de Varon collection consists of 11 record cartons, and 5 flat boxes. The collection consists of paper records, scrapbooks, photographs, and a few artifacts.

Provenance

The Lorna Cooke deVaron collection has come to the New England Conservatory Archives in three phases. Three boxes were initially transferred from the Performance Services Archives in Fall 2006 and these were processed by Simmons intern, Amy Conway. In Spring 2008, three more boxes containing chorus materials were transferred to the NEC Archives and were processed by Simmons intern, Steven Booth. These two collections were integrated by Archivist, Maryalice Perrin-Mohr. Then several more boxes were donated to the NEC Archives by Lorna Cooke deVaron in 2009. All of these boxes had been stored at deVaron’s house in Cambridge, MA. In addition some of the Copland photographs were transferred from Public Relations to this collection in 2010. In early 2012, deVaron donated more programs, most of which were duplicates, as well as another scrapbook of materials from 1952-1957.

Access

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Copyright

All copyrights to this collection belong to the New England Conservatory. Permission to publish is through the Director of Libraries. This collection should be cited as the Lorna Cooke deVaron Collection, New England Conservatory Archives. Boston, MA.

Scope & Content

The Lorna Cooke deVaron collection is organized into the following twelve series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Administrative files
  3. Programs   
  4. Publicity files 
  5. Special performances
  6. Other Engagements
  7. Tour files
  8. Subject files
  9. News articles/Publications
  10. Photographs
  11. Scrapbooks
  12. Artifacts

The Correspondence is organized into general correspondence and then correspondence from the various groups of the NEC Community – administration, staff, faculty, students, etc. The General correspondence spans the years 1945-2006. DeVaron exchanged correspondence with numerous composers including Samuel Adler, Ernst Bacon, Jack Beeson, Ran Blake, Frank Brieff, Paul Chihara, Robert Cogan, Aaron Copland, John Crawford, Norman Dinerstein, Abel Ehrlich, Jim Furman, Alan Hovhaness, Anthony Iannaccone, Ruth Lomon, Witold Lutoslawski, Donald Martino, George Perle, Phillip Rhodes, Andrew Rindfleisch, Peter Schickele, Gunther Schuller, Robert Shaw, Rodion Shchedrin, Seymour Shifrin, Mal Sibulkin, Robert Sirota, Adrian T. Thomas, Randall Thompson, Yehudi Wyner, Iannis Xenakis and James Yannatos. Other highlights of the general correspondence include letters from Claudio Abbado, Jacqueline Kennedy, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Robert Shaw.

The Administrative files contain materials documenting the operations of the choral department. These include choral library information, curriculum records, membership lists, departmental reports, repertoire assignments, repertoire lists, historical records and concert schedules.

Series three consists of Programs. Like the correspondence, the programs are organized by category. The first group contains programs of the NEC Chorus and Chamber Singers that occurred in Jordan Hall or elsewhere at NEC. These programs for the most part span the years 1947-1988. The next group of programs is from concerts of the NEC Chorus with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. These BSO programs primarily span the years 1951-1987. There are concert programs from performances at the Gardner Museum as well as other Boston locations, venues outside Boston but in Massachusetts, and performances outside of Massachusetts. There are also concert programs from other ensembles conducted by deVaron, including the NEC Alumni Chorus, the Conservatory Camerata, the Longy Chamber Singers, and miscellaneous other concerts conducted by deVaron. Finally, in this series are miscellaneous concert programs for which deVaron was not the conductor.

The fourth series consists of Publicity files relating to the NEC Chorus. These include posters/flyers, organized chronologically; summaries of press comments (reviews of the chorus); press releases concerning the chorus, as well as information dealing with radio broadcasts and recordings.

Series five documents Special performances made by the NEC Chorus during deVaron’s tenure. Among these special performances are concerts and recording sessions with Aaron Copland; concerts at the Gardner Museum, the Monadnock Music Festival, and the War Memorial Auditorium dedication; performances at Winterfest, and, most substantially, files concerning performances of the NEC Chorus with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The sixth series consists of a large amount of material relating to “Other Engagements" referring to professional engagements that deVaron had that were separate from the NEC Chorus. The “Other Engagements” series is divided into several categories referring to the different varieties of activities in which deVaron was participating. These include Classes/Workshops, Conducting positions, Lectures, and Writings. There is also a category for “Notes” - folders which contain notes on a particular topic for which the purpose is not known. Among the engagements highlighted here are deVaron’s work with the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, the Choral Institute at Wellesley, the Zimiriya Festival in Israel, the Cameran Singers in Israel, the Conservatory Camerata, and the Longy School of Music Chamber Singers. In terms of the lectures which deVaron presented, the best effort was made to organize the materials according to a specific lecture, however, there may be some crossover by topic. DeVaron gave lectures at the BSO, NEC, Radcliffe, and Wellesley College among many others.

The seventh series contains the Tour files for the NEC Chorus and Chamber Singers under deVaron. These files are organized chronologically from 1957-1988. For the larger tours, the materials are organized into several folders, each focusing on a specific aspect of the tour. Some of the larger tours include those to Puerto Rico (1965), Spain/Soviet Union (1966), California (1970), Europe (1972), Israel (1978), Bulgaria/Romania (1987) and China (1988).

A small number of Subject Files makes up the eighth series. These include biographical sketches of deVaron, information about awards that deVaron received, items from Bryn Mawr, Radcliffe, and Wellesley College, correspondence with E.C. Schirmer, personal materials, and miscellaneous brochures, flyers, reports, studies and applications.

The News articles/Publications series contains both NEC publications and articles published by numerous newspapers and periodicals. The articles date from the 1940s through 2005, with the majority of the articles dating from the 1960s-1980s. A large portion of the articles are reviews of concerts given by the NEC Chorus. There are numerous reviews of concerts in which the NEC Chorus performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Also included in this series are a number of articles pertaining to the NEC Chorus tours, particularly the one to the Soviet Union in 1966.

The tenth series is comprised of Photographs. The photographs are organized by subject. These include BSO performances, Copland concerts/recordings and Tanglewood, and more general photographs which include press photographs (head shots) of deVaron; candid photographs of deVaron; other (non-NEC) choruses, photographs of deVaron conducting, general NEC Chorus photographs, and photographs from the NEC Chorus tours including California, China, Puerto Rico (1965), Puerto Rico (1983), Romania/Bulgaria, and the White House/Capitol/NY tour, as well as a large number of photos from the Soviet Union tour.

There are several scrapbooks in this collection. The two largest are anniversary scrapbooks commemorating deVaron’s 30th anniversary at NEC in 1977-1978 and her retirement from the NEC Chorus in 1988. There is a scrapbook that deVaron compiled from the Soviet Union tour, some of this is still intact, the rest is loose pages. There is also a scrapbook from the 1940s-1950s and another focusing on the NEC Alumni Chorus. An additional scrapbook was donated by deVaron to the Archives in 2012. This scrapbook spans the years 1952-1957 and contains concert reviews, photos, programs etc.  It has been photocopied for preservation purposes.

The box of Artifacts contains mostly award plaques for deVaron from various organizations including the Alfred Nash Patterson Foundation for the Choral Arts, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (from 1962, 1964, and 1970), the NEC Alumni Association, and the ACDA Eastern Division. Also included in this series are a silver plate/plaque and a silver Christmas bell which the Chorus received when they sang at the White House in 1975.

The final box of oversize materials includes items that would ordinarily fit into other series but that are physically too large to be shelved with their respective series. This box contains posters, a citation for deVaron for the Boston Medal for Distinguished Achievement, an oversize photo of deVaron conducting, and most notably a poster with a photo of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, signed by all of its members as a tribute to deVaron.

Container List

Box 1

Box 1 - Folder 1
Correspondence, General, 1945-1952
BoX 1 - Folder 2
Correspondence, General, 1953-1955
Box 1 - Folder 3
Correspondence, General, 1956-1957
Box 1 - Folder 4
Correspondence, General, 1958-1959
Box 1 - Folder 5
Correspondence, General, 1960-1961
Box 1 - Folder 6
Correspondence, General, 1962
Box 1 - Folder 7
Correspondence, General, 1963
Box 1 - Folder 8
Correspondence, General, 1964
Box 1 - Folder 9
Correspondence, General, 1965
Box 1 - Folder 10
Correspondence, General, 1966
Box 1 - Folder 11
Correspondence, General, 1967
Box 1 - Folder 12
Correspondence, General, 1968
Box 1 - Folder 13
Correspondence, General, 1969
Box 1 - Folder 14
Correspondence, General, 1970
Box 1 - Folder 15
Correspondence, General, 1971
Box 1 - Folder 16
Correspondence, General, 1972
Box 1 - Folder 17
Correspondence, General, 1973-1974
Box 1 - Folder 18
Correspondence, General, 1975-1976
Box 1 - Folder 19
Correspondence, General, 1977
Box 1 - Folder 20
Correspondence, General, 1978
Box 1 - Folder 21
Correspondence, General, 1979
Box 1 - Folder 22
Correspondence, General, 1980
Box 1 - Folder 23
Correspondence, General, 1981
Box 1 - Folder 24
Correspondence, General, 1982
Box 1 - Folder 25
Correspondence, General, 1983
Box 1 - Folder 26
Correspondence, General, 1984
Box 1 - Folder 27
Correspondence, General, 1985
Box 1 - Folder 28
Correspondence, General, 1986-1988
Box 1 - Folder 29
Correspondence, General, 1989-2006
Box 1 - Folder 30
Correspondence, General, undated
Box 1 - Folder 31
Correspondence, Administration, 1948-1958
Box 1 - Folder 32
Correspondence, Administration, 1959-1963
Box 1 - Folder 33
Correspondence, Administration, 1964-1966
Box 1 - Folder 34
Correspondence, Administration, 1967-1969
Box 1 - Folder 35
Correspondence, Administration, 1970-1972
Box 1 - Folder 36
Correspondence, Administration, 1973-1975
Box 1 - Folder 37
Correspondence, Administration, 1976-1977
Box 1 - Folder 38
Correspondence, Administration, 1978-1979
Box 1 - Folder 39
Correspondence, Administration, 1980
Box 1 - Folder 40
Correspondence, Administration, 1981-1982
Box 1 - Folder 41
Correspondence, Administration, 1983-1984
Box 1 - Folder 42
Correspondence, Administration, 1985-1994
Box 1 - Folder 43
Correspondence, Faculty, 1950-1972
Box 1 - Folder 44
Correspondence, Faculty, 1975-1982
Box 1 - Folder 45
Correspondence, Faculty, 1983-1988
Box 1 - Folder 46
Correspondence, Faculty, undated
Box 1 - Folder 47
Correspondence, Staff, 1949-1994
Box 1 - Folder 48
Correspondence, NEC Chorus, 1954-1971
Box 1 - Folder 49
Correspondence, NEC Chorus, 1972-1986 + undated
Box 1 - Folder 50
Correspondence, NEC Students, 1968-1985, 2008 + undated
Box 1 - Folder 51
Correspondence, Student Recommendations, 1968-1979
Box 1 - Folder 52
Correspondence, Student Recommendations, 1980-1986
Box 1 - Folder 53
Correspondence, Student Recommendations, undated
Box 1 - Folder 54
Correspondence, Alumni

Box 2

Box 2 - Folder 1
Administrative files, Alumni Chorus, 1950-1988 + undated
Box 2 - Folder 2
Administrative files, Choral alumni
Box 2 - Folder 3
Administrative files, Choral department, 1950-1974
Box 2 - Folder 4
Administrative files, Choral department, 1976-1988 + undated
Box 2 - Folder 5
Administrative files, Choral department, Asst. Conductor Search
Box 2 - Folder 6
Administrative files, Choral library (1)
Box 2 - Folder 7
Administrative files, Choral library (2)
Box 2 - Folder 8
Administrative files, NEC Chorus Minutes, 1964-1969
Box 2 - Folder 9
Administrative files, Curriculum, NEC Chorus
Box 2 - Folder 10
Administrative files, Curriculum, Choral conducting
Box 2 - Folder 11
Administrative files, Curriculum, Choral conducting, Reference and bibliography
Box 2 - Folder 12
Administrative files, Curriculum, Other
Box 2 - Folder 13
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Historical materials (1)
Box 2 - Folder 14
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Historical materials (2)
Box 2 - Folder 15
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Historical materials (3)
Box 2 - Folder 16
Administrative files, Junior singers
Box 2 - Folder 17
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Membership lists, by class year, 1947-1962
Box 2 - Folder 18
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Membership lists, by class year, 1963-1968, 1988
Box 2 - Folder 19
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Membership lists, 1948-1971
Box 2 - Folder 20
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Membership lists, 1972-1988
Box 2 - Folder 21
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Membership lists, undated
Box 2 - Folder 22
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Officers and Staff
Box 2 - Folder 23
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Policies
Box 2 - Folder 24
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Repertoire Assignments, 1957-1971
Box 2 - Folder 25
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Repertoire Assignments, 1972-1988
Box 2 - Folder 26
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Repertoire Assignments, undated
Box 2 - Folder 27
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Repertoire lists, 1947-1966
Box 2 - Folder 28
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Repertoire lists, 1968-1988 + miscellaneous
Box 2 - Folder 29
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Repertoire summaries
Box 2 - Folder 30
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Reports, 1947-1969
Box 2 - Folder 31
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Reports, 1970, 1971, 1986
Box 2 - Folder 32
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Schedules, 1955-1959
Box 2 - Folder 33
Administrative files, NEC Chorus, Schedules, 1969-1988 + undated
 
Box 3

Box 3 - Folder 1
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1947-1953
Box 3 - Folder 2
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1954-1958
Box 3 - Folder 3
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1959-1960
Box 3 - Folder 4
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1961-1964
Box 3 - Folder 5
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1965-1967
Box 3 - Folder 6
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1967, Centennial
Box 3 - Folder 7
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1968-1969
Box 3 - Folder 8
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1970-1971
Box 3 - Folder 9
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1972-1973
Box 3 - Folder 10
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1974-1976
Box 3 - Folder 11
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1977-1978
Box 3 - Folder 12
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1979-1980
Box 3 - Folder 13
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1981-1982
Box 3 - Folder 14
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1983
Box 3 - Folder 15
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1984
Box 3 - Folder 16
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1985
Box 3 - Folder 17
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1986
Box 3 - Folder 18
Programs. NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, 1987-1988, 2000
Box 3 - Folder 19
Programs, NEC Chorus/Chamber Singers, undated
Box 3 - Folder 20
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1949-1956
Box 3 - Folder 21
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1957-1960
Box 3 - Folder 22
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1961-1964
Box 3 - Folder 23
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1965-1966
Box 3 - Folder 24
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1967-1968
Box 3 - Folder 25
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1969-1970
Box 3 - Folder 26
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1971-1972
Box 3 - Folder 27
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1973-1974
Box 3 - Folder 28
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1975-1977
Box 3 - Folder 29
Programs, NEC Chorus w/ BSO/Pops, 1978-1981

Box 4

Box 4 - Folder 1
Programs, NEC Chorus, BSO/Pops, 1982-1983
Box 4 - Folder 2
Programs, NEC Chorus, BSO/Pops, 1984-1987, 1990
Box 4 - Folder 3
Programs, NEC Chorus, Gardner Museum, 1950-1984
Box 4 - Folder 4
Programs, NEC Chorus, Boston (other), 1948-1957
Box 4 - Folder 5
Programs, NEC Chorus, Boston (other), 1966-1969
Box 4 - Folder 6
Programs, NEC Chorus, Boston (other), 1970-1980
Box 4 - Folder 7
Programs, NEC Chorus, Boston (other), 1981-1988
Box 4 - Folder 8
Programs, NEC Chorus, MA (not Boston), 1950-1975
Box 4 - Folder 9
Programs, NEC Chorus, MA (not Boston), 1976-1982
Box 4 - Folder 10
Programs, NEC Chorus, MA (not Boston), 1983-1988
Box 4 - Folder 11
Programs, NEC Chorus, Outside MA, 1966-1975
Box 4 - Folder 12
Programs, NEC Chorus, Outside MA, 1976-1983
Box 4 - Folder 13
Programs, NEC Chorus, Outside MA, 1984-1988
Box 4 - Folder 14
Programs, NEC Chorus, Undated
Box 4 - Folder 15
Programs, Other, NEC Student Conducting recitals, 1965-1987
Box 4 - Folder 16
Programs, Other, NEC, non-choral
Box 4 - Folder 17
Programs, Other, Non-NEC held at NEC
Box 4 - Folder 18
Programs, Other, NEC Alumni Chorus
Box 4 - Folder 19
Programs, Other, Conservatory Camerata, 1989-2005
Box 4 - Folder 20
Programs, Other, Longy School of Music, 1988-1993
Box 4 - Folder 21
Programs, Other, Longy School of Music, 1994-1995
Box 4 - Folder 22
Programs, Other, Longy School of Music, 1996-2005 + undated
Box 4 - Folder 23
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, deVaron conducting, 1940s-1950s
Box 4 - Folder 24
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, deVaron conducting, 1962-1969
Box 4 - Folder 25
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, deVaron conducting, 1970-1979
Box 4 - Folder 26
Programs, Other, Miscelleneous, deVaron, conducting, 1980-1991, 2012 + undated
Box 4 - Folder 27
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, non-deVaron concerts, 1942-1959
Box 4 - Folder 28
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, non-deVaron concerts, 1960-1969
Box 4 - Folder 29
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, non-deVaron concerts, 1970-1972

Box 5

Box 5 - Folder 1
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, non-deVaron concerts, 1980-1983
Box 5 - Folder 2
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, non-deVaron concerts, 1984-1986
Box 5 - Folder 3
Programs, Other, Miscelleneous, non-deVaron concerts, 1987-1989
Box 5 - Folder 4
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, non-deVaron concerts, 1990-2006
Box 5 - Folder 5
Programs, Other, Miscellaneous, non-deVaron concerts, undated
Box 5 - Folder 6
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Posters/Flyers, 1952-1969
Box 5 - Folder 7
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Posters/Flyers, 1970-1979
Box 5 - Folder 8
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Posters/Flyers, 1980-1984
Box 5 - Folder 9
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Posters/Flyers, 1985-1989
Box 5 - Folder 10
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Posters/Flyers, undated
Box 5 - Folder 11
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Press Comments
Box 5 - Folder 12
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Press Releases
Box 5 - Folder 13
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Radio broadcasts
Box 5 - Folder 14
Publicity files, NEC Chorus, Recordings
Box 5 - Folder 15
Special performances, NEC Chorus, ACDA Conferences
Box 5 - Folder 16
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Copland concerts/recording, 1964
Box 5 - Folder 17
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Copland concerts/recording, 1965
Box 5 - Folder 18
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Gardner Museum
Box 5 - Folder 19
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Hall Johnson Tribute
Box 5 - Folder 20
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Making Music Together
Box 5 - Folder 21
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Monadnock Music, 1982-1983
Box 5 - Folder 22
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Monadnock Music, 1984-1985
Box 5 - Folder 23
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Monadnock Music, 1986-1987
Box 5 - Folder 24
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Moses and Aaron, Boston Opera Co.
Box 5 - Folder 25
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Performances with BSO, 1955-1969
Box 5 - Folder 26
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Performances with BSO, 1970-1979
Box 5 - Folder 27
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Performances with BSO, 1980-1987
Box 5 - Folder 28
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Performances with BSO, History/ lists
Box 5 - Folder 29
Special performances, NEC Chorus, War Memorial Auditorium Dedication
Box 5 - Folder 30
Special performances, NEC Chorus, White House Christmas
Box 5 - Folder 31
Special performances, NEC Chorus, Winterfest

Box 6

Box 6 - Folder 1
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Berkshire Music Center, Correspondence
Box 6 - Folder 2
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Berkshire Music Center, Flyers, Catalogs, Misc.
Box 6 - Folder 3
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Berkshire Music Center, 1953-1964
Box 6 - Folder 4
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Berkshire Music Center, 1965-1983
Box 6 - Folder 5
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, The Choral Institute (1)
Box 6 - Folder 6
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, The Choral Institute (20
Box 6 - Folder 7
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Music for Church – United Council Churches
Box 6 - Folder 8
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, NEC Summer School
Box 6 - Folder 9
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, University of Minnesota, Choir Director’s Workshop, 1993
Box 6 - Folder 10
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Westminster Choir College
Box 6 - Folder 11
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Westminster, Five Perspectives on Choral Conducting
Box 6 - Folder 12
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Westminster, Modern Choral Music
Box 6 - Folder 13
Other Engagements, Classes/Workshops, Zimriya Festival, Israel, 1977, 1979
Box 6 - Folder 14
Other Engagements, Conducting, Beijing Radio Chorus, 1987
Box 6 - Folder 15
Other Engagements, Conducting, Cameran Singers, Israel
Box 6 - Folder 16
Other Engagements, Conducting, Conservatory Camerata
Box 6 - Folder 17
Other Engagements, Conducting, Dade County Festivals
Box 6 - Folder 18
Other Engagements, Conducting, Longy School of Music, Chamber Singers
Box 6 - Folder 19
Other Engagements, Conducting, Specsuus Choral Festival, 1976
Box 6 - Folder 20
Other Engagements, Lectures, 1967 Retrospective lecture
Box 6 - Folder 21
Other Engagements, Lectures, ACDA Convention, 1975
Box 6 - Folder 22
Other Engagements, Lectures, ACDA, Deerfield, 1994
Box 6 - Folder 23
Other Engagements, Lectures, American Choral Music
Box 6 - Folder 24
Other Engagements, Lectures, American Choral Music, Talk in Beijing
Box 6 - Folder 25
Other Engagements, Lectures, Berlioz Requiem (BSO April 15, 1982); Mahler 2
Box 6 - Folder 26
Other Engagements, Lectures, Speech for Blanche Honegger Moyse
Box 6 - Folder 27
Other Engagements, Lectures, BSO Pre-Concert talk, October 13, 1978
Box 6 - Folder 28
Other Engagements, Lectures, BSO Pre-Concert talk, April 23, 1989
Box 6 - Folder 29
Other Engagements, Lectures, Speech re: Bud Patterson
Box 6 - Folder 30
Other Engagements, Lectures, Choral Music
Box 6 - Folder 31
Other Engagements, Lectures, Friends of NEC, 1975
Box 6 - Folder 32
Other Engagements, Lectures, Harvard Glee Club, May 4, 1987
Box 6 - Folder 33
Other Engagements, Lectures, Ives
Box 6 - Folder 34
Other Engagements, Lectures, Jewish-Arab Youth League
Box 6 - Folder 35
Other Engagements, Lectures, Laurence Lesser Inauguration
Box 6 - Folder 36
Other Engagements, Lectures, Longy Commencement Speech, 1979
Box 6 - Folder 37
Other Engagements, Lectures, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”
Box 6 - Folder 38
Other Engagements, Lectures, Modern Choral Music
Box 6 - Folder 39
Other Engagements, Lectures, Modern Choral Music, ACDA Philadelphia, 1988
Box 6 - Folder 40
Other Engagements, Lectures, Modern Choral Music, Harvard paper?
Box 6 - Folder 41
Other Engagements, Lectures, Modern Choral Music, Mass ACDA, 1994
Box 6 - Folder 42
Other Engagements, Lectures, Modern Choral Music, re: NEC Chorus
Box 6 - Folder 43
Other Engagements, Lectures, NEC Commencement, H.D. Presentation, William Schwann, 1982
Box 6 - Folder 44
Other Engagements, Lectures, NEC Commencement, H.D. Presentation, Robert Shaw, 1983
Box 6 - Folder 45
Other Engagements, Lectures, Problems of Modern Choral Music
Box 6 - Folder 46
Other Engagements, Lectures, Progressive Programming Lecture
Box 6 - Folder 47
Other Engagements, Lectures, Radcliffe Choral Society, May 20, 1955
Box 6 - Folder 48
Other Engagements, Lectures, Radcliffe Graduate Society, 1972
Box 6 - Folder 49
Other Engagements, Lectures, re: Randall Thompson
Box 6 - Folder 50
Other Engagements, Lectures, Speech, November 10, 1995
Box 6 - Folder 51
Other Engagements, Lectures, Tanglewood Orchestral Conductors, 1965
Box 6 - Folder 52
Other Engagements, Lectures, Teaching Modern Choral Music to H.S. Choruses
Box 6 - Folder 53
Other Engagements, Lectures, Villancicos
Box 6 - Folder 54
Other Engagements, Lectures, Wellesley Award Speech, 1978
Box 6 - Folder 55
Other Engagements, Lectures, Wellesley Reunion Speech
Box 6 - Folder 56
Other Engagements, Lectures, Wellesley Speech
Box 6 - Folder 57
Other Engagements, Lectures, West Hartford Talk
Box 6 - Folder 58
Other Engagements, Lectures, WGBH, 1950s?
Box 6 - Folder 59
Other Engagements, Notes, Mahler’s 8th Symphony
Box 6 - Folder 60
Other Engagements, Notes, Mozart, C minor Mass
Box 6 - Folder 61
Other Engagements, Notes, Orff, Carmina Burana
Box 6 - Folder 62
Other Engagements, Notes, Schubert’s Mass in G
Box 6 - Folder 63
Other Engagements, Notes, Miscellaneous
Box 6 - Folder 64
Other Engagements, Writings, Essay on Career Influences
Box 6 - Folder 65
Other Engagements, Writings, NEC Position Paper
Box 6 - Folder 66
Other Engagements, Writings, The Power of Many Voices
Box 6 - Folder 67
Other Engagements, Writings, Radcliffe Quarterly Article, 1984
Box 6 - Folder 68
Other Engagements, Writings, Sacred Choral Music of Daniel Pinkham
Box 6 - Folder 69
Other Engagements, Writings, Tribute to Jordan Hall
Box 6 - Folder 70
Other Engagements, Writings, Wellesley College Alumnae Magazine, 1965-66
Box 6 - Folder 71
Other Engagements, Miscellaneous, Flyers, programs, etc.

Box 7

Box 7 - Folder 1
Tour files, 1957, MA, RI, CT
Box 7 - Folder 2
Tour files, 1958, VT, NH
Box 7 - Folder 3
Tour files, 1959, RI, NY, CT
Box 7 - Folder 4
Tour files, 1960, RI, CT, NY, MA
Box 7 - Folder 5
Tour files, 1961, CT, NJ, NY
Box 7 - Folder 6
Tour files, 1962, MA, NY
Box 7 - Folder 7
Tour files, 1963, Atlantic City and NY
Box 7 - Folder 8
Tour files, 1964, Europe, Proposed
Box 7 - Folder 9
Tour files, 1964, NY, CT, OH
Box 7 - Folder 10
Tour files, 1965, Town Hall, NY
Box 7 - Folder 11
Tour files, 1965, Puerto Rico (1) includes correspondence, 1964-1965
Box 7 - Folder 12
Tour files, 1965, Puerto Rico (2) includes programs, itineraries, budget reports, miscell.
Box 7 - Folder 13
Tour files, 1966, Washington, DC and New England
Box 7 - Folder 14
Tour files, 1966, Spain
Box 7 - Folder 15
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, General Correspondence
Box 7 - Folder 16
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Post-tour Correspondence, 1967
Box 7 - Folder 17
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Correspondence, Personal
Box 7 - Folder 18
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Correspondence, Undated
Box 7 - Folder 19
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Brochures/ tourist materials
Box 7 - Folder 20
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Documentation
Box 7 - Folder 21
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Miscellaneous
Box 7 - Folder 22
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Notes/Bios
Box 7 - Folder 23
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Posters
Box 7 - Folder 24
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Preparatory/Policy Materials
Box 7 - Folder 25
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Press Releases/PR Reports
Box 7 - Folder 26
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Programs
Box 7 - Folder 27
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Reminiscences
Box 7 - Folder 28
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Rosters/Itineraries
Box 7 - Folder 29
Tour files, 1966, Soviet Union, Soviet Student Comments
Box 7 - Folder 30
Tour files, 1968, CT, MD, DC, VA, NY
Box 7 - Folder 31
Tour files, 1970, California (1), (Correspondence)
Box 7 - Folder 32
Tour files, 1970, California (2) (contacts, contracts, deVaron’s bio, chorus roster, reports)
Box 7 - Folder 33
Tour files, 1970, California (3) (Itineraries, programs, press)

Box 8

Box 8 - Folder 1
Tour files, 1971, NY, OH, VA, DC (1) (Correspondence, contracts, reports)
Box 8 - Folder 2
Tour files, 1971, NY, OH, VA, DC (2) (Rosters, programs, itineraries, press, misc)
Box 8 - Folder 3
Tour files, 1972, NYC
Box 8 - Folder 4
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Correspondence, 1970-1971
Box 8 - Folder 5
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Correspondence, Jan-Feb. 1972
Box 8 - Folder 6
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Correspondence, March 1972
Box 8 - Folder 7
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Correspondence, April 1972
Box 8 - Folder 8
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Correspondence, May 1972
Box 8 - Folder 9
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Correspondence, June 1972
Box 9 Folder 10
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Correspondence, July – December 1972
Box 8 - Folder 11
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Fundraising/PR
Box 8 - Folder 12
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Memoranda to Chorus
Box 8 - Folder 13
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Performance Materials
Box 8 - Folder 14
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Practical (travel arrangements, itineraries, rosters)
Box 8 - Folder 15
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Programs/Flyers
Box 8 - Folder 16
Tour files, 1972, Europe, Reports
Box 8 - Folder 17
Tour files, 1974, Southern U.S., proposed
Box 8 - Folder 18
Tour files, 1974, Europe (France and Switzerland)
Box 8 - Folder 19
Tour files, 1975, Washington, DC
Box 8 - Folder 20
Tour files, 1976, NY, MA, RI
Box 8 - Folder 21
Tour files, 1977, Puerto Rico (1) (correspondence, reports, fundraising, press)
Box 8 - Folder 22
Tour files, 1977, Puerto Rico (2) (rosters, programs, itineraries)
Box 8 - Folder 23
Tour files, 1978, Southern U.S., Proposed
Box 8 - Folder 24
Tour files, 1978, Israel (1) (Fundraising)
Box 8 - Folder 25
Tour files, 1978, Israel (2) (personnel, programs/song lists, itineraries /schedules, press)
Box 8 - Folder 26
Tour files, 1978, Israel (3) (travel arrangements, correspondence, reports)
Box 8 - Folder 27
Tour files, 1979, NH
Box 8 - Folder 28
Tour files, 1981, Southern, US
Box 8 - Folder 29
Tour files, 1982, China, Proposed tour
Box 8 - Folder 30
Tour files, 1982, New England
Box 8 - Folder 31
Tour files, 1982, Mexico City
Box 8 - Folder 32
Tour files, 1983, Texas/Louisiana
Box 8 - Folder 33
Tour files, 1983, Puerto Rico
Box 8 - Folder 34
Tour files, 1984, Mini-tour, NH, MA, VT
Box 8 - Folder 35
Tour files, 1985, CT and Western PA
Box 8 - Folder 36
Tour files, 1985, CT and MA
Box 8 - Folder 37
Tour files, 1986, Spain, Cancelled
Box 8 - Folder 38
Tour files, 1986-1987, Warsaw, Moscow, Leningrad
Box 8 - Folder 39
Tour files, 1987, CT
Box 8 - Folder 40
Tour files, 1987, Bulgaria/Romania(oversize in box)
Box 8 - Folder 41
Tour files, 1988, Texas
Box 8 - Folder 42
Tour files, 1988, China (1)
Box 8 - Folder 43
Tour files, 1988, China (2)

Box 9

Box 9 - Folder 1
Subject files, Awards (side of box)
Box 9 - Folder 2
Subject files, Biographical Sketches
Box 9 - Folder 3
Subject files, Bryn Mawr/Radcliffe
Box 9 - Folder 4
Subject files, E.C. Schirmer
Box 9 - Folder 5
Subject files, Personal materials
Box 9 - Folder 6
Subject files, Miscellaneous, Brochures/flyers\
Box 9 - Folder 7
Subject files, Reports/Studies/Applications
Box 9 - Folder 8
Subject files, Wellesley College
Box 9 - Folder 9
Subject files, Miscellaneous, Workshops/Masterclasses
Box 9 - Folder 10
Subject files, Miscellaneous, Other
Box 9 - Folder 11
News articles/Publications, NEC Publications, Mater Musica, 1927
Box 9 - Folder 12
News articles/Publications, NEC Publications, 1949-1958
Box 9 - Folder 13
News articles/Publications, NEC Publications, 1958-1969
Box 9 - Folder 14
News articles/Publications, NEC Publications, 1970-1985
Box 9 - Folder 15
News articles/Publications, NEC Publications, 1986-1992
Box 9 - Folder 16
News articles/Publications, 1930s-1940s
Box 9 - Folder 17
News articles/Publications, 1950-1954
Box 9 - Folder 18
News articles/Publications, 1955-1959
Box 9 - Folder 19
News articles/Publications, 1960-1961
Box 9 - Folder 20
News articles/Publications, 1962-1964
Box 9 - Folder 21
News articles/Publications, 1965
Box 9 - Folder 22
News articles/Publications, 1966
Box 9 - Folder 23
News articles/Publications, 1967
Box 9 - Folder 24
News articles/Publications, 1968
Box 9 - Folder 25
News articles/Publications, 1969
Box 9 - Folder 26
News articles/Publications, 1970-1974
Box 9 - Folder 27
News articles/Publications, 1975-1980
Box 9 - Folder 28
News articles/Publications, 1981-1984
Box 9 - Folder 29
News articles/Publications, 1985-1989
Box 9 - Folder 30
News articles/Publications, 1990-2006
Box 9 - Folder 31
News articles/Publications, undated

Box 10

Photographs, General

Box 10 - Folder 1
BSO
Box 10 - Folder 2
Copland
Box 10 - Folder 3
Tanglewood
Bpx 10 - Folder 4
Miscellaneous (incl. Pablo Casals)
Box 10 - Folder 5
DeVaron, Press photographs (head shots)
Box 10 - Folder 6
DeVaron, Candid photographs (1)
Box 10 - Folder 7
DeVaron, Candid photographs (2)
Box 10 - Folder 8
DeVaron, Candid photographs (3)
Box 10 - Folder 9
Choruses, Other

Box 11

Photographs, General

Box 11 - Folder 1
DeVaron Conducting photographs (1)
Box 11 - Folder 2
DeVaron Conducting photographs (2)
Box 11 - Folder 3
General Chorus (NEC) Photographs (1)
Box 11 - Folder 4
General Chorus (NEC) Photographs (2)
Box 11 - Folder 5
General Chorus (NEC) Photographs (3)

Box 12

Photographs, Tours

Box 12 - Folder 1
Photographs, California
Box 12 - Folder 2
Photographs, China Tour
Box 12 - Folder 3
Photographs, Puerto Rico (1965)
Box 12 - Folder 4
Photographs, Puerto Rico (1983)
Box 12 - Folder 5
Photographs, Romania and Bulgaria
Box 12 - Folder 6
Photographs, White House, Capitol/NY
Box 12 - Folder 7
Photographs, Tours, Miscellaneous

Box 13

Photographs, Tours

Box 13 - Folder 1
Photographs, Spain
Box 13 - Folder 2
Photographs, Soviet Union, Baku
Box 13 - Folder 3
Photographs, Soviet Union, Kiev
Box 13 - Folder 4
Photographs, Soviet Union, Leningrad
Box 13 - Folder 5
Photographs, Soviet Union, Lvov
Box 13 - Folder 6
Photographs, Soviet Union, Minsk
Box 13 - Folder 7
Photographs, Soviet Union, Moscow (1)
Box 13 - Folder 8
Photographs, Soviet Union, Moscow (2)
Box 13 - Folder 9
Photographs, Soviet Union, Tblisi
Box 13 - Folder 10
Photographs, Soviet Union, Yerevan
Box 13 - Folder 11
Photographs, Soviet Union tour, Canada and Boston
Box 13 - Folder 12
Photographs, Soviet Union, Unidentified, Miscellaneous

Box 14

Scrapbooks

Scrapbook, Lorna Cooke deVaron, Soviet Union Tour
Scrapbook, Lorna Cooke deVaron, Soviet Union Tour, loose pages
Scrapbook, Unknown compiler, Trip to China (not NEC Chorus trip)
Scrapbook, Lorna Cooke deVaron, NEC Alumni Chorus
Scrapbook, Lorna Cooke deVaron, 1940s-1950s
Scrapbook, Lorna Cooke deVaron, 1952-1957
Scrapbook, Lorna Cooke deVaron, 30th anniversary at NEC
Scrapbook, Lorna Cooke deVaron, from the Alumni Association, May 1988, on the occasion of her retirement from the NEC Chorus

Box 15

Plaques, Artifacts

Box 16

Oversize materials