Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

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A New Year’s Concert from the Invencia Piano Duo

Just posted a few days ago to ring in the new year, Andrey Kasparov plays a beautiful piece along side the Old Dominion University and the Governor’s School for the Arts Orchestras at Chandler Hall. Happy New Year reader!

Merry and Bright: A Dancing Score For Your Delight!

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol With winter’s chill upon us and the holidays fast approaching, I’m finding myself filled with joy and anticipation. I’m surrounded… Continue Reading →

Attending the Student Performance Hour

Unexpected job perks are the best. In most offices this means free pizza every once in a while, a day off for your birthday, or maybe a candy dish at the front desk. My awesome job perk attending the occasional… Continue Reading →

Do you want to write music for a living?

Music surrounds us, even if we’re not paying attention. That jingle you can’t get out of your hear after watching a commercial, the ambient music of an elevator, the thrilling sounds accompanying an action movie and even your phone’s ringtone… Continue Reading →

A Donor Walks into a Bar…err…I mean the DCR

Recently, I was asked to think about how I would react to a particular work situation and I thought this would be a great opportunity to educate you dear Reader on Deeds of Gift. Sometimes, often without prior notice, a… Continue Reading →

Meet the Archivist: Celebrating Archives Month

In honor of Archives Month, my wonderful director decided to highlight Old Dominion Special Collections and University Archives staff. Everyday, I’m surrounded by professionals who are passionate about their work and extremely knowledgeable. I feel incredibly lucky to work with… Continue Reading →

For an Autumn Day, Some Notes

Autumn Fires By: Robert Louis Stevenson In the other gardens   And all up in the vale,From the autumn bonfires   See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over,    And all the summer flowers,The red fire blazes,   The grey smoke towers. Sing a… Continue Reading →

Money for Music: the Allan and Margot Blank Foundation and Other Grant Opportunities

Are you a music student looking for funding towards a music degree? A choral group looking to fund your next album? A soloist wanting to put on a concert honoring your favorite composer (Allan Blank, of course)?   Finding funding… Continue Reading →

Celebrating 50 Years with a Song

This September marks the 50th anniversary of Old Dominion University founding (technically its third founding… let me explain…)! In 1930, Old Dominion was first established as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. This partnership lasted until… Continue Reading →

Learning to Speak “Archives”

Last week I had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes with the newest intern in Special Collections. What was originally supposed to be a quick explanation of what I do everyday, turned into 45 minutes of archival theory… Continue Reading →

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