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A Popular Performance, or Playing Copyrighted Music in Public

Today we got a very interesting inquiry and I wanted to share the story. A high school band director called Special Collections wanting a copies of an arranged score by Frank Erickson for an upcoming concert. Sounds amazing, right? I… Continue Reading →

ODU’s School of Music Celebrates Black History Month

To honor the rich history and cultural significance of black voices, Old Dominion’s F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music is celebrating with choral program. The concert, coordinated by Asia Daniels (an incredibly impressive freshman music student), is titled Black History… 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 →

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 →

Interested in Getting a Master of Library and Information Studies?

Why not check out the BRAND NEW Master of Library and Information Studies at Old Dominion University? Starting this Fall, ODU will be offering a 30 credit hour master program in library science. Fields covered will include: public, academic and… Continue Reading →

The Graduation Song: a Brief History of Pomp and Circumstance

About a week ago, over dinner, my S.O. brought up the topic of “the graduation song”… What’s it actually called? Why do schools cross the United States use the same song over and over, from Elementary to University? and Isn’t… Continue Reading →

The Rite of Spring…Gangnam Style?

In celebration of the Vernal Equinox, may I present the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky…Gangnam Style! Spring is supposed to be a time of joyfulness and renewal. My hope is that this brings a smile to your face, dear Reader.

Love Poems and Yeats Songs

  Happy Valentine’s Day music lovers, archive lovers and lovers of Allan Blank! To celebrate this day of love, I wanted to share a composition by Mr. Blank based off the poem Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats from “Four… Continue Reading →

Art in the Archives

Usually, cats aren’t allowed in the library, but Special Collections made an exception for this one! Clip art at it’s finest!

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