Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

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Old Dominion University Closed

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Old Dominion University has decided to close until March 23, 2020. Below is a statement from the university. In keeping with Gov. Northam’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people and in… 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 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!

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 →

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 →

Spotlight on ODU Composers: Adolphus Hailstork

Recently, President Broderick held his annual State of the University address for ODU faculty and staff. It was an opportunity to learn about the incredible works of the campus community, see where the president envisions the university heading and most… Continue Reading →

An Interview with Andrey Kasparov

Sitting at a quiet table in front of Starbucks, I meet composer, pianist and professor Andrey Kasparov. Drinking iced tea, we speak about his hero and my patron Allan Blank. We talk about music and archives, the future of the… 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 →

Listening to A Miscellany for Saxophone Quartet

Last week one of our new student workers asked me what I was working on. I explained that I am the Archival Processor for the Allan Blank Collection and my job is to preserve and organize the composer’s work. Picking… Continue Reading →

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