Winnipeg Music Competition Festival:

An Inventory of Its Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by Brett Lougheed (March 2002)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 11 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
Winnipeg Music Competition Festival (formerly known as the Men's Music Club)

Title:
Winnipeg Music Competition Festival fonds

Dates:
1915-1989

Quantity:
0.92 m of textual records

Identification:
MSS 11, PC 13

Language
English.

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Historical Sketch of Winnipeg Music Competition Festival

The Winnipeg Music Competition Festival was known as the Men's Music Club until 1988. The Club was founded by a group of 40 businessmen in December 1915 for the purpose of promoting the art of music. Recitals were held initially every Saturday evening at the Royal Alexander Hotel. Within the first couple of years membership figures averaged around 120, of which approximately thirty per cent were professional musicians. In 1916 the Club organized a Male Voice Quartet which eventually became the famous Winnipeg Male Voice Choir under the leadership of Hugh Ross. In 1919 the Manitoba Musical Competition Festival was organized followed by the Boys Choir under the conductorship of Miss Ethel Kinley in 1925. The Philharmonic Choir was formed independently in 1922 under the leadership of the Club conductor, Hugh Ross. The Philharmonic Choir was taken over by the Club as one of its sections. In 1946 the Civic Music League was formed by the Club and, through it, the formation of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 1987 the Men's Music Club became known as the Winnipeg Music Competition Festival, Inc. following increased involvement from the Women's Committee. The group disbanded the following year.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection contains membership records, constitution and by-laws, correspondence, minutes of meetings, programs, publicity brochures, and a history.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 17 series.

  • History of the Club, 1915-1934
  • Constitution and By-Laws, 1916-1922, 1965-1975
  • Miscellaneous Membership Records
  • Correspondence (arranged chronologically)
  • Meetings 1916-1988
  • Committees (Standing)
  • Manitoba Musical Competition
  • Committees (Special)
  • Choirs
  • Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (early records)
  • Winnipeg Youth Choirs
  • Women's Auxiliary / Committee of the Men's Music Club, 1955-1989
  • Programs, 1916-1974
  • Western Canada Provincial Musical Competitions
  • Music in Winnipeg, 1949
  • Miscellanea and Facetia, 1910-1937
  • Photograph Collection (PC 15), 1934

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Restrictions on Use

Open to all researchers

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Detailed Description of the Collection

History of the Club, 1915-1934
BoxFolder
11 History of the Club, 1915-1934

(5 items)

1. Crescendo: a Business Man's Romance in Music by G. Sharp Major (the first nineteen years 1915-1934)

2. Club News October 1925 - October 3, 1922

3. Privileges and Regulations

4. Short history (2 typed pages)

5. A chronology of important dates (printed)

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Constitution and By-Laws, 1916-1922, 1965-1975
BoxFolder
12 Constitution and By-Laws, 1916-1922, 1965-1975

(4 items)

1. Constitution and Rules, 1916-1917

2. Constitution and Rules, 1922

3. Constitution and By-Laws, 1965

4. Constitution and By-Law, 1975

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Miscellaneous Membership Records
BoxFolder
13 Miscellaneous Membership Records

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Correspondence (arranged chronologically)
BoxFolder
14 Incoming
5 Outgoing

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Meetings 1916-1988
BoxFolder
21 Regular Weekly Meetings - Minutes, 1916-1922
2 Annual Meetings - Agendas
3-6 Annual Meetings - Minutes and Reports, 1917-1959
BoxFolder
31-2 Annual Meetings - Minutes and Reports, 1960-1973
3 Semi-Annual Meetings, 1927-1960
4 Joint Meetings, 1919-1966
5 Special Meetings, 1917-1969
6 Emergency Meetings
7 Director's Meetings, 1917-
8 Executive Council Meetings, 1917-1973
BoxFolder
41 Board of Director's Meetings: a) Agendas
2-8 Board of Director's Meetings: b) Minutes, 1933-1974
BoxFolder
4A1 Annual Reports / Board Minutes, 1968-1973
2 Annual Reports / Board Minutes, 1976-1977
3 Annual Reports / Board Minutes, 1978-1980
4 Annual Reports / Board Minutes, 1978-1981
5 Annual Reports / Board Minutes, 1981-1983
6 Annual Reports / Board Minutes, 1983-1985
BoxFolder
4B1 Annual Reports / Board Minutes, 1985-1988
2 Financial Statements, 1973-1979
3 Financial Statements, 1980-1988

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Committees (Standing)
BoxFolder
51 Finance - budgets
2 Finance - operating accounts
3 Finance - Trusts, tax exemptions, etc.
4 Concert Planning Committee
5 Membership Committee
6 Publicity and Advertising
7 Donations and Grants
8-9 Manitoba Musical Competition Festival Cmte.

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Manitoba Musical Competition
BoxFolder
510 Constitution and Rules
11 Publicity
12 Awards
13 Legal Action re: 1951 Festival

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Committees (Special)
BoxFolder
514 Library Committee
15 Nomination Committee
16 Coronation Eve Committee
17 Concert Hall Committee
18 Scholarship Committee
19 Scholarship Committee

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Choirs
BoxFolder
61 Winnipeg Boy's Choir
2 Winnipeg Girl's Choir
3 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: a) General Records
4 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: b) Rules
5 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Warrenroth
6 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Hamburg
7 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Gabrilowitsch
8 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Merv
9 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Salvi
10 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Thibault
11 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Grainger
12 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Campbell-McGinnis
13 Winnipeg Male Voice Choir: c) Publicity - Salmond
14 Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir: a) General
15 Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir: b) By-Laws
16 Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir: c) Publicity, general
17 Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir: d) Publicity, Canterbury Pilgrims

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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (early records)
BoxFolder
618 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (early records

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Winnipeg Youth Choirs
BoxFolder
619 Winnipeg Youth Choirs

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Women's Auxiliary / Committee of the Men's Music Club, 1955-1989
BoxFolder
620 Women's Auxiliary
BoxFolder
81 History and Scattered Minutes, 1964-1967
2 Membership Lists, 1968-1973
3 Correspondence, 1968-1972
4 Minutes and Reports, 1968-1976
5 Minutes and Reports, 1976-1978
6 Minutes and Reports, 1979-1981
7 Minutes and Reports, 1981-1983
8 Minutes and Reports, 1984-1989
9 Financial Statements, 1955-1989

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Programs, 1916-1974
BoxFolder
621 Programs (scattered issues), 1916-1974

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Western Canada Provincial Musical Competitions
BoxFolder
622 Western Canada Provincial Musical Competitions

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Music in Winnipeg, 1949
BoxFolder
623 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1949

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Miscellanea and Facetia, 1910-1937
BoxFolder
71 Miscellanea and Facetia, 1910-1937

(4 items)

1. Bibliography of scores presented to the University of Manitoba Libraries

2. Proclamation (1910)

3. Souvenir Program of the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, 1937

4. A two-act comic opera

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Photograph Collection (PC 15), 1934

1. 21st Annual Conference of delegates from the Musical Competition Festival of Canada

2. Mathieson Trophy

3. Henri Verbrugger

4. Alberto Salvi

5. Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, 1934, Map Cabinet #1

6. Unidentified (2)

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