Music can soothe the savage beast, fire the imagination or take ones spirit soaring. Music is a simple flute echoing through the hills or a thundering organ calling you to worship. Music is a brazen horn or a symphonic gathering of strings, reeds, brass and tympani. Music is a chorus grand or the single voice of a young boy in a vaulted sanctuary.
The University of North Texas and, in particular, their School of Musics reputation in the music field is nationally known. Recognition of this position led the University to create a Library of Music and provide space for ancient and modern books, portfolios and recordings. Making these treasures electronically available to the world places the University among the most "wired" facilities in the nation.
Mr. Morris Martin, head of the Music Division of the Library says, "A number of jewels like the Stan Kenton collection make up the majority of our present treasury. We now have the opportunity to add yet another diamond to the UNT crown of music."
Motivated as a youth by training in the prominent Apollo Boy Choir, George Bragg, while still an undergraduate at UNT in the mid 1940's, set about to create a forum to share his love for music. Bragg established and directed the historic Denton Civic Boy Choir in 1946. Their performance quality steadily grew and the industry and the world took notice. With its greater scope, the group became redefined as the modern day Texas Boys Choir - twice winning Grammy Awards.
As Director during the period from the 40's and into the 70's, George Bragg recorded not just music, but the knowledge of what makes good music and how to produce the sounds that personify quality.
Following his tenure with the TBC, Bragg traveled across the nation working with and training over 40 choirmasters and a number of boy choirs. From the Pasadena Boys Choir to the well-known Boy Choir of Harlem, George applied his knowledge and experience.
Mr. Martin related, "That documented training material, coupled with photographs of other nationally and world-renowned music artists and directors, awards of achievement recognition, promotional posters, letters of congratulation and praise, and a huge collection of news articles, encompasses a collection of immeasurable value. UNT wants this material."
Word of the acquisition of the collection and the creation of a library dedicated to boy choir music has circulated and is attracting the interest of other choirs desiring to be involved and represented.
Space in the Universitys Willis Library building has been designated to house this asset. The location must be renovated to properly retain a safe environment for the exhibit materials, set up a reading room for visitors and scholars, and provide storage and preservation space.
Much of the cost of this renovation must come from tax-deductible philanthropic donations from individuals and associations.
Ex-Choirboy volunteers from the 1946 first year of the DCBC organization, Marvin Bahnman and Tom Haughton are generously providing their time and financial contributions to this effort. Performing several time consuming clerical tasks, they alleviate project pressures on the University staff.
"This is an expensive undertaking", says Mr. Martin. "We urgently need participation by music lovers everywhere in order to reach our goal of $100,000 --- of which a full 25% has already been donated by the University of North Texas and caring friends."
Editors of this Web site encourage our readers to consider making exemplary and generous contributions to the establishment of the library as a tribute to the regions cultural development over the past half century.
Send your tax-deductible contributions to the project co-chairman, Tom Haughton at 521 Baker Drive, Hurst, Texas 76054. Receipt of your donation will be acknowledged by the volunteer staff and further by a tax deduction receipt from the University upon conclusion of the campaign. Help make this a reality.
Note: Please make your check payable to University of North Texas. Annotate your check as, for the Bragg Library Fund.
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