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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 258

Canadian Music Educators' Association fonds.  - 1959-1995.  - 4.14 m of textual records.  - 60 photographs.  - 30 negatives.  - 1 slide. 

Biographical sketch
Founded by a number of Canadians under the chairmanship of Leslie Bell and incorporated in 1972, the Canadian Music Educators' Association represents provincial music educators' associations such as the British Columbia Music Educators' Association, the Music Council of the Newfoundland Teachers' Association and the Ontario Music Educators' Association.  The organization's primary goal is to inform musicians and music educators in Canada; it also publishes a quarterly, The Canadian Music Educator, the Newsletter, and a range of papers.  The Association holds biennial national conventions and organizes a number of conferences in the areas of education, the media and publishing.  Beginning in 1964, the Association has conferred the Leslie Bell Award on a host province choir at each convention.  In 1989, it also initiated several new awards, including the Christopher Gledhill Award (orchestra), the Don Wright Award (vocal or instrumental jazz ensemble) and the Robert Rosevear Award (concert band).  Association presidents have included G. Roy Fenwick (1959-60), Lola MacQuarrie (1963-65), Kenneth Bray (1973-77) and Paul Maynard (1985-89). 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the Association's activities, including minutes of board of directors meetings; correspondence; financial statements; members' files; publications committee reports; the Association's Newsletter; programs and other convention-related material; and St Catharines documentation centre material; photographs taken mainly during symposiums. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from the Canadian Music Educators' Association in 1997. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  every five years. 

Proactive Disclosure