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HALL, DOREEN, 1921-
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Doreen Hall.  (By permission of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto)

Doreen Hall fonds.  - 1921-1994.  - 1.86 m of textual records.  - 361 photographs.  - 4 negatives.  - 27 audio tape reels.  - 5 videocassettes. 

Bibliographic sketch
After moving to Ontario, Irish-born educator and violinist Doreen Hall began violin lessons, first with her father and then with Elie Spivak at the Toronto Conservatory of Music.  From 1942 to 1945, she taught violin at Alma College in St. Thomas, Ontario, and for a number of years, she headed the strings department at Mount Allison University.  Having obtained a bursary, she then embarked on further studies with Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman in Salzburg.  Fascinated by the Orff-Schulwerk method, she was the first to introduce it to North America when she instituted Orff instruction at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  In 1956, she became a professor at the University of Toronto, and the next year, she set up Orff method-inspired summer courses entitled Music for Children.  She also wrote a number of important books including Music for Children:  Orff-Schulwerk Teachers' Manual and Nursery Rhymes and Songs.  In 1974, she founded the Orff-Schulwerk Society of Canada, which subsequently became Music for Children - Carl Orff, Canada - Musique pour enfants.  In 1989, she received the Canadian Music Council Medal and in 1990 the Pro Merito Medal from the Carl Orff Foundation of Germany. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to Doreen Hall's musical career and her involvement in initiating the celebrated Orff-Schulwerk method in Canada.  It includes, among other items, biographical documents; correspondence; texts of lectures and other writings; scrapbooks of press clippings; concert programmes and documents related to her teaching in a range of institutions; documents concerning administration of Music for Children - Carl Orff, Canada - Musique pour enfants, including the corporation's constitution, regulations, minutes and financial statements; photographs of Doreen Hall, other well-known musicians and classes of students; and sound recordings and audiovisual material illustrating application of the Orff method in Canada and elsewhere. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Doreen Hall in 1994. 

Restrictions:  two files in the second accession concerning employees of the corporation and teaching fees. 

Finding aids:  provisional description



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