Alsop, Marin (1956- )

The Marin Alsop collection consists of printed materials, correspondence professional files, memorabilia, photographs, film and video, and audio material, among other items.  Much of the printed material pertains to the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, among other topics.

Printed material in the collection dates from the 1970s to 2014.  There are internet printouts of reviews of Alsop’s performances from 1998-2013.  In the same section are invitations (1989-1992); catalogues (2003-2005); flyers; newsletters (1990-2011); programs (1971-2014); and magazines (1989-2013).  There are two press kits in the collection: one contains clippings concerning Marin Alsop (2005 -2008); the other contains clippings and a discography (1997-2001).  There is also loose material in this section that includes: a note on works commissioned by Concordia; concertos from multiple composers, such as Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven, among others; several posters from various concerts and other events; biographies of composers Jay Allen Yim, Elena Firsova, and Ralph Shapey; a schedule covering 2003-2004; a biographical timeline for Marin Alsop (2006-2007); a discography for Marin Alsop; and press releases (2002-2005).  

Correspondence includes letters from Alsop’s father, Lamar, (1980); rejection letters (1980-1981); fan mail (1987-1993); general professional emails from 1988 to 2005; and general correspondence between 1993 and 2011, with one piece regarding U.S. Congress from 2011.  Photographs include contact sheets, negatives, and numerous prints in both color and black and white.

Professional files, which contain correspondence, photographs and printed material, pertain to Alsop’s repertoire; Aaron Copland; Michael Schmidt Artists International, Inc., and other subjects.

Personal memorabilia includes numerous awards and certificates, including a Proclamation from Montgomery County Maryland to Marin Alsop, honoring March as Women’s History Month, 2011; an undated plaque from Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School for ORCHKids to Marin Alsop; an Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from Gonzaga University, 1996; a Key to the City of Santa Cruz, 2011; a glass plaque honoring Alsop as keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Miles and Stockbridge Women’s Symposium, 2008; a certificate appointing Marin Alsop as an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, 2011; an honorary degree to Main Alsop from Bournemouth University, 2007; the Citizen of the Year Award to Marin Alsop from the National Association of Social Workers, Maryland chapter, 2011; a glass statue from the Washington Chorus and Embassy of Finland, 2012; framed “Women Business Achievement Award” from SmartCEO, 2010; Stanford Fellowship Medal for Distinguished Service to Music from Yale University, 2008; framed award naming Marin Alsop as “Conductor of the Year” by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 2012; statue from the Maryland Federation of Business and Professional Women honoring Marin Alsop with the “Woman of Achievement Award”, 2008; plaque from the Washington Area Music Awards for Marin Alsop’s work as a director/conductor, 2008; Honorary Degree from Bowling Green State University to Marin Alsop, 2012; Honorary Citation from the Governor of Colorado to Marin Alsop, 1998; a glass plaque from the Sackler Center to Marin Alsop, 2012; the City of Santa Cruz Mayor’s Proclamation of August 2011 as Marin Alsop Month; a framed Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Proclamation honoring Marin Alsop (2011); and a certificate naming Marin Alsop as the 2011 Public Citizen of the Year from U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. 

The collection also contains memorabilia such as ticket stubs (1990-1991); a plexiglass baton case; a glass paper weight from the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau; a signed photobook from the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, 2011, along with two other photobooks; a “Mass Bernstein” baseball cap; a ribbon in a plastic case from the Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 2009; a cloth banner from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Spring for Music event at Carnegie Hall, 2013; a felt Yale banner; a wooden baton with rhinestone detail; clothing worn by Alsop during various performances; a paper violin decorated with jewels and pompoms form Alsop’s students; and a handmade card with a metal figure of a composer, among other items.

Photographs include a framed and signed photo of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; black and white prints (1979); color prints; “8x10 Conducting Photos,” which includes color prints and black and white prints; a matte photo of The Passion of Joan of Arc (2001); a Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra photo; and magazine cover featuring Marin Alsop in Classical Music magazine (2001), among others.  

Film and video in the collection include numerous VHS tapes, Beta tapes, and DVD-ROMs documenting Alsop’s performances she is most clearly identified with, including The Cabrillo Music Festival, The Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Long Island Symphony Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Also included are DVD-ROMs of Alsop’s televised appearances on networks such as BBC and NBC-TV. 

Audio material includes CDs, audio cassettes, and reel-to-reel tapes, including recordings of Sinfoniek Gurzenich Orchester Koln; NPR performances (2005); Brahms Symphony numbers (2004-2006); and 2 CDs of “In memoriam: Ruth and Lamar Alsop (2014),” among other recordings.   

The collection also includes legal materials, financial materials, scrapbooks documenting Alsop’s professional activities and appearances from the 1990s to 2012, and a scrapbook of concert programs (1985-1999).

Notable Figures
1. Alsop, Marin
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Music and Dance Subject Guide
2. Music Collections Subject Guide
3. Helen Deutsch Research Section