1st Annual Western States' Fred Waring Music Workshop Records

Identifier: AC 0632

Scope and Contents

The First Annual Western States' Fred Waring Music Workshop records consists of correspondence, promotional material, and newspaper clippings related to the organization and promotion of the event.


  • 1966-1968


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Fredrick Malcolm Waring was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 1900 to Jesse Calderwood and Frank Waring. He was a popular musician, band leader, and radio-television personality, sometimes referred to as "America's Singing Master" and "The Man Who Taught America How to Sing." While a teenager, he and his brother founded the Waring-McClintock Snap Orchestra, which evolved into Fred Waring's Banjo Orchestra. His Banjo Orchestra eventually became so successful that he left school to tour with the band, which eventually became known as Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. From 1923 until late 1932, "Waring's Pennsylvanians" were among Victor Records' best-selling bands.

In 1947, Waring organized the Fred Waring Choral Workshop at his Pennsylvania headquarters in Shawnee-on-the Delaware. At these sessions, talented musicians learned to sing with precision, sensitivity and enthusiasm. When these vocalists returned home and shared what they had learned with fellow musicians, Waring's approach to choral singing spread throughout the nation. The first Fred Waring Music Workshop in the western United States was held in June of 1968 as part of the University of Nevada's Summer Session curriculum. Waring taught and supervised these summer workshops for 37 years, until his death on July 29, 1984.


0.25 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



The records include marketing material for the first Fred Waring Music Workshop to be held in the western United States. It was a credit course during the 1968 Summer Session at the University of Nevada in Reno.


Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer, received 1968.

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to the University Archives Photograph Collection UNRA-P1494.

Guide to the 1st Annual Western States' Fred Waring Music Workshop Records
Betty Glass
March 26, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
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