06/031 Guide to the Edward Baird Collection Baird Finding Aid Authors: Maristella Feustle.

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Guide to the Edward Baird Collection 1970/1985 Music Library Overview of the Collection Edward Baird Collection 1970-1985 06/031 Baird, Edward, 1933-2000 1.00 English German Hebrew Music Library Biographical Information:

Dr. Edward A. Baird was Professor of Voice and a past director of graduate studies in the UNT College of Music, and a past president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

He was born Edward Allen Baird, Jr., on March 18, 1933 in Kansas City, Kansas, but his family lived on the Missouri side by the time of the 1940 U.S. Census. He earned Bachelor of Arts (1955) and Master of Arts (1956) degrees from the University of Kansas City (now the University of Missouri - Kansas City). He worked as an instructor and chair of the music department of Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska, from 1956 to 1960, after which he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan (the first vocalist to earn that degree there), and won a regional audition for the Metropolitan Opera. He joined the music faculty of what is now the University of North Texas in 1962. His obituary from a UNT press release summarizes his career:

"He sang in 43 Fort Worth Opera productions and as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony seven times. Baird has performed with such high profile artists as Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills. He had more than 60 opera roles to his credit, and he had appeared with more than a dozen opera companies, as well as performing as a soloist with major orchestras.

"In addition to opera, Baird performed in American musicals.

Performing the role of Jud Fry in "Oklahoma!" while cast alongside Betty Lynn Buckley, Leonard Drum and Robert Windsor in 1971, he was named best supporting actor at Fort Worth's Casa Mañana Summer Musicals that season."

In 1984, Baird was appointed as director of graduate studies for the UNT College of Music. He also served in several roles with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, including as president (1985-1988), as Site Coordinator for Conventions for seven years following his presidency, and he was elected president of the NATS Foundation in 1998.

Baird received the President's Council University Service award for contributions to the graduate program in 1990; he was named a "Top Prof" in 1993. Many of Baird's students continued on to distinguished careers, including bass-baritone Mark McCrory. Edward Baird died in a Dallas hospital on August 2, 2000.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of audio recordings of performances by Baird, along with a few other performers; and two books of Jewish liturgical settings and sacred music.

Detailed List of Contents id29897 1 280066 id29898 1 1 Baird In Performance: "Denn es gehet dem Menschen" (Brahms, Vier ernste Gesänge) undated 5-inch reel. id29899 1 2 Poetschke, Linda 1970 September 5-inch reel. Scope and Contents

5-inch reel.

id29900 1 3 NTSU Homecoming Concert 1970 November 6 5-inch reel. Scope and Contents

Baird second on program on "Denn es gehet dem Menschen" (Brahms, Vier ernste Gesänge). Also on program: Shostakovich, Concerto Op. 107, Cadenza and Finale (Charles Baker, cello, Martha Baker, piano) ; Debussy, Toccata and Wagner, Liebestod (Larry Walz); Milhaud, La Chemin.

id29901 1 4 NTSU Phi Kappa Lambda Honors Recital, featuring Robert Austin, Robert Johnson 1970 November 22 Title:

School of Music Program Book 1970-1971 Page: 81

5-inch reel.
Scope and Contents

Program available via the UNT Digital Library.

id29902 1 5 NTSU Phi Mu Alpha Faculty and Alumni Recital : Baird, bass/baritone, Louise Lerch, piano : Mentre ti lascio (Mozart) 1974 November 14 5-inch reel. id29903 1 6 NTSU Orchestra 1975 December 3 5-inch reel. Scope and Contents

Program available via the UNT Digital Library.

id29904 1 7 NTSU Festival of Chamber Music, last concert 1978 April 11 5-inch reel. Scope and Contents

Edward Baird on "Three Ancient Greek Songs." Program available via the UNT Digital Library.

id29905 1 8 No identifying information 5-inch reel. id29906 1 9 Amvi Consort: Words and Music Series: Hark! How the songsters of the grove Cassette. id29907 1 10 Broussard, James Edward, freshman, tenor, "Age 18": Recital, Lamar University : Verborgenheit (Wolf) ; Una furtiva lagrima (Donizetti), Et incarnatus est (Puccini, Messa di Gloria, with Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society and Orchestra) undated 5-inch reel. id29908 1 11 Bretan, Nicolae: Horia, NPR broadcast (tapes labeled for NPR) 1984 3 cassettes. Scope and Contents

Performance date: 1976?

id29909 1 12 Carpenter, John, Tenor: Excerpts - Così fan tutte 5-inch reel. id29910 1 13 Rothgeb-Peschek, Ann / Amvi Consort / Institute for Christian Resources: The Sacred Cantatas of Georg Philipp Telemann : an introduction Cassette. id29911 1 14 Rothgeb-Peschek, Ann, soprano / Amvi Consort / Institute for Christian Resources, Inc.: Sacred Music in Early America Cassette. id29912 1 15 Rothgeb-Peschek, Ann / Amvi Consort: Vienna Community Church Words and Music Series : Make a joyful sound: Baroque cantatas 5-inch reel. id29913 1 16 Vienna Community Church Soloists: Words and Music Series : Cantio Sacra 5-inch reel. id29914 1 17 To Edward Baird from John Large: Peanuts-style comical illustration of Der Winterreise Scope and Contents

Red folder

id29915 1 18 Four binders with parts for Jewish service and sacred music ; soprano, alto, tenor, "Baird" id29916 1 19 Binder: Jewish liturgical settings, primarily in transliterated Hebrew (with selections from Union Prayer Book), order enclosed for Friday Evening Service on December 6, 1985