MARC Record For Collection: Don and Barbara Gillis Collection, 1932-1977
LDR 00000npcaa a 4500
099 9 _a06/002
100 3 _aGillis, Don
245 00 _aDon and Barbara Gillis Collection
351 _aThis collection is arranged in five series: Series 1: Compositions Series 2: Papers Series 3: Reels and Tape Transcripts Series 4: Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend; The Centennial Series Series 5: University of Georgia accrual July 2016; Series 6: Addition, 2009. Series 6 was processed after Series 5; therefore, they are out of chronological order.
506 _aAccess to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
520 2 _aThe collection consists of Don Gillis' compositions and papers, reel-to-reel recordings of many of his compositions and Gillis' discussing his works, and materials related to the series [i]Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend[/i], which Gillis produced. Gillis' wife Barbara oversaw the donation of this collection, and was a lifelong advocate of Mr.Gillis' work.
Gillis' compositions represent his career from the early 1930s through the 1970s, and include sacred, secular, symphonic, and chamber works. His papers include correspondence, papers related to various projects, schedules, reviews, radio scripts, and the Men of Music radio project, teaching materials, writings, additional papers concerning his work, biographical materials, and newspaper clippings.
The reel-to-reel recordings, 50 in all, contain recordings of Gillis' works and Gillis' own description of them. Transcripts are included in Series 3 of the finding aid.
The recordings of [i]Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend[/i] and [i]The Centennial Series[/i] span the years 1963 through 1967, and with few exceptions, each broadcast is linked individually and available for listening through the UNT Digital Library.
541 _aDonated to the University of North Texas Music Library by Barbara Gillis after her husband's death in 1978.
545 0 _a
Born in Cameron, Missouri on June 17, 1912, Don Gillis moved with his family to Texas in 1930. He went on to have some impact on nearly every institution of higher education in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as the University of South Carolina. Gillis studied composition with Don Mixson at Texas Christian University, and then worked as a band director at TCU, a Director of Productions at the WBAP radio station in Fort Worth, a producer for NBC Radio in Chicago, and a producer and script writer for the NBC Symphony Orchestra in New York City, under the direction of Arturo Toscanini.
After the NBC Symphony was disbanded, Gillis played a major role in reconstituting the orchestra as the Symphony of the Air, which participated in a State Department-sponsored tour of Asia. Gillis later served as the vice president of the Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan, and produced the series [i]Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend[/i] for NBC Radio.
Gillis returned to Texas and served as chair of the music department of Southern Methodist University in 1967-68, and as the chair of the arts department and director of instructional media at Dallas Baptist College from 1968 until 1973. In 1973, Gillis took the position of Chair of the Institute of Media Arts at the University of South Carolina, where he remained until his death in 1978.
For a more detailed biography, please visit the article "[url=http://www.library.unt.edu/news/music/unt-music-library-celebrates-don-gillis-centennial]UNT Music Library Celebrates Don Gillis Centennial[/url]."
600 0 _aGillis, Don, 1912-1978
600 0 _aToscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957
610 0 _aNBC Symphony Orchestra
610 0 _aSymphony of the Air
856 42 _3Control Card
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