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Oral History of Music in Pittsburgh

The Oral History of Music in Pittsburgh (OHMP) collection consists of over 300 interviews conducted by Mr. Maurice Levy, unless indicated otherwise. Mr. Levy is a long-time Music Department volunteer and a legendary mathematics teacher (now retired) in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The interviews include a wide variety of people in Pittsburgh who have been heavily involved with professional and amateur music, be it in the areas of jazz, classical, popular, or folk and traditional. The project began in 1991 and continues.

All of the interviews have an associated vertical file folder. Most of these contain added printed information. A few contain supplementary recorded material provided by the person interviewed. The Pittsburgh Music Information File contains similar types of materials. Check the list below to see if there is an additional folder about the person interviewed in this collection.

Each of the recorded interviews is available for listening in the Music Department.

If you wish to use the collection, please call for an appointment. Copying of the materials is prohibited.

Please contact us directly if you have specific questions about the project, about its contents, or its use.

Phone: 412-622-3105; e-mail: musicdept@carnegielibrary.org.

To see an alphabetical list of people interviewed, along with their occupations and call number (OHMP#) click here: Alphabetical List of People Interviewed

To search this database: use Ctrl+F or click on "Edit" at the top of the page, and then "Find on this page."



Number: OHMP 1
Name: Leich, Roland
Date of Interview: 07/29/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Composer and faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University
Date of Death: 10/30/1995
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:
  • Webern, Anton
  • Carnegie Tech
  • Dorian, Frederick
  • Mendelssohn Choir
  • Lopatnikoff, Nikolai
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Barber, Samuel
  • Pittsburgh Alliance of Composers
  • Friends of the Music Library
  • Steinberg, William
  • Menotti, Gian Carlo


Number: OHMP 2
Name: Kaplan, Sid
Date of Interview: 08/02/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Manager and director of operations of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Hornist.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Stokowski, Leopold
  • Bernstein, Leonard
  • Steinberg, William
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Previn, Andre
  • Maazel, Loren
  • Ormandy, Eugene


Number: OHMP 3
Name: Demmler, Dorothy
Date of Interview: 08/08/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Music educator - Pittsburgh Public Schools
Date of Death: 10/10/1997
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Demmler, Oscar
  • Boyd, Charles
  • Evanson, Jacob
  • Musicians Club
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Conservatory of Music
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • Levant, Oscar
  • Wild, Earl
  • Bloom, Robert
  • Sprankle, Robert
  • McVicker, Carl, Sr.


Number: OHMP 4
Name: Robertson, Margery Boyd
Date of Interview: 08/15/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Daughter of Charles Boyd, Pittsburgh organist and musicologist.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Menuhin, Yehudi
  • Boyd, Charles
  • Western Theological Seminary
  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • Musicians Club


Number: OHMP 5
Name: Hardy, Mary Craft
Date of Interview: 08/19/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Secretary to Manager of Carnegie Music Hall.
Date of Death: 06/03/2000
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Heinroth, Charles
  • Bidwell, Marshall
  • American Guild of Organists
  • Beegle, May
  • Pittsburgh Symphony, Broadcasts of
  • Koch, Paul
  • Pittsburgh Savoyards
  • United We Sing
  • McGrail Opera
  • Mendelssohn Choir
  • Bach Choir
  • Friends of the Music Library


Number: OHMP 6
Name: Bianco, Anthony
Date of Interview: 08/21/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Bassist - Pittsburgh Symphony and faculty - Carnegie Mellon University.
Date of Death: 10/24/2011
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Toscanini, Arturo
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Steinberg, William
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Klemperer, Otto
  • Stravinsky, Igor
  • Previn, Andre
  • Chatham College Summer Music Camp
  • Chautauqua Symphony
  • Mansfield, Mass Summer Home
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Maazel, Loren


Number: OHMP 7
Name: McVicker, Carl, Sr.
Date of Interview: 08/26/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Music educator at Westinghouse High School
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech
  • Sousa, John Philip
  • Earhart, Will
  • Strayhorn, Billy
  • Herforth, Harry
  • Garner, Errol
  • Prattis, Patricia
  • Westinghouse High School
  • Demmler, Oscar
  • Bakaleinikoff, Vladimir
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • Boyd, Charles


Number: OHMP 8
Name: Rubinstein, Belle
Date of Interview: 08/30/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Y Music Society
Topics Covered:

  • Y-IKC Music Series
  • Anderson, Marian
  • Passamaneck,Herman
  • Seeger, Pete
  • Hess, Dame Myra
  • Stern, Isaac
  • Steinfirst, Donald
  • Tureck, Rosalyn
  • Janis, Byron
  • Maazel, Loren
  • Maazel, Marie


Number: OHMP 9
Name: Eibeck, Walter
Date of Interview: 09/16/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Barbershop quartet singing
Date of Death: 03/30/1992
Added Information: Printed materials in folder and supplimentary recording.
Topics Covered:

  • Early Radio and TV Music
  • Barbershop Quartet Singing in Pittsburgh
  • Barbershop Quartet Singing -- Contests
  • Barbershop Quartet Singing -- Technique
  • Barbershop Quartet Singing -- Content


Number: OHMP 10
Name: Freeman, Peggy Pierce
Date of Interview: 11/08/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist. African-American musical life in Pittsburgh.
Date of Death: 03/28/2006
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • National Negro Opera Company
  • Dawson, Mary Cardwell
  • Treble Clef Choir
  • Johnson, Maudelena
  • Women's Civic Choir
  • Davis, Ralph
  • Music and Art Club
  • Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association
  • National Association of Negro Musicians
  • Prattis, Patricia
  • Sounds of Heritage Choir


Number: OHMP 11
Name: Frisch, Wilbert
Date of Interview: 11/11/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Violinist and associate concertmaster, Pittsburgh Symphony.
Date of Death: 06/09/2006
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Klemperer, Otto
  • Zimbalist, Efrem
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Kolberg, Hugo
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Stokowski, Leopold
  • Steinberg, William
  • Previn, Andre
  • Bernstein, Leonard


Number: OHMP 12
Name: Marracino, Lucretia Russell
Date of Interview: 11/12/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist and piano teacher.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Russell, Dallmeyer
  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • Tuesday Musical Club


Number: OHMP 13
Name: Davis, Velma
Date of Interview: 11/20/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: African-American musical life - Ralph Davis.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Davis, Ralph
  • Young Women's Civic Choir
  • Dawson, Mary Cardwell
  • Music Jubilee
  • Messiah
  • Hill, Ralph


Number: OHMP 14
Name: Gardner, Catherine Cardwell
Date of Interview: 12/06/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: African-American musical life in Pittsburgh
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Dawson, Mary Cardwell
  • National Negro Opera Company
  • National Association of Negro Musicians
  • Mary Cardwell Dawson Choir


Number: OHMP 15
Name: Johnson, Albert
Date of Interview: 12/07/1991
Occupation/Affiliation: African-American musical life - Maudelene Johnson.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Johnson, Maudelena
  • African-American Church Choir
  • Treble Clef Choir
  • Symphonic Choir
  • Treble Clef Concert Association


Number: OHMP 16
Name: Koch, Paul
Date of Interview: 01/07/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Organist and director, St. Pauls Cathedral and Carnegie Music Hall.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Koch, Caspar
  • Singenberger, John
  • Johnson, Thor
  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • American Guild of Organists
  • Beckerath, Rudolph von
  • Steinberg, William
  • Buckley, William F.
  • Princess Irene of Greece
  • Bachauer, Gina
  • O'Reilly, Anthony (wedding)


Number: OHMP 17
Name: Jennings, Patricia Prattis
Date of Interview: 11/11/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist - Pittsburgh Symphony.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech
  • Symphonium Newsletter
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Steinberg, William
  • Previn, Andre
  • Maazel, Loren
  • African Americans and Classical Music


Number: OHMP 18
Name: Hayes, Silvia Sconza Schmidt
Date of Interview: 01/13/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Opera
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Evanson, Jacob
  • Ross, Lanny
  • Karp, Richard
  • Carnegie Tech
  • Pittsburgh Savoyards
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Agnini, Armando
  • Steber, Eleanor
  • Briney, Mary Martha
  • Happy's Party (on early TV)
  • Austrian-American Cultural Society
  • Tourel, Jennie
  • Steinberg, William


Number: OHMP 19
Name: Watkins, Franklin
Date of Interview: 01/15/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Organist and choir director. Musician's Club of Pittsburgh.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Musicians Club
  • Harris, Roy
  • Evanson, Jacob
  • Harris, Johanna
  • Koch, Caspar
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • Jennings, Arthur
  • Temple Sinai Music
  • American Guild of Organists
  • Women Organists
  • African-American Membership in A.G.O.
  • Wedding Music


Number: OHMP 20
Name: Karsh, Claryne
Date of Interview: 01/21/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Opera
Date of Death: 11/06/1998
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Gaul, Harvey
  • Pittsbugh Opera
  • Harrell, Mack
  • McGrail, Josephine
  • Peerce, Jan
  • Syria Mosque
  • Pittsburgh Opera Workshop
  • B'nai Israel Synague Music
  • Hasidic Music
  • Lewando, Ralph
  • Lissfelt, Fred
  • Steinfirst, Donald
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society


Number: OHMP 21
Name: Rossetti, Lucio
Date of Interview: 01/27/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Violinist - Pittsburgh Symphony.
Topics Covered:

  • Mascagni, Pietro
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Modarelli, Antonio
  • Klemperer, Otto
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Hofmann, Josef
  • Steinberg, William
  • Chatham College Summer Music Camp
  • Karp, Richard
  • Previn, Andre
  • Guilini, Carlo Maria
  • De Sabata, Victor


Number: OHMP 22
Name: McCullough, C. Hax, Jr.
Date of Interview: 01/29/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Published programs for Pittsburgh Opera and other groups.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Karp, Richard
  • Mendelssohn Choir
  • Flagg, Gurdin
  • Nixon Theater Opera
  • Heinz Hall
  • Previn, Andre
  • Page, Robert
  • Milstein, Nathan
  • Y- Music Society
  • Sills, Beverly
  • Pavarotti, Luciano
  • Rodef Shalom Temple Music Series


Number: OHMP 23
Name: Oehmler, Jane
Date of Interview: 02/07/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Women's Association of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Women's Association of PSO Fashion Gala
  • Silhouettes (PSO Lecture Luncheons)
  • Jenkins, Joseph Willcox
  • Tiny Tots Concert
  • Previn, Andre
  • Steinberg, William
  • Heinz Hall
  • Heinz, Jack
  • Fosner, Lou
  • Three Rivers Training Orchestra


Number: OHMP 24
Name: Bernt, Connie
Date of Interview: 02/01/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Mendelssohn Choir.
Topics Covered:

  • Mendelssohn Choir
  • Page, Robert
  • Yevtushenko, Yevgeny
  • Junior Mendelssohn Singers
  • Pittsburgh Symphony


Number: OHMP 25
Name: Lundin, Viola
Date of Interview: 02/12/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Concert Society.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • Bellefield Prebysterian Church
  • Bodycombe, Aneurin
  • Fireflies Vocal Trio
  • Tuesday Musical Club
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Wright, Bishop
  • Mendelssohn Choir
  • Lunt, Ernest
  • Chautauqua
  • Shaw, Robert
  • Previn, Andre


Number: OHMP 26
Name: Stark, Sidney, Jr.
Date of Interview: 02/19/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Y Music Society.
Topics Covered:

  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Karp, Richard
  • Steinberg, William
  • Previn, Andre
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Rosen, Seymour
  • Turkin, Marshall
  • Y- Music Society
  • Sher, Allen
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Milstein, Nathan


Number: OHMP 27
Name: O'Brien, Joseph
Date of Interview: 03/09/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Organist, choral music.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Heinroth, Charles
  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • Bidwell, Marshall
  • American Guild of Organists
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • Mendelssohn Choir
  • Lunt, Ernest
  • Page, Robert
  • Hamer, Al
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Previn, Andre
  • Maazel, Loren


Number: OHMP 28
Name: Levine, Evelyn Light
Date of Interview: 04/07/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Widow of David Light.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Light, David
  • Saudek, Victor
  • Musical Forecast
  • This Week In Pittsburgh
  • Beegle, May
  • David Light Memorial Record Library
  • Light, Enoch


Number: OHMP 29
Name: Norton, Eunice
Date of Interview: 06/02/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist and piano teacher.
Date of Death: 12/09/2005
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Matthay, Tobias
  • Schnabel, Artur
  • New Friends of Music
  • Lewis, Bernard
  • Beethoven Sonatas
  • Bach Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Phillips, Natalie Barnet
  • Spinelli, Henry


Number: OHMP 30
Name: Cohen, Fannie
Date of Interview: 06/04/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Symphony
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Cohen, Sidney
  • Spector, Edward
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Steinberg, William
  • Guilini, Carlo Maria
  • Heinz Hall
  • Gateway To Music
  • Stern, Isaac
  • Heifetz, Jascha


Number: OHMP 31
Name: Rifugiato, Cornelius
Date of Interview: 06/08/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Opera
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Karp, Richard
  • Stivanello, Anthony
  • Schmidt, Silvia Sconza Hayes
  • Heinz Hall
  • Benedum Center
  • Syria Mosque
  • Agnini, Armando
  • Stellute, Mary
  • Guadagno, Anton
  • Karp, Barbara
  • Fellner, Rudolph
  • Capobianco, Tito


Number: OHMP 32
Name: Clarke, Marion Gregus
Date of Interview: 06/11/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Symphony
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Gregus, George
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Bernthaler, Carl
  • Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra
  • Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra
  • Stock, David


Number: OHMP 33
Name: Sterne, Colin
Date of Interview: 06/17/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh Music Department.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • University of Pittsburgh Music Department
  • Antiqua Players
  • Early Music
  • Renaissance and Baroque Society
  • Contemporary Music
  • Pittsburgh Flute Club
  • New Friends of Music
  • Pittsburgh Recorder Society
  • Musicians Club
  • Saudek, Victor
  • Levin, Stanley


Number: OHMP 34
Name: Lively, John
Date of Interview: 06/19/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Organist. Carlow College.
Date of Death: 08/20/2001
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Downtown Chorale
  • Steinberg, William
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Concert Choir
  • Third Presbyterian Church
  • Contemporary Music
  • Mount Mercy (Carlow) College


Number: OHMP 35
Name: Hamburger, Martin
Date of Interview: 07/01/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Three Rivers Piano Competition. Music in Pittsburgh Project.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Y- Music Society
  • Three Rivers Piano Competition
  • Music in Pittsburgh Project


Number: OHMP 36
Name: Malfatti, Lorenzo
Date of Interview: 07/07/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Voice teacher and coach.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Murdoch, Martha
  • Harrell, Mack
  • Copland, Aaron
  • Shaw, Robert
  • Krebs, Beatrice
  • Y- Music Society
  • Chatham College
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Harris, Roy
  • Harris, Johanna
  • Minna Kaufmann Ruud Fund
  • Posvar, Mildred Miller
  • Pittsburgh Opera Theater


Number: OHMP 37
Name: Cohen, Carl
Date of Interview: 07/09/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Symphony
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Fiddlesticks


Number: OHMP 38
Name: Levin, Stanley H.
Date of Interview: 07/10/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
Added Information: See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Barrere, George
  • Julliard School
  • Kay Kyser Orchestra
  • Earhart, Will
  • Demmler, Oscar
  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Centers for the Musically Talented
  • Bakaleinikoff, Vladimir
  • Maazel, Loren
  • Gateway To Music
  • All-City Orchestras and Ensembles
  • Rodef Shalom Temple


Number: OHMP 39
Name: Ferro, Jane
Date of Interview: 08/18/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: I Campagnoli, Italian song and dance group.
Date of Death: 11/22/1998
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • I Campagnoli
  • Malfatti, Lorenzo
  • Aldisert, Ruggiero


Number: OHMP 40
Name: Maazel, Marie
Date of Interview: 08/20/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. Loren Maazel.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
  • Maazel, Loren


Number: OHMP 41
Name: Wickline, Homer
Date of Interview: 08/21/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Organist
Date of Death: 12/27/1996
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Gaul, Harvey
  • Knotts, Richard
  • WJAS Radio
  • Mendelssohn Choir
  • Lunt, Ernest
  • Beegle, May
  • Koch, Caspar


Number: OHMP 42
Name: McCulloh, Byron
Date of Interview: 09/17/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Symphony
Date of Death: 03/15/2001
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Steinberg, William
  • Previn, Andre
  • Contemporary Music
  • Kingsley Settlement House
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Shadyside Concerts
  • Day, Charlotte


Number: OHMP 43
Name: Hill, Ralph
Date of Interview: 09/23/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Music educator, harpsichordist, African-American Music.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Harpsichord in Pittsburgh
  • Whitaker, Nelson
  • African-American Church Music
  • Gospel Music
  • African-American Classical Musicians


Number: OHMP 44
Name: Stolarevsky, Kathryn
Date of Interview: 09/24/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Music educator - Chatham College.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Chatham College Music Laboratory School
  • Chatham College Summer Music Camp
  • Pasquinelli, Joanne


Number: OHMP 45
Name: Fritsch, Betsey
Date of Interview: 09/29/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Bach Choir
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Bach Choir
  • Peterson, Max
  • American Wind Symphony
  • Boudreau, Robert
  • Bedford Music Festival
  • Tuesday Musical Club
  • Pittsburgh Early Music Ensemble


Number: OHMP 46
Name: Palmer, Rufus
Date of Interview: 09/30/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Bach Choir
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Bach Choir
  • Baird, John J.
  • Bernstein, Leonard
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Wilkins, Donald
  • Wagner, William
  • Peterson, Max


Number: OHMP 47
Name: McGrail, Josephine
Date of Interview: 11/20/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Opera and vocal coach
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Music Dept.
  • WPA (Works Progress Administration)
  • Mount Mercy (Carlow) College
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Beegle, May
  • Fillion Music Studios
  • Karp, Richard


Number: OHMP 48
Name: Di Pasquale, Henry
Date of Interview: 12/01/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Instrumental teacher
Topics Covered:

  • Italian Wind Bands
  • Ringling Brothers Circus Bands
  • Dance Bands
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Chauffeur


Number: OHMP 49
Name: Donnelly, Alice Sapienza
Date of Interview: 12/03/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Italian musical life in Pittsburgh
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Sapienza, Sebastian
  • KDKA Radio
  • Italian-American Musical Life in Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools


Number: OHMP 50
Name: Hoffrichter, Bertha
Date of Interview: 12/04/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Tuesday Musical Club
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Tuesday Musical Club
  • Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships
  • Music Care Programs
  • Pittsburgh Opera


Number: OHMP 51
Name: Missing
Added Information: Printed materials in folder


Number: OHMP 52
Name: Jacob, Gretchen Schmertz
Date of Interview: 12/29/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk music in Pittsburgh
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Schmertz, Robert
  • Evanson, Jacob
  • Jacob, Gretchen Schmertz
  • Richman, Vivien
  • Davidson, Eero


Number: OHMP 53
Name: Kschier, Louis
Date of Interview: 12/30/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: String instrument repair
Date of Death: 05/01/2003 & 06/15/1998
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Violin Making
  • Musical Instrument Repair
  • Rubinoff, David
  • Spitalny, Maurice
  • Welk, Lawrence
  • Hungarian Violinists
  • Gypsy Music
  • Demmler, Oscar
  • Guitar


Number: OHMP 54
Name: Thomas, Jean
Date of Interview: 01/06/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Musicologist and flute teacher.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Flute Club
  • American Recorder Society
  • Renaissance and Baroque Society
  • Dear Friends


Number: OHMP 55
Name: Swetnam, George
Date of Interview: 01/08/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk music
Date of Death: 04/03/1999
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pennsylvania Folklore Society
  • Folk Music
  • Schmertz, Robert
  • McCarthyism
  • Seeger, Pete
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Steinberg, William
  • Evanson, Jacob
  • Kreisler, Fritz


Number: OHMP 56
Name: Balderose, George
Date of Interview: 01/13/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Calliope House. Folk music in Pittsburgh.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Calliope - The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
  • Smoky City Folk Festival
  • Pittsburgh Folk Music
  • Bagpiping
  • McIntosh, James
  • Music Tree Talent Agency


Number: OHMP 57
Name: Lascheid, Vince
Date of Interview: 01/14/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Organist at Three Rivers Stadium & Civic Arena.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Beneke, Tex
  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Organist
  • Three Rivers Stadium
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Organist
  • Pittsburgh Civic Arena


Number: OHMP 58
Name: Nirella, Ruth
Date of Interview: 01/20/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Nirella family
Date of Death: 04/17/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Nirella, Joseph
  • Westinghouse Air Brake Band
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Nirella, Danny
  • Peabody High School Musical


Number: OHMP 59
Name: Reutzel, Helen
Date of Interview: 01/21/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Telephone Music Service
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Telephone Music Service


Number: OHMP 60
Name: Posvar, Mildred Miller
Date of Interview: 01/27/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Opera singer and director
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Gateway To Music
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Opera Theater
  • Carnegie Music Hall


Number: OHMP 61
Name: Heagy, Dolores
Date of Interview: 02/01/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Dance instructor
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Appalachian Music
  • Coal Country Cloggers
  • Coal Country Traditions
  • Coal Country Conventions


Number: OHMP 62
Name: McAllister, William
Date of Interview: 02/06/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Renaissance and Baroque Society
Topics Covered:

  • Renaissance and Baroque Society
  • Sterne, Colin
  • Thomas, Jean
  • Synod Hall
  • Musick's Recreation
  • Pittsburgh Early Music Ensemble


Number: OHMP 63
Name: Bryant, Walter H. "Slim"
Date of Interview: 02/08/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Country musician
Date of Death: 05/28/2010
Added Information: Printed materials in folder and supplimentary recording. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • KDKA Radio
  • Slim Bryant and the Wildcats
  • Rodgers, Jimmy
  • Autry, Gene
  • Eeny Meeny Dixie Deeny (song)
  • Bluegrass Music
  • KDKA TV
  • Foley, Red
  • Allegheny County Fair
  • Kennywood Park


Number: OHMP 64
Name: Krysty, Dave
Date of Interview: 02/10/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Director of Calliope House
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Fiddle Music
  • Bryner, Jim
  • Square Dance Music
  • Calliope House Folk Music Society
  • Richman, Vivien
  • Evanson, Jacob
  • Folk Music Venues in Western Pennsylvania
  • Smoky City Folk Festival
  • Coal Country Cloggers


Number: OHMP 65
Name: Egerman, Jeannette
Date of Interview: 02/19/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Concert Society
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • WPA Orchestra
  • Saudek, Victor
  • Mazer, Henry


Number: OHMP 66
Name: Colleran, William ("Mac Martin")
Date of Interview: 02/24/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Founder of the Dixie Travelers Bluegrass Group
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Bluegrass Music
  • Dixie Travelers
  • Newgrass Music
  • Bluegrass Festivals
  • Smoky City Folk Festival


Number: OHMP 67
Name: Kruger, Cecilia
Date of Interview: 02/27/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Various Pittsburgh musical organizations
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • American Recorder Society
  • Faire Musick
  • Renaissance and Baroque Society
  • Tuesday Musical Club
  • Friends of the Music Library
  • Calvary Episcopal Church Choir
  • Wilkins, Donald


Number: OHMP 68
Name: Shaffer, Rex
Date of Interview: 04/26/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Church organist
Topics Covered:

  • Church Organist
  • Bach Choir
  • Kruger, Cecilia
  • Church Organs


Number: OHMP 69
Name: Lupish, Ronald
Date of Interview: 04/28/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Bagpiper
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Bagpiping in Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Mellon University Bagpipe Program
  • McIntosh, James
  • MacDonald Pipe Band
  • Pipe Major


Number: OHMP 70
Name: Bolden, Frank
Date of Interview: 04/30/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Music & drama editor for the Pittsburgh Courier
Date of Death: 08/28/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • University of Pittsburgh Band
  • Pittsburgh Jazz
  • Eckstine, Billy
  • Race Relations
  • Centre Avenue YMCA
  • YMCA Symphony
  • Hill District Fragmentation


Number: OHMP 71
Name: Scot, Arthur
Date of Interview: 05/04/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Music educator - Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Topics Covered:

  • Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church
  • Prattis, Patricia
  • Grace Memorial Church
  • Johnson, Maudelena
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Ozanam Center
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools


Number: OHMP 72
Name: McIntosh, James
Date of Interview: 05/05/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Bagpiper
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Bagpiping
  • Carnegie Mellon University Bagpipe Program
  • Bagpipe Bands
  • Bagpipe Music
  • Pibroch (Classical Bagpipe Music)


Number: OHMP 73
Name: Wright, Mary Louise
Date of Interview: 05/10/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Organist and choir director. Musician's Club of Pittsburgh.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • First Baptist Church
  • Jennings-Smith, David
  • Caruso, Tom
  • Johnson, Maudelena
  • Secular Music in Church
  • Church Organ Music


Number: OHMP 74
Name: Ruben, Susan
Date of Interview: 05/12/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Renaissance and Baroque Society
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Renaissance and Baroque Society
  • Classical Vocal Music in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 75
Name: Huguley, Neal
Date of Interview: 05/20/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Musician and music educator.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Irene Kaufmann Settlement Music School
  • Johnson, Maudelena
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Gift of Song (vocal ensemble)
  • Dorian, Frederick
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)
  • Rogers School for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Riverview Presbyterian Church Choir
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools


Number: OHMP 76
Name: Swan, Ralph
Date of Interview: 05/25/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Director of Ralph Swan Chorale
Topics Covered:

  • Ralph Swan Chorale
  • Radio and TV Programs
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Steinberg, William
  • Pittsburgh Churches
  • Gospel Music


Number: OHMP 77
Name: Brautigam, Paul
Date of Interview: 06/01/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Public Schools
Date of Death: 10/09/1998
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools -- Centers for the Musically Talented
  • Evanson, Jacob
  • Levin, Stanley
  • KDKA Radio
  • Pittsburgh Conservatory of Music
  • Webster, Beveridge


Number: OHMP 78
Name: Corbett, Harry
Date of Interview: 06/03/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Cantor, Owen
  • Silberman, Aaron
  • Leich, Roland
  • Vocal Music


Number: OHMP 79
Name: Jordanoff, Christine
Date of Interview: 06/08/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Duquesne University. Children's Festival Chorus.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans
  • Kolar, Walter
  • Duquesne University Music Education
  • Children's Festival Chorus
  • Kodaly Method
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Contemporary Music


Number: OHMP 80
Name: Jordanoff, Nicholas
Date of Interview: 06/08/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Duquesne University Tamburitzans
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans
  • Tamburitzan Institute of Folk Arts (DUTIFA)
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Robert Morris College


Number: OHMP 81
Name: May, Julia
Date of Interview: 06/13/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Vocalist. Faculty Duquesne University.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Steinberg, William
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Karp, Richard
  • Chatham College Music Laboratory School
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Pearson, Charles
  • Rodef Shalom Temple
  • Tree of Life Synagogue
  • Karp, Ilse
  • Novich, Mia
  • Wilkins, Donald
  • Cliburn, Van


Number: OHMP 82
Name: Beckom, O'Labrice
Date of Interview: 06/14/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Vocalist, teacher, African-American musical life.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • National Negro Opera Company
  • Dawson, Mary Cardwell
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools --Centers for the Musically Talented
  • Macedonia Baptist Church Choir
  • Hill House


Number: OHMP 83
Name: Worthington, Walter
Date of Interview: 06/14/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: African-American musical life in Pittsburgh
Topics Covered:

  • Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Dawson, Mary Cardwell
  • National Negro Opera Company
  • Pittsburgh Playhouse
  • Green Pastures (at Pittsburgh Playhouse)
  • Eldridge, Roy
  • Crawford Grill
  • Hurricane Bar and Grill
  • Gospel Music
  • Westinghouse High School


Number: OHMP 84
Name: Worthy, Oscar
Date of Interview: 06/16/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz in Pittsburgh
Topics Covered:

  • Crawford Grill
  • Davis, Nathan
  • Diplomat Club
  • Encore (nightclub)
  • Walt Harper's Attic
  • Hurricane Bar and Grill
  • Rosebud Café
  • Pittsburgh Jazz


Number: OHMP 85
Name: Ross, Paul
Date of Interview: 06/23/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Symphony
Date of Death: 06/16/2000
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools -- All-City Orchestra
  • Steinberg, William
  • Previn, Andre
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Maazel, Loren
  • Pittsburgh Quartet
  • African Americans and Classical Music
  • African-American Community Orchestra
  • Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church
  • East Liberty Presbyterian Church
  • Mazer, Henry
  • Stolarevsky, Mihail


Number: OHMP 86
Name: Montgomery, Ruth
Date of Interview: 06/25/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Stock, David
  • Leich, Roland


Number: OHMP 87
Name: Segall, Dorothy
Date of Interview: 06/29/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Music educator
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Bloom, Julius
  • Bloom, Robert
  • Duquesne University
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools -- Centers for the Musically Talented
  • Mu Phi Epsilon


Number: OHMP 88
Name: Rice Norman
Date of Interview: 06/30/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Dean of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts
Date of Death: 06/07/1994
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harth, Sidney
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Leich, Roland
  • Montgomery, Ruth
  • Steinfirst, Donald
  • Steinberg, William


Number: OHMP 89
Name: Ackerman, Edward
Date of Interview: 07/03/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Musical life in Pittsburgh
Date of Death: 10/25/2005
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Enright Theater
  • Stanley Theater
  • Y- Music Society
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Syria Mosque
  • Roosevelt Theater
  • Landau Theater
  • Downtown Nightclubs


Number: OHMP 90
Name: Mastracci, Louis (Lou Tracey)
Date of Interview: 07/07/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Song lyricist, writer, record store manager.
Topics Covered:

  • Big Bands
  • Sinatra, Frank
  • Nightclubs
  • Connick, Harry
  • Nixon Theater
  • National Record Mart
  • Song Lyrics


Number: OHMP 91
Name: Sisk, Leo
Date of Interview: 08/10/1992
Occupation/Affiliation: Barbershop quartet singer
Interviewed by: Max Brandt (Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, and PGH North Hills chapter member of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.)
Added Information: Printed materials in folder.
Topics Covered:

  • Barbershop Quartets
  • Town and Country Four


Number: OHMP 92
Name: Cassinelli, Floyd "Flo"
Date of Interview: 07/08/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Leader of jazz group
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Clairton Eagles Marching Band
  • Club Mirador (Homestead)
  • Cassinelli Brothers Trio
  • WJAS Radio
  • Armstrong, Louis
  • Deuces Wild
  • Midway Lounge
  • Turk, Tommy
  • Flo's Club
  • Young, Lester
  • Poli's Grill


Number: OHMP 93
Name: Jennings-Smith, David
Date of Interview: 08/10/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer and teacher.
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Capobianco, Tito
  • Knowles, Willis
  • Wright, Mary Louise
  • Leontyne Price Award -- National Negro Businesswomen's Club
  • Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools -- Centers for the Musically Talented


Number: OHMP 94
Name: Rummo, Carmen
Date of Interview: 08/13/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist and teacher at Duquesne University.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Stanley Theater Orchestra
  • Racial Segregation
  • Raye, Martha
  • Pittsburgh Radio Stations (KDKA, KQV, etc.)
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Club
  • Restaurant Dinner Music
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Piano -- Teaching
  • Kay, Billy
  • Italian Wind Bands
  • Saudek, Victor


Number: OHMP 95
Name: Kolar, Walter
Date of Interview: 08/16/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Duquesne University Tamburitzans
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans
  • Tamburitzan Institute of Folk Arts (DUTIFA)
  • Pittsburgh International Folk Theater


Number: OHMP 96
Name: Shiner, Matthew "Matty"
Date of Interview: 08/17/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Director of the brass department at Duquesne University.
Date of Death: 01/12/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • KDKA Radio
  • Ice Capades
  • Ice Follies
  • Harris, John
  • Stanley Theater
  • Dorsey, Tommy
  • Nixon Theater
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)
  • Pittsburgh Civic Arena
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Mid-East Music Educators Conference
  • Westinghouse Air Brake Band
  • Nirella, Joseph


Number: OHMP 97
Name: Litman, Leonard "Lenny"
Date of Interview: 08/17/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Night club owner, columnist, agent, promoter.
Date of Death: 08/13/2002
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Nut Houses
  • Copa (nightclub)
  • Vaughan, Sara
  • Williams, Andy
  • Nightclub Singers
  • Belafonte, Harry
  • Jorgensen, Christine
  • Tatum, Art
  • Torme, Mel
  • Phillipe, Andre
  • Holiday House (nightclub)
  • Davis, Sammy, Jr.
  • Rickles, Don


Number: OHMP 98
Name: Marsico, Alvin
Date of Interview: 08/20/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Orchestra and band leader
Added Information: Printed materials in folder and supplimentary recording. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • KDKA Radio
  • WDTV TV
  • Telethons
  • Enright Theater
  • Powell, Dick
  • Crosby, Gary
  • Penner, Joe
  • Nixon Restaurant
  • Ralph Harrison Orchestra
  • State Silent Movie Theater
  • Nirella, Danny
  • New Arena (nightclub)
  • Raye, Martha


Number: OHMP 99
Name: Taylor, Edna Maye
Date of Interview: 08/27/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer. Director of the Mus-Arts Ensemble.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Johnson, Maudelena
  • Lissfelt, Fred
  • Perlow, Anna
  • Mansell, Grace
  • Macedonia Baptist Church Choir
  • Musarts Ensemble
  • Centre Avenue YMCA
  • Floyd, Sheryl


Number: OHMP 100
Name: Oliver, Patsy "Pat"
Date of Interview: 08/30/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Trumpeter
Date of Death: 02/03/2002
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • WWSW Radio
  • Al Marsico's "Memory Time"
  • Bachelors Club
  • Venuti, Joe
  • Monte Carlo (nightclub)
  • Vogue Terrace (nightclub)
  • Major Bowes Amateur Hour
  • Allegheny County Fair
  • Castle, Lee
  • William Penn Hotel
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Ankara Nightclub
  • Ringling Brothers Circus Bands


Number: OHMP 101
Name: Wallace, Joseph
Date of Interview: 09/02/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Bassist - Pittsburgh Symphony.
Date of Death: 09/02/2005
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Travelogue Music
  • Holmes, Burton
  • Nirella, Joseph
  • Nirella, Danny
  • Parade Bands
  • Peyton, Eddie
  • Penn Shady Ballroom
  • Soldiers and Sailors Hall
  • Marmarosa, Michael "Dodo"
  • Barry Blue Band
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Klemperer, Otto
  • Steinberg, William


Number: OHMP 102
Name: Farrar, Arthur
Date of Interview: 09/22/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Orchestra leader
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Marathon Dance Champion
  • Coconut Grove Supper Club
  • Garner, Errol
  • Bill Green's (nightclub)
  • Enright Theater
  • Powell, Dick
  • Cohen, Harold V.
  • Stanley Theater
  • Kennywood Park Ballroom
  • Motor Square Garden
  • Africam Club
  • West View Danceland
  • William Penn Hotel


Number: OHMP 103
Name: Burton, Benny
Date of Interview: 10/25/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Clarinetist and orchestra leader.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • WJAS Radio
  • Martin, Dean
  • West View Danceland
  • Nelson, Skip
  • Baird, Eugenie
  • Vogue Terrace (nightclub)
  • Islam Grotto Ballroom
  • Conrad Ostertag and His Little German Band


Number: OHMP 104
Name: Kuhn, J. Craig
Date of Interview: 10/27/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Pittsburgh Oratorio Society
  • Leich, Roland
  • Pittsburgh Symphony


Number: OHMP 105
Name: Lomakin, Nick
Date of Interview: 11/01/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Clarinetist, saxophonist, Lomakin's Music Store.
Date of Death: 09/28/2001
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Cervone's Band
  • Al Marsico's "Memory Time"
  • Marmarosa, Michael "Dodo"
  • Don Charles Orchestra
  • Society bands
  • Lomakin's Music Store
  • Harmonicas
  • Accordions
  • Dixieland Six
  • William Penn Hotel


Number: OHMP 106
Name: Budway, Leo
Date of Interview: 11/03/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Lebanese / Arabic music
Date of Death: 09/14/2000
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Lebanese Music
  • Arabic Music
  • Budway Brothers (musical group)
  • Saab, Ray
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival


Number: OHMP 107
Name: Clark, Harry
Date of Interview: 11/09/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Trumpeter and music educator
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Garner, Errol
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Nero, Beverly
  • Humphries, Roger


Number: OHMP 108
Name: Hodges, Fletcher, Jr.
Date of Interview: 11/10/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: First curator of the Stephen Foster Memorial.
Date of Death: 03/13/2006
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Lilly, Josiah K.
  • Stephen Foster Memorial
  • Tuesday Musical Club
  • Humphrey, Hubert
  • Earhart, Will
  • Gaul, Harvey
  • Demmler, Oscar
  • Seeger, Pete
  • Foster, Stephen (and Racism)
  • Root, Deane


Number: OHMP 109
Name: Thunhurst, Wilford "Bill", Jr.
Date of Interview: 11/15/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Managing director of the Civic Light Opera.
Date of Death: 01/25/2011
Added Information: Printed materials in folder and supplimentary recording. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)
  • Heinz Hall
  • Pittsburgh Civic Arena
  • CLO Ministars
  • Franz, Joe
  • McCullough, C. Hax
  • Heinz, Vira
  • Broadway Tonight (CLO Celebration)
  • Bate, Tom
  • Brockett, Don
  • Purcell, Jack
  • Fellner, Rudolph


Number: OHMP 110
Name: Williams, Thomas "Saxie"
Date of Interview: 11/18/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Tap dancer
Topics Covered:

  • Tap Dancing
  • Private Clubs
  • Floor Shows
  • WYEP Radio -- Jazz Program
  • Brice, Buck


Number: OHMP 111
Name: Fischer, Frank
Date of Interview: 11/20/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: National Record Mart. Pittsburgh Opera.
Added Information: See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Karp, Richard
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • National Record Mart
  • Syria Mosque
  • Duquesne University Opera Center
  • Capobianco, Tito


Number: OHMP 112
Name: Constable, Dan ("Danny Conn")
Date of Interview: 12/01/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Trumpeter
Date of Death: 11/02/2006
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Italian Wind Bands
  • Turk, Tommy
  • Musicians Club
  • Casino Burlesque Theater
  • After-hours Clubs
  • Holiday House (nightclub)
  • Allen, Marty
  • Turrentine, Tommy
  • Dallas, Sonny
  • Circus Band (Hamid - Morton)
  • Gateway To Music
  • Marmarosa, Michael "Dodo"


Number: OHMP 113
Name: Crantz, David
Date of Interview: 12/02/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Musical shows
Date of Death: 12/17/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech (Scotch and Soda Shows)
  • Welch, Ken
  • Pittsburgh Playhouse
  • WTAE TV
  • Stohl, Hank
  • Negri, Joe
  • McGovern, Maureen
  • Pittsburgh Civic Arena
  • Gene Kelly Awards
  • Thunhurst, Wilford "Bill", Jr.
  • Checco, Al


Number: OHMP 114
Name: Crummie, Ray
Date of Interview: 12/06/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist. Orchestra leader at clubs.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Deuces Wild
  • Turk, Tommy
  • Marmarosa, Michael "Dodo"
  • Win, Place, and Show Restaurant
  • WJAS Radio
  • Mellon Jazz Festival
  • Baxter, Jeanne
  • After-hours Clubs


Number: OHMP 115
Name: Ostrowski, Frank
Date of Interview: 12/07/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Trumpeter for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Ballet.
Topics Covered:

  • McVicker, Carl, Sr.
  • Fiedler, Arthur
  • Italian Wind Bands
  • Perella, Nick
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Musician Contracting
  • Gateway To Music
  • Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra
  • Musicians Unions
  • Crosby, Bob
  • Spivak, Charley
  • Big Bands


Number: OHMP 116
Name: Carra, Lawrence
Date of Interview: 12/10/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Head of Drama Department -Carnegie Mellon University.
Date of Death: 03/30/2006
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Tech) -- Drama Department
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Tech) -- Department of Music
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Tech) -- Scotch and Soda Shows
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)
  • Melody Tent
  • Godspell
  • Pittsburgh Music Festivals (1949 and 1950)


Number: OHMP 117
Name: Volkwein, Walter
Date of Interview: 12/16/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Owner, Volkwein's Music Store
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Volkwein Brothers Music Store
  • Sheet Music
  • Piano Rolls
  • Song Pluggers
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Club


Number: OHMP 118
Name: Sharff, Merle
Date of Interview: 12/21/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Choirmaster at the Pittsburgh Opera, organist, choir director.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Karp, Richard
  • Syria Mosque
  • Byerly, Virginia
  • Tuesday Musical Club
  • Opera Prompting
  • Karp, Barbara
  • Michaloski, Susan
  • Lissfelt, Mildred
  • WQED TV -- Pittsburgh Opera Production
  • St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church
  • St. Paul of the Cross Monastery Church
  • Community College of Allegheny County


Number: OHMP 119
Name: Melodini, Edward
Date of Interview: 12/29/1993
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer - Pittsburgh Opera.
Date of Death: 08/06/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • St. John Damascene Choir
  • Boback, John
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Karp, Richard
  • Capobianco, Tito
  • Valentino, Frank
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church


Number: OHMP 120
Name: Goldberg, Bernard
Date of Interview: 01/12/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Principal flutist - Pittsburgh Symphony. Teacher.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Bernstein, Leonard
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Stokowski, Leopold
  • Bakaleinikoff, Vladimir
  • Steinberg, William
  • Maazel, Loren
  • Maazel, Marie
  • Previn, Andre
  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
  • Three Rivers Training Orchestra
  • Duquesne University School of Music


Number: OHMP 121
Name: Packer, Betty
Date of Interview: 01/13/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer and chorister - Pittsburgh Opera.
Topics Covered:

  • First Baptist Church
  • Floyd, Allen
  • Gaul, Harvey
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Karp, Richard
  • Flagg, Gurdin
  • Pittsburgh Opera Workshop
  • Tuesday Musical Club
  • Operatunity Shop
  • Artz, Vincent
  • Karp, Barbara


Number: OHMP 122
Name: Weiner, Anne
Date of Interview: 01/27/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Piano teacher
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Piano
  • Karp, Ilse
  • Lopatnikoff, Nikolai


Number: OHMP 123
Name: Marino, John B.
Date of Interview: 01/29/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Trumpeter
Topics Covered:

  • Casino Burlesque Theater
  • Stanley Theater
  • Police and Firemen's Band
  • Nixon Theater Band
  • Carousel (nightclub)
  • Riley, Luke


Number: OHMP 124
Name: Boswell, Robert "Bobby"
Date of Interview: 02/01/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Bassist
Date of Death: 06/11/2001
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • After-hours Clubs
  • Turrentine, Tommy
  • Turrentine, Stanley
  • Black Musicians Union Hall
  • Holiday, Billie
  • Roach, Max
  • Crawford Grill
  • Musicians Club
  • Midway Lounge
  • Negri, Joe
  • Negri, Bobby


Number: OHMP 125
Name: Downs, Donald
Date of Interview: 02/03/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Violinist - Pittsburgh Symphony.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Steinberg, William
  • Previn, Andre
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project
  • Smoliar, Harold
  • Music in Pittsburgh Project
  • Coleman, Marilyn


Number: OHMP 126
Name: Franze, Joe
Date of Interview: 02/11/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Theater performer. Director of Civic Light Opera.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Odd Chair Playhouse
  • Brockett, Don
  • Dinner Theater
  • Wiz, The
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)
  • CLO Ministars
  • CLO Academy of Music Theater
  • Sondheim, Stephen
  • CLO Gene Kelly Awards
  • CLO Gallery of Heroes Productions


Number: OHMP 127
Name: Hornberger, Fred P.
Date of Interview: 02/14/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Teutonia Mannerchor
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Teutonia Maennerchor
  • Teutonia Damenchor
  • National Saengerfest of the North American Singers Asociation
  • German Singing Societies
  • United We Sing
  • McIlvaney, G. Logan
  • German Dance Orchestra


Number: OHMP 128
Name: Feeney, Anne
Date of Interview: 02/15/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Folksinger and composer.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Cucumber Rapids Bluegrass Band
  • Back and Push Bluegrass Band
  • Wobbly Joe's Bar
  • Wildsisters Bar
  • Fitzgerald, D.C.
  • Balderose, George
  • WYEP Radio
  • Richman, Vivien
  • Folk Music Evolution
  • Cohen, Stuart


Number: OHMP 129
Name: Negri, Joe
Date of Interview: 02/25/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Guitarist and composer.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Lopatnikoff, Nikolai
  • Leich, Roland
  • Carnegie Tech
  • Joe Negri Trio (WDTV)
  • Buzz and Bill
  • WTAE TV
  • Pirates Fight Song ("Beat 'em Bucs")
  • McCully, Bob
  • Cabaret Shows
  • Dinner Theater
  • Rogers, Fred
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools


Number: OHMP 130
Name: Benedict, John
Date of Interview: 02/26/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk singing group - Front Street.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Wobbly Joe's Bar
  • Folk Music
  • Gildersleeve, Rick and Sara
  • Portfolio Nightclub
  • Queen Anne's Lace (folk music group)
  • Di Leonardo, John
  • Penn Cafe (nightclub)
  • Graffiti Showcase Café
  • Waverly Coffee House
  • East End Collective
  • Front Street Group
  • Wilkins School Community Center
  • Smoky City Folk Festival


Number: OHMP 131
Name: Fitzgerald, D.C. (Delbert Clyde)
Date of Interview: 03/01/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk musician and singer
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • D.C. Band
  • Gaslight Club
  • Razzberry Rhinoceros
  • Harris, Cozy
  • Blues Rock
  • Dixie Dogs
  • Common Threads
  • Beach, Bob
  • Feeney, Anne
  • Penn Cafe (nightclub)
  • Social Action Concerts
  • American Music (musical group)
  • Encore (nightclub)


Number: OHMP 132
Name: Davidson, J.E.
Date of Interview: 03/10/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk musician and singer
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Davidson, Eero
  • Folk Arts Leadership Committee
  • Square Dances
  • Folk Music
  • White, Josh
  • Gateway Trio
  • Cubelic, Charles
  • Richman, Vivien
  • Davidson, J.E.
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Oral Tradition in Music
  • Mac Martin and the Dixieland Travelers


Number: OHMP 133
Name: Purcell, Jack
Date of Interview: 03/14/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Orchestra leader, trombonist, violinist.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Tobias, Neal
  • KDKA Radio
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Bernstein, Leonard
  • Jack Purcell Orchestra
  • Carnegie Tech (Scotch and Soda Shows)
  • Patton, Ann
  • Symphony Ball
  • Society Orchestra Engagements
  • High School Proms
  • Musician Contracting
  • Steinberg, William


Number: OHMP 134
Name: Beach, Robert K. "Bob"
Date of Interview: 03/16/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Harmonica player
Topics Covered:

  • Harmonica Playing
  • Loaves and Fishes Coffee House
  • Fitzgerald, D.C.
  • D.C. Band
  • Harps Band
  • American Music (musical group)
  • Blues Café
  • Bob Beach Blues Band
  • Graffiti Showcase Café


Number: OHMP 135
Name: Martin, Michael "Mick"
Date of Interview: 03/21/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Guitarist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Florida, Patty
  • Folk Music
  • Jug Band Music
  • Walsh's Restaurant and Bar
  • Martin, Mac (William Colleran)
  • Frankie Gustine's Restaurant
  • Bluefield Boys
  • Smoky City Folk Festival
  • Bluegrass vs. Country Music
  • Acousticados
  • Cohen, Stuart


Number: OHMP 136
Name: Harris, Joseph "Joe"
Date of Interview: 03/22/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz drummer and teacher.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Jazz Drumming
  • Roosevelt Theater
  • Segregation and Music
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Musicians
  • Davis, Nathan
  • University of Pittsburgh Music Department
  • Three Rivers Arts Festival


Number: OHMP 137
Name: Schafer, Joe
Date of Interview: 05/02/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist and band leader.
Topics Covered:

  • Peyton, Eddie
  • Nirella, Danny
  • Schafer-Englert Orchestra
  • Conforti, Tony
  • Syria Shrine Big Band
  • Morrone, Joe
  • Walton, Harry
  • Fort Pitt Hotel
  • Benack, Benny
  • Purcell, Jack
  • Kaye, Sammy
  • Bill Green's (nightclub)
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Union (Local 471)


Number: OHMP 138
Name: Negri, Robert "Bob"
Date of Interview: 05/04/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz pianist
Date of Death: 02/14/2010
Topics Covered:

  • Stanley Theater
  • Duffy's Tavern
  • Joe Negri Trio
  • Deuces Wild
  • Musicians Club
  • Bob Negri Trio
  • Christopher's Restaurant
  • Gateway To Music
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Copa (nightclub)
  • Carousel (nightclub)


Number: OHMP 139
Name: Yagello, Leo (Lee Kelton)
Date of Interview: 05/11/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Band leader
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Elliott, Baron
  • Lee Kelton Orchestra
  • WJAS Radio
  • Vogue Terrace (nightclub)
  • Ballrooms
  • Kennywood Park
  • West View Park
  • Big Bands


Number: OHMP 140
Name: Brantana, William (Bill Brant)
Date of Interview: 06/01/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Band leader and disc jockey.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • WWSW Radio
  • Disk Jockeys
  • KDKA Radio
  • KDKA TV
  • Tonight Show
  • Bill Brant Big Band
  • Rock Music
  • Garner, Errol
  • Stanley Theater
  • Big Bands
  • Costa, Johnny
  • Bryant, Slim
  • Paul, Les


Number: OHMP 141
Name: Granneman, Kate M.
Date of Interview: 06/05/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: WYEP radio
Topics Covered:

  • WYEP Radio
  • Feminism on Radio


Number: OHMP 142
Name: Pasquarelli, Anthony L.
Date of Interview: 05/06/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Trumpeter with various bands
Date of Death: 02/03/2011
Added Information: See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Ice Capades
  • Nixon Theater
  • WCAE Radio
  • Pittsburgh Sinfonietta
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)
  • Morrone, Joe
  • Schafer, Joe


Number: OHMP 143
Name: Novich, Mija
Date of Interview: 06/07/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Opera singer. Faculty at Duquesne University.
Date of Death: 10/13/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Syria Mosque
  • Karp, Richard
  • Ponselle, Rosa
  • Sheffey, Denise
  • Opera Singing
  • Duquesne University Opera Workshop
  • Duquesne University School of Music


Number: OHMP 144
Name: Davis, Nathan
Date of Interview: 06/16/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz saxophonist. Head of jazz department at the University of Pittsburgh.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Clarke, Kenny
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Jazz Drumming
  • University of Pittsburgh Music Department
  • Ethnomusicology at University of Pittsburgh
  • Jazz Seminars at University of Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 145
Name: Vecchiola, Charles, Jr.
Date of Interview: 06/27/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Discusses Charles Vecchiola Sr. and Antonio Modarelli.
Topics Covered:

  • Vecchiola, Charles, Sr.
  • Modarelli, Antonio
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Perrilla, Nicholas


Number: OHMP 146
Name: Staley, Sandra "Sandy"
Date of Interview: 06/29/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz singer
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Buddy Lee Orchestra
  • "Mickey Mouse" Bands
  • Jazz Singing
  • New Era Sportsmen's Club
  • Crossover (Jazz to Rock)
  • Classical Music vs. Jazz
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Audiences
  • Jazz Performance and Repertoire
  • Duquesne University School of Music


Number: OHMP 147
Name: Lewis, Virginia
Date of Interview: 06/06/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Public school music educator, pianist, organist.
Date of Death: 07/15/2000
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech
  • Blow, Jewel
  • Warren United Methodist Church
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Evanson, Jacob
  • Allderdice High School
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Ilson, Aaron B.
  • Sacred Music in Public Schools
  • Sounds of Heritage Choir
  • African-American Spirituals
  • Gospel Music in Church
  • Nuns Choir of the Pittsburgh Diocese


Number: OHMP 148
Name: Arter, Carl
Date of Interview: 07/11/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Musician and clubowner.
Date of Death: 01/11/2006
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Miller, James
  • Jamal, Ahmad
  • Pittsburgh Jazz
  • Clarke, Kenny
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Union (Local 471)
  • Kohler, Roy
  • Illery, Alma
  • Lewis, Virginia
  • Jazz Improvisation


Number: OHMP 149
Name: Richman, Hyman
Date of Interview: 06/16/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk Arts Leadership Council
Topics Covered:

  • Perlow, Anna
  • Irene Kaufmann Settlement Music School
  • Lando Theater
  • Steinfeld, Eddie
  • Richman, Vivien
  • Pittsburgh Folk Music Group
  • Davidson, Eero
  • Pennsylvania Folklore Society


Number: OHMP 150
Name: Shapiro, Anne
Date of Interview: 07/18/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Sang with Robert Schmertz and Friends
Topics Covered:

  • Robert Schmertz and Friends (musical group)
  • Elmers, Myra
  • Richman, Vivien
  • Davidson, Warren


Number: OHMP 151
Name: Dugan, Betty (Gawlas)
Date of Interview: 07/22/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Musician, entrepeneur, director of radio programs.
Date of Death: 12/03/2005
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • KQV Radio -- Uncle Henry's Radio Rascals
  • WWSW Radio -- The Juvenile Roundup
  • KDKA Radio -- Starlets on Parade
  • Teen Time (radio program)
  • Enright Theater
  • Tap Dancing, Radio Broadcasts of
  • C.C. Mellor Music Store
  • Betty Dugan Singers


Number: OHMP 152
Name: Hinds, William "Bill"
Date of Interview: 08/01/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Radio announcer and performer.
Date of Death: 02/25/2001
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • WCAE Radio
  • KDKA Radio
  • Tap Time (radio program)
  • Garroway, Dave
  • Flood of 1936
  • Buzz and Bill Show (radio and TV)
  • Aston, Buzz
  • Brunch with Bill (radio program)
  • Bill Hinds Band
  • King, Ed
  • Armstrong, Bernie
  • Spitalny, Maurice
  • Allegheny County Fair


Number: OHMP 153
Name: Nichols, Birdie
Date of Interview: 08/02/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Founder of Glorious Rebirth Singing Group and a teacher.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Velvet Voices of Pittsburgh
  • Davis, Ralph
  • Gospel Music
  • Westinghouse High School
  • McVicker, Carl, Sr.
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Lewis, Virginia
  • Glorious Rebirth (vocal ensemble)


Number: OHMP 154
Name: Costa, Johnny
Date of Interview: 08/16/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz pianist. Appeared on Mr. Rogers' television show.
Date of Death: 10/11/1996
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech
  • Mercur's Music Bar
  • Lopatnikoff, Nikolai
  • KDKA TV
  • WDTV
  • Rogers, Fred
  • Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
  • William Penn Hotel
  • Johnny Costa Trio
  • Nero, Peter


Number: OHMP 155
Name: Kirby, John "Tim"
Date of Interview: 08/17/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer on radio, in clubs, and stage shows.
Date of Death: 08/18/1997
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Lewando, Frances
  • KDKA Radio
  • Gaul, Harvey
  • Pittsburgh Savoyards
  • Pittsburgh Playhouse
  • WIIC TV -- Luncheon at the Ones (program)
  • Pittsburgh Nightclubs
  • Armstrong, Bernie
  • Bodycombe, Aneurin
  • Calvary Episcopal Church Choir


Number: OHMP 156
Name: Krebs, Beatrice
Date of Interview: 08/22/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Opera singer. Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.
Date of Death: 02/05/2011
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Opera
  • Shaw, Robert
  • Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Music


Number: OHMP 157
Name: Gorham, Francis
Date of Interview: 08/25/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Founder of Ozanam Strings
Date of Death: 02/08/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Gatto, Angelo
  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
  • Sisters of Charity
  • Ozanam Strings
  • Elizabeth Seton Center School of Music


Number: OHMP 158
Name: Imperatore, Attilio (Lee Barrett)
Date of Interview: 09/08/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Big band leader
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Lee Barrett Band
  • Shep Fields Rippling Rhythm
  • Ballrooms
  • New Penn (nightclub)
  • Como, Perry
  • Jefferson Room (Canonsburg)
  • Welk, Lawrence
  • Big Bands


Number: OHMP 159
Name: Vecchiola, Matthew
Date of Interview: 09/09/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Drummer
Topics Covered:

  • Drumming
  • Marmarosa, Michael "Dodo"
  • Garner, Errol
  • Fielding, Jerry
  • Benack, Benny
  • Pirates Fight Song ("Beat 'em Bucs")
  • Baron Elliott Orchestra
  • WCAE Radio
  • Bertini, Dick
  • Rich, Buddy
  • Tough, Davy
  • Riley, Luke
  • Holiday House (nightclub)


Number: OHMP 160
Name: Briney, Mary Martha
Date of Interview: 09/13/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer
Date of Death: 11/07/2004
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Lewando, Frances
  • Spitalny, Maurice
  • Tap Time (radio program)
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Harrison, Max
  • Martin, Robert
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)


Number: OHMP 161
Name: Harth, Sydney
Date of Interview: 09/23/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Violinist and conductor
Date of Death: 02/15/2011
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Louisville Orchestra
  • Wieniawski Competition
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Enesco, Georges
  • Casals, Pablo
  • Steinberg, William
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Mazer, Henry
  • Y- Music Society
  • Lopatnikoff, Nikolai
  • Surinach, Carlos
  • Thomas, Marilyn Taft
  • Contemporary Classical Music


Number: OHMP 162
Name: Anderson, Jack B.
Date of Interview: 11/29/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh band
Date of Death: 12/25/1998
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Sharon (PA) Concert Band
  • River City Brass Band
  • University of Pittsburgh Band
  • Arthur, Robert A.


Number: OHMP 163
Name: Stein, Gladys
Date of Interview: 12/03/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist and faculty at Duquesne University.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Lhevinne, Rosina
  • Maazel, Loren
  • Maselos, William
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Chung, Myung Wha
  • Cliburn, Van


Number: OHMP 164
Name: Nicolette, Jack
Date of Interview: 12/06/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz pianist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Adkins, Max
  • Wally Ginger Orchestra
  • Tender Trap Camp
  • Benack, Benny, Sr.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Jazz Group
  • Marmarosa, Michael "Dodo"
  • McKinley, Thomas
  • Pittsburgh Jazz


Number: OHMP 165
Name: Aloe, Eugene
Date of Interview: 12/09/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Fellows Club
Topics Covered:

  • Fellows Club
  • Benack, Benny
  • Schmertz, Robert
  • Vocal Quartets -- Men About Town
  • Vocal Quartets -- Steel City Four


Number: OHMP 166
Name: Phillips, Eugene
Date of Interview: 12/15/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Violinist, teacher, composer.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Phillips, Benjamin
  • Mazer, Henry
  • Kolberg, Hugo
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Lopatnikoff, Nikolai
  • Leich, Roland
  • Phillips, Natalie Barnet
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Steinberg, William
  • Orion Quartet


Number: OHMP 167
Name: Phillips, Natalie
Date of Interview: 12/16/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist and teacher.
Topics Covered:

  • Norton, Eunice
  • Chatham College Music Preparatory School
  • Chamber Music
  • University of Pittsburgh Music Department
  • Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • Y- Music Society
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Serkin, Peter
  • New Friends of Music
  • Pierrot Lunaire, Pittsburgh Performance of
  • Glass, Philip
  • Piano -- Teaching


Number: OHMP 168
Name: Flecker, George
Date of Interview: 12/21/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer with Tom Fallon Singers & Slim Bryant.
Topics Covered:

  • Tom Fallon Singers
  • Beck's Charter Oaks
  • Strange, Bob
  • Slim Bryant and the Wildcats
  • Flecker and Strange


Number: OHMP 169
Name: Hawkins, Ernest "Ernie"
Date of Interview: 12/27/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Guitarist. Founder of Pittsburgh Blues Festival.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Shady Grove Coffee House
  • Pittsburgh Blues Festival
  • Music Emporium
  • Cohen, Stuart
  • Pettey Music Store
  • Carnegie Tech
  • Ceilidh Folk Music Society ("The Ceilidhs")
  • Hughes, Richard
  • Guitar -- Piedmont Style Playing
  • Gary Belloma and the Blue Bombers


Number: OHMP 170
Name: Sallinger, David
Date of Interview: 12/28/1994
Occupation/Affiliation: Entertainment editor for McKeesport Daily News.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Music -- History
  • Classical Music
  • McKeesport Symphony
  • McKeesport Little Theater
  • Big Bands
  • Ethnic Music
  • Country Music
  • Rock Music


Number: OHMP 171
Name: Brenkus, Emil
Date of Interview: 01/03/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Bass player
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • WPA Orchestra
  • Eddie Peyton's (nightclub)
  • Mercur's Music Bar
  • Spitalny, Maurice
  • Saudek, Victor
  • Carousel (nightclub)
  • Casino Burlesque Theater
  • WCAE Radio
  • Elliott, Baron
  • Benack, Benny
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Jazz Group
  • Beneke, Tex
  • Riverboat Room (William Penn Hotel)


Number: OHMP 172
Name: Scott, Walter
Date of Interview: 01/06/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk musician
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Hughes, Richard
  • Ceilidh Folk Music Society ("The Ceilidhs")
  • Folk Music
  • Cohen, Stuart
  • Music Emporium
  • Glasser, Howard
  • Balderose, George
  • Calliope House Folk Music Society


Number: OHMP 173
Name: Huot, Joseph
Date of Interview: 01/09/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Discusses musical life in Pittsburgh.
Topics Covered:

  • Swissvale Eagles Band
  • Covato, Itzie
  • Nirella, Danny
  • Benack, Benny
  • Schmertz, Robert
  • Carnegie Tech
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO) -- Programs


Number: OHMP 174
Name: Harris, Ross
Date of Interview: 01/12/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz saxophonist with many groups including Syria Shrine Band.
Added Information: See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Sousa, John Philip
  • Jazz
  • Dixieland
  • Carousel (nightclub)
  • Syria Shrine Band
  • Rodef Shalom Temple Summer Jazz
  • Silverman, Jerry


Number: OHMP 175
Name: Levine, Betty K.
Date of Interview: 01/16/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Hornist and teacher.
Topics Covered:

  • Levin, Stanley
  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Club Contest
  • Karp, Richard
  • Carnegie Tech
  • Leich, Roland
  • Schmitt, Gladys
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Nixon Theater Orchestra
  • Rodef Shalom Temple School Choir
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools -- Centers for the Musically Talented
  • Suzuki Method


Number: OHMP 176
Name: Cacese, Anthony "Pap"
Date of Interview: 01/21/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Saxophonist and teacher.
Date of Death: 05/29/1996
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Italian Boys Band of Lincoln Avenue
  • General Pershing's Band
  • Theater Orchestras -- Silent Films
  • Solfege
  • Vaudeville Theaters
  • Casino Burlesque Theater
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • KDKA Radio
  • Adkins, Max


Number: OHMP 177
Name: Spaulding, George H.
Date of Interview: 01/26/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist, organist, piano tuner.
Added Information: See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Hollywood Show Bar
  • Garner, Errol
  • Stan Cebek Band
  • National Association of Negro Musicians
  • Gospel Music
  • Crawford Grill
  • Washington Club
  • Tatum, Art
  • Nightclubs -- Hill District
  • Savoy Ballroom
  • Piano and Organ Tuning
  • Orchestra Pitch


Number: OHMP 178
Name: Tole, William "Bill", Sr.,
Date of Interview: 01/27/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Musician and musical instrument salesman
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See recordings by Bill Tole (click link) provided at the time of the interview. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Chilcott Quartet
  • D'Ivernois, Philip
  • Polish Falcons Orchestra
  • Arthur, Robert A.
  • Shiner, Matty
  • Marching Bands
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Half-Time Show
  • Fleming, Stanley
  • West View High School Band and Orchestra
  • Babe Rhodes Band
  • Millvale Public Schools Music
  • Traveling Music Salesman
  • Music Stores


Number: OHMP 179
Name: McCully, Robert J. "Bob"
Date of Interview: 02/01/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Writer for Rege Cordic and Joe Negri.
Topics Covered:

  • Rege Cordic Show
  • Negri, Joe
  • Beck's Charter Oaks
  • Brooks, Albert
  • Ballard, Kaye
  • Laugh In (TV show)
  • Holiday House (nightclub)
  • Hope, Bob


Number: OHMP 180
Name: Cacese, Frank
Date of Interview: 02/02/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Saxophonist
Date of Death: 10/12/1996
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Haley, Harry
  • Loew's Penn Theater
  • Catholic Central High School Band
  • Tommy Carlin Band
  • Don Metz's Sky Vue Room
  • Burton, Benny
  • Werner Building
  • Mango, Tony
  • Music Stores


Number: OHMP 181
Name: Hardy, Ruby Young
Date of Interview: 02/07/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz pianist and organist.
Topics Covered:

  • Honey Boy and the Dancing Bees
  • Celebrity Club
  • Swan, Ruth
  • Two Twenty Club
  • Sherwood East Club
  • Wiegand's Restaurant
  • Black Musicians Union, Local 471
  • Kapphan, Eddie
  • Candy Kids
  • Avery Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church


Number: OHMP 182
Name: Hughes, Richard
Date of Interview: 02/21/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk singer and instrumentalist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Coony, Paddy
  • Irish Music -- Sligo Style
  • St. Moritz Hotel
  • Ceilidh Folk Music Society ("The Ceilidhs")
  • Glasser, Howard
  • Hoover, Peter
  • Gypsy Music
  • Seeger, Pete
  • Scott, Walter
  • Folk Festivals
  • Bloomsday Celebration


Number: OHMP 183
Name: Turner, Horace Lee
Date of Interview: 03/01/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz combo leader & Hill House music director
Topics Covered:

  • Horace Lee Turner Combo
  • Loendi Club
  • Turner's Record Shop
  • Civic Arena Ticket Agency
  • Record Jobbers
  • Hill House -- Jam Sessions


Number: OHMP 184
Name: Sapienza, James "Jimmy"
Date of Interview: 03/05/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Band leader and singer with Five Guys Named Moe.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See recordings by Jimmy Sapienza (click link) provided at the time of the interview. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Carousel (nightclub)
  • Duvall, Mitch
  • Boom Butz Boys Band
  • O'Donnell, Leo
  • Jimmy and the Dukes
  • Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five
  • Five Guys Named Moe (musical group)
  • Purcell, Jack


Number: OHMP 185
Name: Zinman, Isadore
Date of Interview: 03/09/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Violinist
Date of Death: 11/23/1999
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech Community Orchestra
  • Tuesday Musical Chamber Orchestra
  • Jewish Community Center Orchestra
  • Pittsburgh Savoyards Orchestra


Number: OHMP 186
Name: Homburg, Al
Date of Interview: 03/13/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Music teacher, singer, guitarist, music store owner.
Date of Death: 09/21/1999
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See recordings by The Homburgs+ (click link) provided at the time of the interview.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Bradshaw, Terry
  • Country Music
  • Brel, Jacques
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Carrick High School
  • McCully, Bob
  • Negri, Joe
  • Odd Chair Playhouse
  • Thomas, Thom
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • School Band Instruments -- Rentals
  • Radio and TV Commercials


Number: OHMP 187
Name: Weiner, Bill
Date of Interview: 03/19/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Country and blues performer and teacher.
Topics Covered:

  • Country Blues Music
  • Hawkins, Ernie
  • Frankie Gustine's Restaurant
  • Calliope - The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
  • Blues (Music) -- Teaching
  • Wobbly Joe's Bar
  • Antonio's Bar
  • Pittsburgh Coffee Houses


Number: OHMP 188
Name: Matteo, Ernest
Date of Interview: 02/21/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Saxophonist, clarinetist, teacher.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Monte Carlo (nightclub)
  • Bill Green's (nightclub)
  • Westinghouse Electric Band
  • Howdy Baum Orchestra
  • Homer Ochsenhirt Orchestra
  • Benny Benack and the Schoolteachers
  • Riverboat Room (William Penn Hotel)
  • Pittsburgh Pops Orchestra
  • Pirates Fight Song ("Beat 'em Bucs")
  • Liberto, Roy
  • Purcell, Jack
  • Spitalny, Maurice
  • Armstrong, Bernie


Number: OHMP 189
Name: Schreiber, Lou
Date of Interview: 03/24/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz pianist and instrumentalist, piano tuner.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Wedding Music
  • Crawford Grill
  • Hurricane Bar and Grill
  • Pittsburgh Press Club
  • Wendell Byrd Trio
  • Christopher's Restaurant
  • Breach, Joyce
  • Costa, Johnny
  • William Penn Hotel
  • Five Guys Named Moe (musical group)
  • Sapienza, Jimmy
  • New Era Sportsmen's Club
  • Rock Music


Number: OHMP 190
Name: Thorpe, Dwayne
Date of Interview: 04/09/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Folk singer and guitarist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Ceilidh Folk Music Society ("The Ceilidhs")
  • Glasser, Howard
  • Folk Singing
  • Balderose, George
  • Calliope - The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
  • Jug Band Music
  • Smoky City Folk Festival


Number: OHMP 191
Name: Iola, Ida (Molinare)
Date of Interview: 04/25/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Big band and radio singer
Topics Covered:

  • Big Bands
  • Martin, Lenny
  • KDKA Radio
  • Ejitzi, Al
  • WWSW Radio
  • Musicians Club
  • Heller, Jackie


Number: OHMP 192
Name: Kloss, Alton G.
Date of Interview: 05/02/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Western PA School for Blind Children. Eric Kloss.
Date of Death: 12/27/2000
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind -- Music Program
  • Kloss, Eric
  • McKinley, Thomas
  • Shearing, George
  • Kuhlman, Katherine


Number: OHMP 193
Name: Franklin, Harry
Date of Interview: 05/11/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist, teacher, head of Carnegie Mellon University Music Department.
Date of Death: 09/20/2002
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Musica Viva
  • Harth, Sidney
  • Siloti, Alexander
  • Carnegie Mellon University -- Department of Music
  • Leich, Roland
  • Fellner, Rudolph
  • Page, Robert
  • Thomas, Marilyn Taft
  • Three Rivers Piano Competition


Number: OHMP 194
Name: Spencer, Scipio
Date of Interview: 05/18/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz pianist
Topics Covered:

  • Big Bands
  • Schmidt, Kloman
  • Fillion Music Studios
  • Royalist Jazz Quintet
  • Westray's Hall
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Union (Local 471)
  • Debonaires (musical group)
  • Postal Alliance Club
  • Afro-Americans (musical group)
  • Hill House -- Jam Sessions


Number: OHMP 195
Name: Ponder, Jimmy
Date of Interview: 05/22/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz guitarist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Jazz Guitar
  • Zebra Room
  • Jazz, Pop, and Rap Music
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Balcony Shadyside
  • Jimmy Ponder Quartet
  • Pittsburgh Jazz


Number: OHMP 196
Name: Doreza, Mary
Date of Interview: 05/31/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Director, Greek Odyssey Dancers
Topics Covered:

  • Greek Folk Dancing
  • Grecian Odyssey Dancers
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Greek Music in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 197
Name: Crichlow, Verna
Date of Interview: 07/25/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Caribbean music specialist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Steel Drum Music
  • Verna's Carribean Vibes
  • Calypso (Music)
  • Reggae (Music)
  • Pittsburgh Folk Music
  • WYEP Radio


Number: OHMP 198
Name: Spiegel, Ben
Date of Interview: 07/28/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Bassoonist - Pittsburgh Symphony, and photographer - Pittsburgh Symphony.
Date of Death: 05/19/1996
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • De Sabata, Victor
  • Beecham, Sir Thomas
  • Light, Enoch
  • Previn, Andre
  • Maazel, Loren


Number: OHMP 199
Name: Molnar, Victor
Date of Interview: 08/10/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Hungarian music radio show host
Topics Covered:

  • Hungarian Music
  • WEDO Radio -- Hungarian Varieties
  • WDUQ Radio


Number: OHMP 200
Name: Kuzma, Timothy
Date of Interview: 08/17/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Director - Polonia Song and Dance Ensemble.
Topics Covered:

  • Polonia Song and Dance Ensemble
  • Polish Music in Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Polka (Music)


Number: OHMP 201
Name: Yucius, Vito
Date of Interview: 08/18/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Host of Lithuanian radio program
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • WHOD Radio
  • WZUM Radio
  • WEDO Radio -- Echos of Lithuania
  • Lithuanian Music in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 202
Name: Shiner, Eric
Date of Interview: 08/23/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Japanese music in Pittsburgh
Added Information: See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Japanese Music in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 203
Name: Puhl, Eugene, Jr.
Date of Interview: 08/29/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Letter Carriers Band, and Brad Hunt Orchestra.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Brad Hunt Orchestra
  • Pittsburgh Letter Carriers Band
  • Puhl, J. Nick
  • American Legion (East Liberty Post #5) Band
  • Bellevue Silver Cornet Band


Number: OHMP 204
Name: Fejka, Darlene
Date of Interview: 09/06/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Director - Slavjane Folk Ensemble.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans
  • Carpatho-Rusyn Music in Pittsburgh
  • Slavjane Folk Ensemble
  • Pittsburgh Tamburitzans


Number: OHMP 205
Name: Zinski, Stephen H.
Date of Interview: 09/14/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Ukrainian liturgical music
Topics Covered:

  • St. John the Baptist Church (South Side)
  • Ukrainian Liturgical Music
  • Byzantine Rite Churches of Pittsburgh
  • Ukrainian Choirs in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 206
Name: Root, James
Date of Interview: 09/15/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Liturgical music. Lebanese music.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Lebanese Dance Group of Pittsburgh
  • Maronite Liturgical Music
  • Our Lady of Victory Church Choir
  • Lebanese Church Music


Number: OHMP 207
Name: Papadakos, Peter
Date of Interview: 10/09/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Greek music and Greek Orthodox church music.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Greek Orthodox Church Music In Pittsburgh
  • Greek Music in Pittsburgh
  • Greek Funeral Rites and Customs
  • Greek Youth Activities
  • Byzantine Church Music
  • Modern Greek Musical Instruments


Number: OHMP 208
Name: Batyi, George
Date of Interview: 10/12/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Gypsy violinist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Goldman, Jack
  • Gypsy Music in Pittsburgh
  • Gypsy Funeral Music
  • Gypsy Wedding Music


Number: OHMP 209
Name: Thompson, Sarah Jean
Date of Interview: 10/24/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Scottish music
Topics Covered:

  • Wardrope, James
  • Gordon Highlanders Bagpipe Band
  • Scottish Music in Pittsburgh
  • Scottish Day at Kennywood Park
  • Thistle Club
  • Idlewild Park Highland Games
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival


Number: OHMP 210
Name: Guevarra, Lucille
Date of Interview: 10/29/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Philippine music
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Phillipine Music in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 211
Name: Jakoski, Chester
Date of Interview: 11/06/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Polish music
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Dance Programs
  • Polish Aristocrats Orchestra
  • WWSW Radio
  • Polish Wedding Music
  • Polish Falcon Hall Dances
  • Polish Day at Kennywood Park
  • WHOD Radio
  • WPIT Radio -- Polish Memories
  • Chester's Record and Card Shop
  • Dee, Mary


Number: OHMP 212
Name: Komichak, Michael
Date of Interview: 12/02/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: Ukrainian music
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Ukrainian Choirs in Pittsburgh
  • WPIT Radio -- Ukrainian Program
  • Ukrainian Folk Dance Groups -- Poltava
  • Ukrainian Folk Dance Groups -- Kyiv
  • Ukrainian Day at West View Park
  • Ukrainian Wedding Music


Number: OHMP 213
Name: Coelle, Heino
Date of Interview: 12/08/1995
Occupation/Affiliation: German music
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • German Music in Pittsburgh
  • Oktoberfest at Station Square
  • Pittsburgh Kinderchor
  • Teutonia Maennerchor
  • WPIT Radio -- German Radio Hour


Number: OHMP 214
Name: Gale, Richard
Date of Interview: 01/16/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Music and record promoter
Topics Covered:

  • Music and Record Promotion
  • Payola
  • Gospel Music in Pittsburgh
  • Jazz in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 215
Name: Goodrich, David
Date of Interview: 01/24/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Author of "Key to the City," a survey of entertainment.
Topics Covered:

  • Rock and Roll Music in Pittsburgh
  • Syria Mosque
  • Stanley Theater
  • Parkway Records
  • Rhythm and Blues
  • Pittsburgh Civic Arena
  • Chedwick, Porky
  • Dicesare-Engler Productions
  • Kennywood Park
  • West View Park
  • Del Vikings (musical group)


Number: OHMP 216
Name: Kennedy, Joseph J., III
Date of Interview: 01/31/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Public school music teacher. Performer.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Duquesne University Jazz Band
  • Music -- Teaching
  • Kennedy and Lavalle
  • Encore (nightclub)
  • University of Pittsburgh Music Department
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Levin, Stanley


Number: OHMP 217
Name: Weatherspoon, Wrett
Date of Interview: 02/03/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Blues music in Pittsburgh
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Blues (Music) in Pittsburgh
  • WYEP Radio
  • Pittsburgh Blues Festival


Number: OHMP 218
Name: Chedwick, Craig "Porky"
Date of Interview: 02/09/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Disc jockey
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • WHOD Radio
  • WAMO Radio
  • Syria Mosque -- Rock Concerts
  • Rock and Roll Music


Number: OHMP 219
Name: Sims, Edgar, Jr.
Date of Interview: 02/13/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Ringold Band
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Ringold Band
  • Parades
  • Kennywood Park
  • Volkwein Brothers Music Store


Number: OHMP 220
Name: Pellow, Michael
Date of Interview: 02/21/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Guitarist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pellow, James A.
  • Jazz-Rock Fusion (Music)
  • Gypsy (musical group)
  • Top Shelf (nightclub)
  • Encore (nightclub)
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Guitar Repair and Building
  • Negri, Joe


Number: OHMP 221
Name: Eisner, Alice Gerber
Date of Interview: 04/25/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer and actress
Added Information: Printed materials in folder and supplimentary recording. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Wilkens Amateur Hour
  • Eisner, Jerome
  • Mercur's Music Bar
  • Garner, Errol
  • West View Danceland
  • Billy Yates Orchestra
  • Strayhorn, Billy


Number: OHMP 222
Name: Wilkins, Donald G.
Date of Interview: 04/29/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Church musician, faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Oratorio Society.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Wilkins, George
  • Shute, Florence
  • Boulanger, Nadia
  • Gaul, Harvey
  • Calvary Episcopal Church
  • Pittsburgh Oratorio Society
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Steinberg, William
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • American Guild of Organists
  • Organ Artist Series of Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Music Hall Organ


Number: OHMP 223
Name: Hallen, Philip
Date of Interview: 06/10/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer. Former President of the Pittsburgh Oratorio Society.
Topics Covered:

  • Wilkins, Donald
  • Pittsburgh Oratorio Society
  • Calvary Episcopal Church
  • Steinberg, William


Number: OHMP 224
Name: Frank, Malke
Date of Interview: 06/11/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Israeli folk dance group
Topics Covered:

  • Israeli Folkdance Group
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Pittsburgh Jewish Community


Number: OHMP 225
Name: Cunimondo, Frank
Date of Interview: 06/20/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz pianist and night club owner.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See recordings by Frank Cunimondo (click link) provided at the time of the interview. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Westinghouse High School
  • McVicker, Carl
  • Jazz -- Teaching
  • Mondo Records
  • University of Pittsburgh Music Department
  • Top Shelf (nightclub)
  • After-hours Clubs
  • Ballroom and Skating Rink Dances
  • Jazz-Rock Fusion (Music)


Number: OHMP 226
Name: Butler, Donald
Date of Interview: 07/02/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Published programs for various musical organizations.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Romberg, Sigmund
  • Borge, Victor
  • Rubin, Gabe
  • New Nixon Theater
  • Concert Magazine
  • Beegle, May
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)
  • Kaye, Barry
  • Amusement Publishing Company


Number: OHMP 227
Name: Bennett, H.B.
Date of Interview: 07/13/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz drummer and band leader.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Free People's Record Store
  • Sonny Daye's Stage Door Club
  • Western Penitentiary Concerts
  • Balcony Big Band
  • Billy Price Band
  • Lawrence Welk Show
  • Race Relations among Musicians


Number: OHMP 228
Name: Wilson, John
Date of Interview: 07/15/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Professor of jazz studies at Duquesne University. Trumpeter.
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Duquesne University Jazz Studies
  • Jazz-Rock Fusion (Music)
  • WDUQ Radio
  • Big Band Music
  • Costa, Johnny
  • Duquesne University Big Band


Number: OHMP 229
Name: Watson, Carole
Date of Interview: 07/16/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Bethesda Presbyterian Church Choir. Billy Eckstine.
Topics Covered:

  • Bethesda Presbyterian Church Choir
  • Eckstine, Billy


Number: OHMP 230
Name: Sague, Miguel, Jr.
Date of Interview: 07/22/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Latin musician and band leader
Added Information: Printed materials in folder and supplimentary recording.
Topics Covered:

  • University of Pittsburgh -- Latin American Folk Festival
  • La Guaracha
  • Washington, Cecil
  • Jay Hanna's (nightclub)
  • Rosebud Café
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Pittsburgh
  • Cozumel Restaurant
  • Salsa Music in Pittsburgh
  • Sague Presents (ethnic music promoter)
  • Native-American Culture in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 231
Name: Kihonia, Elie
Date of Interview: 07/30/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Zairean music. UMOJA African Arts Company.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See recording by UMOJA (click link) provided at the time of the interview.
Topics Covered:

  • Zairean (Congolese) Music
  • UMOJA - African Arts Company
  • African Gospel Music
  • Rusted Root (musical group)


Number: OHMP 232
Name: Russell, Barbara
Date of Interview: 08/06/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Actress and teacher. Brockett & Barbara.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Brockett, Don
  • Brockett and Barbara
  • Pasquinelli, Joanne
  • Gateway To Music
  • Forbidden Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Playhouse


Number: OHMP 233
Name: Aliquo, Don, Jr.
Date of Interview: 08/07/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Clarinetist and saxophonist in many groups and bands.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pass, Joe
  • Crawford Grill
  • Joe Negri Quartet
  • New Arena (nightclub)
  • Encore (nightclub)
  • Top Shelf (nightclub)
  • Cafe Azure
  • Hal Case Orchestra
  • River City Brass Band
  • Teaching Music in Public Schools


Number: OHMP 234
Name: Kimmel, Joan
Date of Interview: 08/15/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: General manager - River City Brass Band.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Bernat, Robert
  • River City Brass Band


Number: OHMP 235
Name: Slaugh, Philip
Date of Interview: 08/19/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: President - Pittsburgh Musicians Union.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech Department of Music
  • Teaching Music in Public Schools
  • Osgood, Herbert
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Union (Local 60/471)
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Union and Rock Music Groups
  • Race Relations among Pittsburgh Musicians


Number: OHMP 236
Name: Jones, George
Date of Interview: 08/28/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Drummer. Salsamba.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See recordings by Salsamba (click link) provided at the time of the interview.
Topics Covered:

  • Kloss, Eric
  • Salsamba
  • Pittsburgh Jazz -- Latin Music
  • Oakland School of Performing Arts
  • Sharif, Shona
  • Drums of West Africa (musical group)
  • African Drum and Dance Ensemble


Number: OHMP 237
Name: Di Ianni, Nunzio
Date of Interview: 09/05/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Clarinetist -Metropolitan Symphony Band. Volkwein's Music Store.
Topics Covered:

  • Nirella, Danny
  • Di Ianni, Lorenzo
  • Italian Wind Bands
  • Mancini, Henry
  • Adkins, Max
  • Metropolitan Symphonic Band
  • Volkwein Brothers Music Store
  • Musical Instrument Repair


Number: OHMP 238
Name: Pasquinelli, Joanne
Date of Interview: 09/09/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Music therapist. Composed music for Don Brockett.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Franklin, Harry
  • Carnegie Tech Department of Music
  • Dorian, Frederick
  • Brockett, Don
  • Russell, Barbara Mazziotti
  • Musical Revues
  • Chatham College Summer Music Camp
  • Music Therapy
  • Boudreau, Robert
  • American Wind Symphony


Number: OHMP 239
Name: Green, Thomas
Date of Interview: 09/17/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Christian pop music
Date of Death: 07/04/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Christian Pop Music
  • Christian Music Videos
  • Grant, Amy
  • Christian Rock Music
  • WPCB TV -- Lightmusic


Number: OHMP 240
Name: Logan, Bert
Date of Interview: 09/24/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: George Washington Carver Marching and Concert Band
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • George Washington Carver Marching and Concert Band
  • George W.H. Krigler Concert Band
  • Barnett, David
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Jazz Group


Number: OHMP 241
Name: Patitucci, Sal
Date of Interview: 11/14/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Host of Radio Italia radio program
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • WEDO Radio -- Radio Italia
  • Italian Music on Pittsburgh Radio
  • Pavarotti, Luciano
  • Calabria Club of Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 242
Name: Charles, David
Date of Interview: 11/19/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Teacher. Native American music and culture.
Topics Covered:

  • Native-American Music and Dance
  • Pow-wows in Dorseyville
  • Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center


Number: OHMP 243
Name: Ebert, Harry J.
Date of Interview: 11/23/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Pipe organ builder and repair. Owner of Ebert Organ Co.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • New Jerusalem Swedenborg Church
  • Bidwell, Marshall
  • Carnegie Music Hall Organ
  • Koch, Caspar
  • Pipe Organs -- Building and Repair
  • Wilcox, Thornton
  • H. J. Ebert Organ Co.
  • Rodef Shalom Temple Pipe Organ
  • Calvary Episcopal Church -- Pipe Organ
  • Pittsburgh Theater Organs
  • Electronic Organs


Number: OHMP 244
Name: Knox, James W.
Date of Interview: 11/25/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Gaelic Arts Society. Irish music in Pittsburgh.
Date of Death: 01/?/2002
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Gaelic Arts Society
  • Irish Music in Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 245
Name: Engle, Paul E.
Date of Interview: 12/03/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society.
Date of Death: 01/09/2012
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Olivera, Hector
  • Pittsburgh Theater Organs
  • Mitchell, Johnny
  • Pipe Organs
  • Pittsburgh Area Theater Organ Society
  • Keystone Oaks High School
  • Organ Music -- Duquesne University
  • Aymer, Rohl


Number: OHMP 246
Name: Hickling, Thom
Date of Interview: 12/17/1996
Occupation/Affiliation: Christian rock music.
Date of Death: 12/27/2005
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • WZUM Radio
  • Christian Rock Music
  • Hickling, Cathy
  • WQED TV -- Christian Music Programs


Number: OHMP 247
Name: Lerner, Mimi
Date of Interview: 01/07/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Classical singer.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Covenant Seekers
  • Kane, Janet
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Singers
  • Tagg, Jeannette
  • Chamber Music (Vocal) in Pittsburgh
  • Gateway To Music
  • Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance
  • Myers, John
  • France, Norma
  • Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
  • Posvar, Mildred Miller
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Zitterbart, Ralph


Number: OHMP 248
Name: Tines, Deryck
Date of Interview: 01/09/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Publisher of Pittsburgh Gospel Magazine.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Gospel (musical group)
  • Pittsburgh Gospel Festival
  • Gospel Music in Pittsburgh
  • Communion (musical group)
  • Gospel Music Workshop of America


Number: OHMP 249
Name: Kohl, A. George
Date of Interview: 04/15/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Church organist, Moller Organ Co., Pittsburgh Symphony.
Topics Covered:

  • Koch, Caspar
  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • McKissick, Pearl
  • Pearson, Charles
  • American Guild of Organists
  • Moller Pipe Organ Co.
  • Pipe Organ Design
  • Koch, Paul
  • St. Paul's Cathedral Organ


Number: OHMP 250
Name: Davis, Irene
Date of Interview: 04/24/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Community College of Allegheny County Gospel Ensemble.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pentacostal Church Choirs
  • Gospel Music Choir
  • Community College of Allegheny County -- Gospel Music Training Course
  • Gospel Music Workshop of America -- Convention in Pittsburgh (1966)


Number: OHMP 251
Name: Rice, Karen
Date of Interview: 05/05/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer of gospel music.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Dorsey, Thomas
  • Greater Pittsburgh Gospel Choral Union
  • Funeral Music
  • Wedding Music
  • Gospel Music
  • Calvary Baptist Church


Number: OHMP 252
Name: Dorsey, Neil
Date of Interview: 05/08/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Owner - Dorsey's Music Co. (retail music store).
Date of Death: 05/08/1997
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • McVicker, Carl
  • Dorsey, Cornelius H.
  • Dorsey's Music Co.
  • Phonograph Record Retailing
  • Homewood - Brushton Revitalization and Development Corp.
  • Pittsburgh Musicians Union (Local 471)
  • Gospel Music
  • Jazz


Number: OHMP 253
Name: Byrnes, Diane
Date of Interview: 05/12/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Irish music in Pittsburgh.
Topics Covered:

  • WEDO Radio -- Echos of Erin
  • Byrnes and Keegan Enterprises
  • Irish Music in Pittsburgh
  • Promoting Irish Music (Concerts)


Number: OHMP 254
Name: Graham, Fannie Martin
Date of Interview: 05/15/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Greater Pittsburgh Gospel Choral Union.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Calvary Baptist Church Choirs
  • Gospel Crusaders
  • Dorsey, Thomas
  • Greater Pittsburgh Gospel Choral Union


Number: OHMP 255
Name: Schatz, Virginia W.
Date of Interview: 06/10/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Piano teacher at Western PA School for the Deaf.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • YWCA Music
  • Music Therapy
  • Music for the Deaf
  • Dalcroze Eurythmics
  • Western Pennsyvania School for the Deaf
  • Dorian, Frederick
  • Carnegie Tech Department of Music
  • Wichmann, Russell
  • Shadyside Presbyterian Church Music
  • Walker, John
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (music society for woman)


Number: OHMP 256
Name: Zgonc, Vlatka
Date of Interview: 06/30/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Host of Sounds of Yugoslavia radio program.
Topics Covered:

  • Serbian Music
  • Croatian Music
  • Serb - Croat Relations
  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans
  • Zgonc, Robert
  • WPIT Radio - Sounds of Yugoslavia
  • Serbian Club
  • Welcome to Serbia (radio program)
  • Button Box Accordion


Number: OHMP 257
Name: Kukich, Daniel
Date of Interview: 07/10/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Yugoslav, Croatian, and Serbian music.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Lawrence, Victor J.
  • Nightclubs
  • Yugoslav Music
  • Kovacevich, Jim
  • Tambura
  • Croatian Music
  • Serbian Music
  • Negri, Joe


Number: OHMP 258
Name: Lord, Robert S.
Date of Interview: 07/14/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: University organist & music faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Langlais, Jean
  • University of Pittsburgh Music Department
  • Finney, Theodore
  • Heinz Chapel
  • Heinz Chapel Organ
  • Heinz Chapel Wedding Music
  • Bidwell, Marshall
  • Heinz, Senator John (funeral of)
  • Slawson, Wayne
  • Moe, Eric
  • Organ Music -- Improvisation


Number: OHMP 259
Name: Dixit, Balwant
Date of Interview: 07/23/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Indian music in Pittsburgh
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Indian Music in Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh -- Center for Performing Arts of India
  • Indian Classical Music in U.S. Universities


Number: OHMP 260
Name: Root, Deane L.
Date of Interview: 08/04/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Curator - Stephen Foster Memorial.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Bloom, Robert
  • New College
  • Grove Dictionary of Music
  • Directory of American Music Resource ... Material
  • Dyan, Doris
  • Stephen Foster Memorial
  • Dear Friends
  • Racism
  • Milliones, Jake
  • Center for American Music
  • Shape Note Music
  • Klezmer Music
  • Friends of the Music Library


Number: OHMP 261
Name: Sanchez, Marta
Date of Interview: 08/05/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Director of the Dalcroze Eurythmics Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
Date of Death: 04/15/2006
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Mellon University -- Department of Music
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Dalcroze Method in Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Eurythmics


Number: OHMP 262
Name: Beltram, Victor
Date of Interview: 09/10/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Peruvian music. Musuhalpa (Incan musical group).
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Musuhalpa (Incan musical group)
  • Peruvian Music
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools Music Workshops
  • Pittsburgh Hispanic Community
  • Andean Music


Number: OHMP 263
Name: Gutierrez, Salome
Date of Interview: 09/01/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Latin American Cultural Union.
Topics Covered:

  • Latin American Cultural Union
  • University of Pittsburgh -- Center for Latin American Studies
  • Andean Music
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Club Espanol


Number: OHMP 264
Name: Broadus, Clyde Edward
Date of Interview: 10/28/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Tap dancer. African-American music in Pittsburgh.
Topics Covered:

  • Candy Kids (radio program)
  • Strayhorn, Billy
  • Garner, Errol
  • Eckstine, Billy
  • Tap Dancing
  • Racism and Segregation in Pittsburgh
  • Nazarene Baptist Church Choir


Number: OHMP 265
Name: Shor, Martin R.
Date of Interview: 10/29/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Nightclub musician
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Nightclub Music
  • Ballroom Music
  • Country Club Orchestras
  • Spitalny, Maurice
  • Marmarosa, Michael "Dodo"
  • Elliott, Baron
  • Swinging Seniors Big Band
  • Big Bands


Number: OHMP 266
Name: Hollowood, Don
Date of Interview: 11/05/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Proprietor - Hollowood Music.
Topics Covered:

  • Hollowood, Jim, Sr.
  • Hollowood Music and Sound
  • Electronic Musical Instruments
  • Mancini's Lounge
  • Muddy Waters
  • The Decade (nightclub)
  • DiSilvio, Dom
  • Bon Ton Roulet (musical group)
  • Jill West and Blues Attack (musical group)
  • Rusted Root (musical group)
  • Starlight Amphitheater


Number: OHMP 267
Name: Musulin, Nicholas
Date of Interview: 11/10/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Syria Shrine Hillbilly Band. Country Gentlemen Band.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • White House Social Club
  • Syria Shrine Hillbilly Band
  • Country Gentlemen Hillbilly Band
  • American Legion Hilltop Post 438 - Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Syria Shrine Drum and Bugle Corps


Number: OHMP 268
Name: Grefenstette, Carl M.
Date of Interview: 11/18/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Owner - Pittsburgh Guitars.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Social Club Music
  • Zit Blemish & the Hot Rods (musical group)
  • Flashcats (musical group)
  • Rock Music
  • Jackson, Bull Moose
  • Pittsburgh Guitars (retail store)
  • Bogus Records


Number: OHMP 269
Name: Singer, David H.
Date of Interview: 12/29/1997
Occupation/Affiliation: Music educator and clarinetist.
Topics Covered:

  • Kidner, Jean
  • Glick, David
  • Peabody High School Orchestra
  • Zurosky, John
  • Carnegie Tech Department of Music
  • Paul, Louis
  • Duquesne University
  • Koval, Nestor
  • Cerelli, Bernie
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools -- Centers for the Musically Talented
  • Jewish Community Center Orchestra
  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony


Number: OHMP 270
Name: Venkataraman, K.S. and Premlata
Date of Interview: 01/10/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Indian music in Pittsburgh.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Madhan, Ashok
  • Carnegie Mellon University Indian Music Group
  • India Association of Pittsburgh
  • Indian Music in Pittsburgh
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple
  • SPIC-MACAY (Indian Students Organization)
  • Indian Music in Pittsburgh -- Films


Number: OHMP 271
Name: Capone, Joseph T.
Date of Interview: 01/15/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Executive Director - Pittsburgh Rockets Drum & Bugle Corp.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Homewood Rockets
  • American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps
  • McVicker, Carl, Sr.
  • Pittsburgh Rockets Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Half-Time Show
  • Drum and Bugle Corps Music
  • Drum and Bugle Corps Uniforms


Number: OHMP 272
Name: Rossi, Frank
Date of Interview: 01/26/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Founder - Pittsburgh Banjo Club.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See recording by The Pittsburgh Banjo Club (click link) provided at the time of the interview.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Banjo Club
  • Blasi, Jack
  • Pittsburgh Banjo Jam (Convention)
  • Banjo Conventions
  • James St. Restaurant


Number: OHMP 273
Name: Dorian, Judith Meibach
Date of Interview: 02/20/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Wrote program notes for Pittsburgh Symphony.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Dorian, Frederick
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Program Notes
  • Schoenberg, Arnold
  • Carnegie Tech Department of Music


Number: OHMP 274
Name: Blasi, Jack (John)
Date of Interview: 02/21/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Banjo player.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Gus Bank Polish Band
  • New Republican Club
  • East Liberty Clubs
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Sandscratchers Club
  • Amateur Contests
  • Peyton, Eddie
  • West View Park


Number: OHMP 275
Name: Berwyn, Deborah J.
Date of Interview: 02/26/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: President - Pittsburgh Songwriters Association.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Songwriters Association
  • Ellsworth, Gene
  • Marcus, Linda


Number: OHMP 276
Name: French, Pat
Date of Interview: 03/12/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Bulgarian music.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Kolar Walter
  • Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center
  • Bulgarian Music
  • Fisher, Frank
  • Bulgaro-Macedonian Beneficial Association


Number: OHMP 277
Name: Marcus, Linda
Date of Interview: 04/21/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Lyricist and teacher.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Jennings, Patricia Prattis
  • Gift of Love (Song)
  • Song Lyrics, Writing
  • Holiday Music in the Schools
  • River in Judea (Song)
  • Newman, Carol


Number: OHMP 278
Name: Weingartner, Rudolph
Date of Interview: 05/05/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Symphony Board Advisor.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Maazel, Loren
  • Janssons, Mariss
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Pittsburgh Opera Theater
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Cuarteto Latino Americano
  • Music on the Edge
  • Music Criticism


Number: OHMP 279
Name: Zitterbart, Ralph
Date of Interview: 05/11/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist. Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Zitterbart, Fidelis
  • Lissfelt, Mildred
  • Pittsburgh Opera Workshop at Chatham College
  • Opera Theater Of Pittsburgh
  • Posvar, Mildred Miller
  • Piano Accompaniment (Collaboration)
  • Harth, Sidney
  • Carnegie Mellon University Music Department
  • Franklin, Harry
  • Galbraith, Nancy


Number: OHMP 280
Name: Hee-Sun, Kim
Date of Interview: 05/18/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Korean music
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • University Of Pittsburgh Ethnomusicology Department
  • Korean Central Church of Pittsburgh
  • Korean Sanjo Music
  • Korean Wedding Customs in Pittsburgh
  • Improvisation in Korean Music
  • Korean Karaoke in Pittsburgh
  • Gamelan Ensemble of University of Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 281
Name: Yoder, Henry
Date of Interview: 06/02/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Recording studios
Topics Covered:

  • Aircraft Communications (Recording Studio)
  • Recording Music
  • Aircraft Record Label
  • Heartsong (Recording Studio)
  • Zimmerman, Shirl
  • Pittsburgh Songwriters Association


Number: OHMP 282
Name: Austin, Charles
Date of Interview: 09/28/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Trumpeter with various bands
Date of Death: 05/26/12
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pasquarelli, Tony
  • Pittsburgh Musical Institute
  • Hurricane Bar And Grill
  • Young Ruby
  • Carnival Show Music
  • Racial Segregation
  • Purcell, Jack
  • Musicians Unions
  • Morrone, Joe
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Jazz Group
  • Betters, Harold
  • Musicians Pay
  • New Orleans Style Funeral
  • Halloween Parades
  • African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh
  • Balcony Big Band


Number: OHMP 283
Name: Hanner, Dave
Date of Interview: 10/19/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Corbin-Hanner Band
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Fox Café
  • Luv Inn
  • Gravel (musical group)
  • Corbin and Hammer
  • Corbin, Bob
  • Song Writing
  • Music Publishing


Number: OHMP 284
Name: Heaton, Charles H.
Date of Interview: 11/16/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Organist/choir director
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • East Liberty Presbyterian Church
  • Church Tower Bells
  • Church Organist
  • Choir Director
  • Race Relations
  • Wedding Music
  • Pipe Organs
  • Trinity Cathedral
  • Stephens, Norris
  • Organ Artist Series Of Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 285
Name: Elliott, Baron
Date of Interview: 09/21/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: Baron Elliott Orchestra
Date of Death: 02/04/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Interviewed by: Paul Roth
Topics Covered:

  • Baron Elliott Orchestra
  • WJAS Radio
  • May, Billy
  • WCAE Radio
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra Sound
  • William Penn Hotel
  • Bill Green's Nightclub
  • Pittsburgh Nightclubs
  • Pittsburgh Ballrooms
  • Baron Elliot Octet


Number: OHMP 286
Name: Salamon, Joe
Date of Interview: 02/09/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist at various cafes and clubs.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Ship Café
  • Singalong Music
  • Gallagher's Pub
  • Gaslight Club
  • University Club
  • Piano Bars
  • D'Amico's Restaurant


Number: OHMP 287
Name: Yearsley, Ted (Theodore)
Date of Interview: 04/07/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Director - Westinghouse Male Chorus and Rockwell Chorus.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Yearsley, Earle T.
  • KDKA Radio
  • Musical Americana (radio program)
  • Bodycombe, Aneurin
  • WWSW Radio
  • Ambassador Quartet (vocal)
  • Rockwell Chorus
  • Waring, Fred
  • Concerto Room
  • Westinghouse Male Chorus
  • Will Roland (Ryshanek) Orchestra
  • Neff, Ernie
  • Armstrong, Bernie
  • Radio Concerts


Number: OHMP 288
Name: Dell, William
Date of Interview: 04/13/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Wee Jams (musical group).
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Wee Jams (musical group)
  • Swing Music in 1999


Number: OHMP 289
Name: Bubas, Joseph
Date of Interview: 04/20/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Tamburitza band. Flamenco guitar.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder and supplimentary recording. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Selo Tamburitza Band
  • Croatian Clubs
  • Pittsburgh Classical And Flamenco Guitar Society
  • Flamenco Guitar In Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 290
Name: Davies, Richard (Reverend)
Date of Interview: 04/27/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Minister - Old St. Luke's Church.
Added Information: Printed materials and supplimentary recording in folder. See recording Organ Music from Old St. Luke's (click link) provided at the time of the interview.
Topics Covered:

  • Old St. Luke's Church
  • Old St. Luke's Church Organ
  • Zuck, Victor, Reverend
  • Hardy, Mary Craft
  • Wedding Music at Old St. Luke's
  • St. David's Society
  • Welsh Hymn Singing


Number: OHMP 291
Name: Beck, Sister Donna Marie
Date of Interview: 05/07/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Director - Music Therapy Department at Duquesne University.
Added Information: Printed materials and two VCR tapes in folder.
Topics Covered:

  • Frisch, Wilbert
  • Micheaux, Joseph
  • Rauterkaus, Joseph
  • Music Therapy
  • Pittsburgh Diocesan Schools Music
  • Gray, Richard
  • Duquesne University Music Therapy Program
  • Sisters Symphony of Pittsburgh


Number: OHMP 292
Name: Strotmyer, Maureen
Date of Interview: 05/11/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Irish music. Pittsburgh Ceili Club.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Ceili Club
  • Irish Dancing
  • Pittsburgh Folk Festival
  • Irish Musical Instruments
  • Clannagale Irish Dance Group


Number: OHMP 293
Name: Schneiderman, William
Date of Interview: 05/17/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Tympanist and percussionist - Pittsburgh Symphony.
Date of Death: 09/12/2005
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Syria Mosque
  • Reiner, Fritz
  • Paray, Paul
  • Bakaleinikoff, Vladimir
  • Pittsburgh Sinfonietta
  • Steinberg, William
  • Previn, Andre
  • Hendl, Walter
  • Carnegie Tech Department of Music
  • Community Band South
  • Duquesne University School of Music


Number: OHMP 294
Name: Scandrol, Janet
Date of Interview: 07/01/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Pianist, violinist, string teacher.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Carnegie Tech Department of Music
  • Dorian, Frederick
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Carnegie Civic Symphony
  • Strange, Richard
  • Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra
  • Stock, David
  • Gallagher, Ian
  • Lockhart, Keith
  • Burkhart, Bill
  • Lauffer, Bruce
  • Scandrol, Paul
  • Dipasquale, Henry
  • Italian Wind Bands


Number: OHMP 295
Name: Kondrat, Gloria C.
Date of Interview: 07/13/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Band singer and choir soloist.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Welsh Hymn Singing (Gyman-fa Gamu)
  • Collins, Edward
  • Monroeville United Methodist Church
  • Welsh Merry Evening of Song (Noson Llawen)
  • St. David's Society


Number: OHMP 296
Name: Bohn, Fred
Date of Interview: 08/13/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Record store owner and record collector.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Used records
  • Attic Record Store
  • Rhino Records
  • Pittsburgh Records
  • Pittsburgh Old Record Collectors Club


Number: OHMP 297
Name: Apone, Carl
Date of Interview: 11/15/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Music critic from the Pittsburgh Press. Executive Director of Music for Mt. Lebanon.
Date of Death: 03/19/2010
Added Information: Transcript of interview and other printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Press Music Critic; Music Criticism
  • Maazel, Lorin
  • Stock, David
  • Y Music Society
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Karp, Richard
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Music for Mt. Lebanon
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Civic Light Opera
  • Wymetal, William
  • Steinberg, William
  • Previn, Andre


Number: OHMP 298
Name: Klein, Travis
Date of Interview: 11/30/1999
Occupation/Affiliation: Record producer and owner of Itzy Records.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Black Artist Records
  • Rock And Roll Music In Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh's Greatest Hits- Album
  • Chedwick, Porky
  • Pittsburgh Old Record Collectors' Club
  • Itzy Records
  • Leeds, Allen
  • Charles, Chismo
  • Jazz in 1999
  • Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Jazz Series
  • Marketing Popular Music Records
  • Rap Music


Number: OHMP 299
Name: Reichenfeld, Eugene
Date of Interview: 01/03/2000
Occupation/Affiliation: Conductor. Public school music teacher.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Gypsy violinists
  • Klein, Marcus
  • Penn Hills school district
  • Wilkinsburg school district
  • Racism in public schools
  • Turtle Creek public schools
  • Westinghouse Center Symphony
  • Wilkinsburg Civic Symphony
  • Kennerdell Festival Symphony
  • Reichenfeld String Sinfonietta
  • Wilson, Bert
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference
  • Programming concerts


Number: OHMP 300
Name: Hershey, Suzanne
Date of Interview: 03/03/2000
Occupation/Affiliation: Harp
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Freelance harp playing in Pittsburgh
  • Harp repertoire in public and private venues
  • Wedding music


Number: OHMP 301
Name: Jones, Robert L. "Bobby," Jr.
Date of Interview: 03/14/2000
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz piano, organ, saxophone.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Jones, Robert L., Sr.
  • Bobby Jones Organ Trio
  • Lincoln Elks marching band
  • Pittsburgh Black Elks marching band
  • George Gee and the Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra
  • Rogers, Tim and the Western Swing Band
  • Roger Humphries Big Band
  • Ramon Morris Band
  • Bob Jones Quartet
  • Jackson, Bullmoose


Number: OHMP 302
Name: Littman, Henrietta
Date of Interview: 03/30/2000
Occupation/Affiliation: Popular vocalist
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Latterman, Dorothy Rosenberg
  • Heller, Shirley
  • Those Three Girls (vocal group)
  • Baxter, Jeannie Galbreath
  • The Three Belles (vocal group)
  • Sophisticated Ladies (vocal group)
  • Benedum Center grand opening
  • WCAE Radio
  • Network radio
  • Heidt, Horace


Number: OHMP 303
Name: Zarnich, Joe
Date of Interview: 09/13/2000
Occupation/Affiliation: Accordion
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See recording by Joe Zarnich (click link) provided at the time of the interview.
Topics Covered:

  • Accordion
  • Polish Aristocrats (orchestra)
  • Schramm, Marty
  • Four Kings and a Queen (musical group)
  • Hotel Henry-Silver Grill
  • Spitalny, Maurice
  • Elliott, Baron
  • Cordovox
  • Wedding music
  • Volkwein, Carl
  • Tri-State Music Festival Association


Number: OHMP 304
Name: Hendry, Leonard "Len"
Date of Interview: 09/18/2000
Occupation/Affiliation: Trumpet and radio host.
Date of Death: 03/31/2006
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Max Adkins
  • Dance bands
  • Allegheny High School
  • Howard Swayne Band
  • Rehearsal bands
  • Ballrooms
  • Stanley Theater
  • Territory bands
  • Bob King
  • WYEP Radio
  • WDUQ Radio
  • Let's Dance (radio program)
  • Remember When (radio program)


Number: OHMP 305
Name: Kovach, Gerald "Jerry"
Date of Interview: 01/25/2001
Occupation/Affiliation: Steel City Boogie Club
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Swing music
  • Chedwick, Porky
  • White Elephant Night Club
  • Steel City Boogie Club
  • Swing dancing
  • Boogie in the 'Burgh


Number: OHMP 306
Name: Kaelin, Ronald
Date of Interview: 01/29/2001
Occupation/Affiliation: Member, Glorious Rebirth and Renaissance City Men's Choir.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • St. Therese of Avila Choir
  • St. Therese Players (musical theater group)
  • Pittsburgh Gay Choir
  • Renaissance City Men's Choir
  • Marietta, Larry
  • Kelly-Strayhorn Theater opening
  • Rushing, Darlene Durrwachter


Number: OHMP 307
Name: Esser, Ronald
Date of Interview: 02/05/2001
Occupation/Affiliation: Club owner. Pittsburgh Blues Festival.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Wood Street (rock band)
  • King's Court Theater
  • The Decade (night club)
  • Harris, Phil (Wood Street band)
  • Marco Antonio's (club)
  • Graffiti (night club)
  • Pollichicio, Tony (DiNardo)
  • Moondog's (club)
  • Pittsburgh Blues Festival


Number: OHMP 308
Name: Dobie, William C.
Date of Interview: 12/09/2002
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz record collector
Date of Death: 06/11/2003
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Dobie, Wilma
  • Sullivan, Maxine
  • Pittsburgh Bulletin Index
  • Benjamin Harrison Literary Club
  • Marable, Fate
  • Hines, Earl
  • Bill Green's Night Club
  • Heller, Jackie
  • Litman, Lennie
  • Jazz record collecting


Number: OHMP 309
Name: Verri, Fran
Date of Interview: 12/16/2002
Occupation/Affiliation: Manager, National Record Mart.
Topics Covered:

  • Marianna's Saxophone Orchestra
  • Jimmy Zumo Orchestra
  • National Record Mart
  • Concert ticket sales offsite
  • Travolta, John
  • Absalom, John
  • Posvar, Mildred Miller
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Weinstein, Mark
  • Shapiro, Sam


Number: OHMP 310
Name: Croan, Robert
Date of Interview: 07/08/2003
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Music Critic
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Music Critic
  • Pittsburgh Point (newspaper)
  • Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
  • Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
  • Levin, Stanley
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Renaissance and Baroque Society
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Pittsburgh Opera Center


Number: OHMP 311
Name: Shovlin, Peter
Date of Interview: 07/21/2003
Occupation/Affiliation: Irish Fiddler
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Irish community
  • Folk music
  • Comhaltas-Irish music support group
  • Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle
  • Ceili dancing
  • Feis-stepdancing competition
  • Irish musical instruments
  • Donegal style Irish music
  • Hololy-traditional Irish band
  • Foley, Bruce
  • Calliope House
  • Fiddle making


Number: OHMP 312
Name: Kerin, Frank
Date of Interview: 07/23/2003
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Opera - chorus, supporting roles, AEMA representative
Topics Covered:

  • Westinghouse Male Chorus
  • Karp, Richard
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Syria Mosque
  • Heinz Hall
  • Black Opera Singers
  • Karp, Barbara
  • American Guild of Musical Artists
  • Capobianco, Tito
  • McCullough, C. Hax (is third voice)


Number: OHMP 312 A
Name: Levy, Maurice
Date of Interview: 09/23/1998
Occupation/Affiliation: OHMP Interviewer
Interviewed by: Kathie Logan
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • OHMP Interviews


Number: OHMP 313
Name: Melle, Carole
Date of Interview: 07/31/2003
Occupation/Affiliation: Singer in various woman's groups
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Anderson, Joyce
  • Sounds of Pittsburgh (women's chorus)
  • Woods, Glenn
  • Sweet Adelines
  • Women's barbershop chorus repertoire
  • Performance royalties
  • Women's barbershop quartets


Number: OHMP 314
Name: Pinza, Claudia
Date of Interview: 09/13/2003
Occupation/Affiliation: Opera singer and teacher. Daughter of Ezio Pinza.
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Pinza, Ezio
  • Duquesne University Opera Workshop
  • Glavin, Kevin
  • EPCASO (Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera)
  • Opera with Claudia (radio program)


Number: OHMP 315
Name: Thompson, Barbara
Date of Interview: 10/21/2003
Occupation/Affiliation: Pittsburgh Public Schools - Gateway to Music
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Thompson, Tommy
  • Cohen, Fannie
  • Gateway to Music
  • Susen, Phyllis
  • Three Rivers Training Orchestra
  • Goldberg, Bernard
  • Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra
  • Campbell, Estelle
  • Byham Theater
  • Ross, Paul
  • Ross, Charlotta
  • Three Rivers Young Peoples Symphonette


Number: OHMP 316
Name: Taube, Moshe
Date of Interview: 10/26/2003
Occupation/Affiliation: Cantor at Beth Shalom
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Mandelbaum, Yossele
  • Jewish cantorial practices
  • Julliard School
  • Shaare Zedeck Congragation
  • Beth Shalom Congregation
  • Duquesne University School of Music
  • Composing music


Number: OHMP 318
Name: Lehman, Ray
Date of Interview: 09/08/2005
Occupation/Affiliation: Radio host for The Pittsburgh Symphony
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Bernstein, Leonard
  • Huot Art School
  • George Heide School of Radio and Television Arts
  • WWSW Radio
  • Pittsburgh Symphony, Broadcasts of
  • Dorian, Frederick
  • Enoch Light
  • Lopatnikoff, Nikolai
  • Cunningham, Jim
  • The Golden Hour (classical music on WWSW)


Number: OHMP 319
Name: Ludwig, Gene
Date of Interview: 02/17/2007
Occupation/Affiliation: Jazz organist (Hammond B-3) and bandleader.
Interviewed by: Carlos Peña
Added Information: Printed materials in folder. See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Topics Covered:

  • Rhythm and Blues
  • Jazz
  • Gelispie, Randy (drummer)
  • Price, Billy
  • Atlantic Records (NYC)
  • La Vere Records (PGH)
  • Kennedy, Joe, Jr.
  • Kennedy, Joe, Sr.
  • Duquesne University Jazz Band
  • Travis Records (PGH)
  • Klien, Travis
  • Glenn Campbell Recording Studios (PGH)
  • Hurricane Club
  • Stitt, Sonny
  • Ge-Lu Records (PGH)
  • Steel City Records (PGH)
  • Maddox, Walt
  • James, Billy (drummer)
  • Servico Corp. (hotel chain)
  • Prysock, Arthur
  • Hammond Organ - Styles
  • Hammond Organ - Technique


Number: OHMP 320
Name: Fulton, Rev. Bobby
Date of Interview: 2/24/2007
Occupation/Affiliation: Gospel keyboardist, reverend, music producer and writer
Interviewed by: Carlos Peña
Topics Covered:

  • Black Circle Records
  • Luther DeJarunette
  • Market Square
  • Dr. Nathan Davis
  • Floyd Beck
  • Larry McGee
  • Gospel Music Ministries International
  • T.H.A.T. (local vocal group)
  • Eunice Smith (local gospel musician)
  • Supertown (record label)


Number: OHMP 321
Name: Mervis, Scott
Date of Interview: 9/30/2005
Occupation/Affiliation: Editor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Weekend Magazine
Added Information: Printed materials in folder
Topics Covered:

  • Joe Grusheky and the Iron City House Rockers
  • Decade Night Club
  • Electric Banana Night Club
  • Graffiti Night Club
  • Competition between club owners
  • Carsickness, The Five
  • Affordable Floors, Hector in Paris, The Clarks, Rusted Root
  • Billy Price, Keystone Rhythm Band
  • Chief’s (Dive Bar)
  • Heaven Night Club
  • Syria Mosque
  • Stanley Theater
  • “Save the Syria Mosque”
  • Civic Arena
  • Three Rivers Stadium
  • Club Laga
  • Cynics, ATS, B-3’s, Rusted Root, Local Pittsburgh Bands
  • Metropol and Rosebud
  • Mr. Small’s Funhouse
  • Rex Theater
  • Beehive
  • Club Café
  • Nick’s Fat City
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Hartwood Acres
  • Post Gazette Pavilion, Starlake Amphitheater
  • I. C. Light Amphitheater


Number: OHMP 322
Name: Vales, Joseph
Date of Interview: 2003?
Occupation/Affiliation: Senior Vice President of the Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Opera, from 1990-2001, Life Board Member
Date of Death: 10/01/2008
Interviewed by: Hax McCullough

  • Interview for preparation of McCullough's book The Illustrated History of Opera In Pittsburgh - qML1711.8 .P6 P58 2005x
  • Donated by wife Jean McCullough 9/2008


Number: OHMP 323
Name: Hahn, Christopher
Date of Interview: 9/17/2003
Occupation/Affiliation: Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Opera
Added Information: See also Pittsburgh Music Information File.
Interviewed by: Hax McCullough

  • Interview for preparation of McCullough's book The Illustrated History of Opera In Pittsburgh - qML1711.8 .P6 P58 2005x
  • Donated by wife Jean McCullough 9/2008


Number: OHMP 324
Recordings from Paul F. Roth: Items with a Pittsburgh Connection
This recording is from a cassette tape that was put together from LP records. The records are from the collection of Paul F. Roth, a personal friend of Maurice Levy, the interviewer of most of the OHMP interviews.
Featured Artists:

  • Benny Goodman Orchestra
  • Buzz Aston
  • Baron Elliot and his Stardust Melodies Orchestra
  • Slim Bryant and his Wildcats
  • Tommy Carlyn’s Orchestra
  • Art Pallan
  • Lee Kelton Orchestra
  • Rege Cordic & Co.
  • Joe Negri Trio
  • Bob Trow Chorus