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Veda Reynolds collection


Held at: Curtis Institute of Music Archives [Contact Us]1720 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Curtis Institute of Music Archives. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Veda Reynolds was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1922. Coming from a musical family (her father was concertmaster of the Denver Symphony Orchestra), Veda trained at the Brussels Conservatory, in Paris with Ivan Galamian and in London with Carl Flesch. In 1938 she was accepted to the Curtis Instiute of Music where she studied under Efrem Zimbalist. Graduating in 1942, she joined the Curtis faculty (1942-1961) and became a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra where she was assistant concertmaster for the 1958-59 season. Reynolds also formed the Philadelphia String Quartet with three other members of the orchestra, but the group cut ties with the orchestra in 1966 under significant resistance from its administration. Moving across the country, the Quartet then became the quartet-in-residence of the University of Washington. In later years Reynolds taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts (1975-1977) and at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon after moving to France. Her students included Joseph Silverstein, David Harrington, Michael Tree, and William de Pasquale.

The collection is arranged into the following series: 1. Correspondence and memorabilia 2. Recordings

Donated by family members, fellow students at the Curtis Institute of Music, and former students of Veda Reynolds.

Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Finding Aid Author
Barbara Benedett
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Collection Inventory

Celebration of a Life, September 24, 2000, 2000.
Box 01 Folder 01
Printed memoir: Veda Reynolds in "La Chanterelle" (Conservatoire National de Region de Clermont-Ferrand) by Helene and Raphael Chenot-Friberg, former students at Lyon, 2000.
Box 01 Folder 02
Materials donated by Howard Guerber (cousin), circa 1926-1959.
Box 01 Folder 03
Materials donated by David and Regan Harrington, not dated.
Box 01 Folder 04
Hooton, Cynthia; postcard from Veda Reynolds, 1958.
Box 01 Folder 05

Oral history interview with Veda Reynolds conducted by Diana Steiner (VHS and Sony Digital Video), July 1999.
"The Unknown Fiddler from Santa Barbara" (video), March 1993.
Scope and Contents

Documentary on the violinist, Gilles Apap; filmed in Santa Barbara, California.

Recordings of Veda Reynolds (violin) and Noel Lee (piano) during a tour in Paris and Copenhagen (converted analog tapes on 2 CDs), circa 1982.
Box 01 Media/Data Case 04
Conditions Governing Use

Donor stipulates that recordings are to be used for research purposes only, not for commercial use or reproduction.

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