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Research Bibliographies

Senza Sordino Catalog
The complete archive of Senza Sordino, dating back to the first issue in January of 1963, is now available on the ICSOM website (click here to be redirected).

The Orchestra Musician Forum (OMF) and its website, Polyphonic.org was funded by a gift of from the Symphony Orchestra Institute (SOI), which was founded in 1994 by Paul R. Judy. The first issue of Harmony, the SOI's periodical, was published in October 1995. Included was an extensive bibliography of the literature about symphony organizations written since 1960, compiled for the SOI by Erin V. Lehman, Ph.D. In an accompanying essay, Symphony Orchestra Organizations: Development of the Literature Since 1960, Erin provided a brief exposition of the primary works in this reference list. In subsequent issues of Harmony, the Institute added many works to this basic bibliography, including the content of Harmony.

To further assist parties interested in research and writing about symphony orchestra organizations, or better understanding them, Polyphonic.org continues to update this bibliography. In addition, we have significantly enhanced the useability of it by adding appropriate key words to each entry, as well as the ability to search the bibliography by author, topics, or key words. In addition, where we have been able to find a web link to the entry, we have provided that link. We hope you will find these enhancements to be timesaving and valuable in your research.

Polyphonic.org welcomes additional suggestions as to how to make this bibliography more useful and informative. Also welcome are suggestions for additions to it.

Polyphonic.org has copyrighted this bibliography, but readers are encouraged to "copy and paste" from the listings to assist in their research.

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The State of the (Dis)Union


Buckley, Brad
Senza Sordino: 1990
Keywords: unions, orchestras

The Roehl Report - Narrowing the Rift Between the AFM and Player Conferences


Roehl, William E
Senza Sordino: 1990
Keywords: Roehl, AFM, conferences

Money Talk


Rich, Alan
Symphony Magazine: 1990

Doors Were Closed, Hearts Were Open - National Symphony Tours Soviet Union


Torch, Deborah
Senza Sordino: 1990
Keywords: National, Symphony, Soviet Union

Secession and Settlement


Bargreen, Melinda
Symphony Magazine: 1990
Keywords: settlement, orchestra, secession

Settlement Summaries


Senza Sordino: 1990
Keywords: ICSOM, settlement

Congressman Sidney R. Yates: A Champion of the Arts


Angus, David
Senza Sordino: 1990
Keywords: Sidney, Yates, congressman

Report from Cleveland


Sigman, Matthew
Symphony Magazine: 1989
Keywords: Cleveland

Prescription for Survival


Morris, Thomas W
Symphony Magazine: 1989

Music Matters: The Performer and the American Federation of Musicians


Seltzer, George
Scarecrow Press, Inc: 1989
Keywords: union, AFM, economy

The Symphony Orchestra: Death or Transfiguration?


The Cleveland Institute of Music
Transcript of notes and excerts from a symposium: 1989
Keywords: symphony, change

In Concert: Onstage and Offstage with the Boston Symphony Orchestra 14


Vigeland, Carl A.
University of Massachusetts Press: 1989
Keywords: Ozawa Schlueter, Tanglewood