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Men's Music Club of Winnipeg fonds, 1915-1980

MSS 11

92 cm of textual records

The Club was founded by a group of 40 businessmen in December 1915 for the purpose of promoting the art of music. Recitals were held initially every Saturday evening at the Royal Alexander Hotel. Within the first couple of years membership figures averaged around 120 of which approximately thirty per cent were professional musicians. In 1916 the Club organized a Male Voice Quartet which eventually became the famous Winnipeg Male Voice Choir under the leadership of Hugh Ross. In 1919 the Manitoba Musical Competition Festival was organized followed by the Boys Choir under the conductorship of Miss Ethel Kinley in 1925. The Philharmonic Choir was formed independently in 1922 under the leadership of the Club conductor, Hugh Ross. The Philharmonic Choir was taken over by the Club as one of its sections. In 1946 The Civic Music League was formed by the Club and, through it, the formation of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Donated by the Men's Music Club, 1980

The collection contains membership records, constitution and by-laws, correspondence, minutes of meetings, programs, publicity brochures, and a history.

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