Elaine Mack Recorded Interviews About Classical Music

Institution: Columbia College Chicago - Center for Black Music Research
618 South Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: (312) 369-7586
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Extent: 1 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Elaine Mack is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a professional cellist. Raised in a musical family, she attended Catholic schools in Chicago, beginning her cello studies at the age of 14. As a student of Karl Fruh, she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in cello performance from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, now known as the Chicago College of the Performing Arts. She began her professional music career at the age of 19, performing in musicals such as "Raisin", "The Wiz", "The King and I", "Cabaret", and "Dreamgirls", as well as symphonic, operatic, chamber, and solo repertoire. She was a recipient of a Music Assistance Fund Fellowship which enabled her to work in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for one season, and was a founding member of the Black Music Repertory Ensemble, which toured nationwide.

Scope and Content Note:
The collection consists of audio recordings of interviews conducted by Elaine Mack with African American classical musicians in Philadelphia. The interviews were subsequently edited and published as Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia: Oral Histories Covering Four Generations (Little Rock: Writing Our World, 2009).

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