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Northern Virginia Music Center at Reston collection

Identifier: C0191


The Northern Virginia Music Center at Reston collection contains correspondence, articles, photographs, and 56 audiotape reels related to music center. Photographs include both images of performances as well as publicity shots of the musicians.


  • Creation: 1967-1979


Access Restrictions

Only the digitized recordings are available for listening.

Use Restrictions

The copyright and related rights status of this collection have not been evaluated (See

Historical Information

The Northern Virginia Music Center at Reston was established in 1967, and held its first summer camp for young musicians that same year. Initially, its founders aspired to develop the summer camp into a full-faculty, national summer music training program that would eventually become a year-round high school for the performing arts. Although it never developed into a high school, the Center did manage to draw 150 talented student enrollees who came not only from the Greater Washington area, but also from 30 states and a half dozen foreign countries. From 1969-1972, the Music Center faculty and students held regular concerts in Northern Virginia. In 1972, students and faculty traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland, to participate in a series of concerts. By the mid-1970s, the Music Center encountered budget problems, and many board members, including the president, Paul S. Frick, resigned and the Center gradually dissolved. The collection contains some materials from 1978 since some students and faculty from the Center later became associated with the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony Association.


3.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

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Series 1: Music Center Papers, 1967-1979, consists of correspondence, programs, articles, and photographs documenting the Center and its performances. Funding, budget, board minutes, member mailings, photographs, and resumes of musicians visiting the Center constitute the bulk of the materials in series 1. The photographs include both images of performances as well as publicity shots of musicians. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 2: Reston Recordings, is a collection of 56 audiotape reels containing Music Center performances by both faculty and students from 1969-1972. This series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the recorded performance.

Series 3: consists of digitized duplicates of the recordings in Series 2. There are audio discs of the recordings as well as digital files on an external drive. The arrangement follows that of Series.


This collection is arranged by subject.


  1. Series 1: Music Center Papers 1967-1979 (Boxes 1-2)
  2. Series 2: Reston Recordings 1969-1972 (Boxes 2-6)
  3. Series 3: Digital Duplicates, 1969-1972 (Boxes 7-9)

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Loren Bruce (Reston Historical Trust).

Related Materials

The Special Collections Research Center also holds many other collections on Reston, Virginia.

Processing Information

Processed in November 2011 by Kate Grauvogel. EAD markup completed in January, 2012 by Kate Grauvogel and Jordan Patty. Finding aid updated by Amanda Menjivar in September 2022.

Guide to the Northern Virginia Music Center at Reston collection
Northern Virginia Music Center at Reston collection
Kate Grauvogel
November 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center Repository

Fenwick Library, MS2FL
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax Virginia 22030 United States
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