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Barbara Tagg Collection on the Syracuse Children's Chorus

An inventory of her collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Tagg, Barbara.
Title: Barbara Tagg Collection on the Syracuse Children's Chorus
Dates: 1981-2018
Size: 12 boxes (5.5 linear feet)
Abstract: Materials related to Barbara Tagg's work as director and founder of the Syracuse Children's Chorus
Language: English
Repository: University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries

Historical Note

The Syracuse Children’s Chorus was founded in 1981 by Barbara Tagg, who served as director until 2010. Tagg founded the chorus out of a desire to provide children an opportunity to challenge themselves musically, hone their skills and sing with other children looking for a meaningful choral experience. The Syracuse Children's Chorus was one of the first of its kind in the United States and at the forefront of the American children's choir movement. The chorus started out with 53 choristers, ages 8 to 17, in its first year and eventually grew to include close to 200 choristers divided into several smaller choirs. In addition to several self-produced concerts per season, the chorus has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and traveled as far as Wales and China to perform. Throughout its life span the Syracuse Children's Chorus has commissioned and premiered music from composers around the globe.

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Scope and Content Note

The Barbara Tagg Collection on the Syracuse Children's Chorus spans from 1981 to 2018 and documents the history of the organization. The collection is divided into three series:

The Associated materials series encompasses various items related to the Syracuse Children's Chorus, including a book written by Tagg about running a children's chorus, her doctoral dissertation and recordings of the chorus.

The Handbooks series consists of a handbook for each choral season from 1981 to 2010 and includes handbooks for specific tours from 1998 to 2006.

The Scrapbooks series is the most extensive, spans from 1981 to 2010 and documents the various performances and tours of the chorus throughout Tagg's time as director through newspaper clippings, concert programs, travel brochures and photographs. Tagg had originally collected these materials in a series of binders, which were disassembled for preservation reasons.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Access to media requires advance notice to produce a use copy.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The University Archives holds clipping files on Barbara Tagg and the Syracuse Children's Choir.

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Selected Search Terms


Tagg, Barbara.
Syracuse Children's Chorus.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Ensemble singing.
College teachers.
Higher education.

Types of material

Clippings (information artifacts)
Concert programs.
Sound recordings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Barbara Tagg Collection on the Syracuse Children's Chorus,
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Barbara Tagg donated her collection in multiple parts to the University Archives in 2018.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused in folders and boxes and scrapbooks were disassembled with the original organization preserved.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Nicole Morello
Date: 2018
Revision history: 2020 - 0.25 linear foot added (MAM)

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Materials are arranged alphabetically or chronologically within series.

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Associated materials
Box 1 Before the singing: structuring children's chorus for success 2013
Box 1 The Jane Rand story 1998
Box 1 National directory of children's choirs in America 1991
Box 1 Beyond the notes, a film by Christina Matula [sic] 2005 - post-it note inside the DVD box reads: "SU Setnor School of Music, graduate student project, Christina Matula, 2005". (DVD; running time 28:00) (ID#: sua_scc_tagg_b_004)
Developing connection with the music for a more meaningful choral experience, featuring Dr. Barbara Tagg and the Syracuse Children's Chorus.
Box 1 Syracuse Children's Chorus: celebrating 25 years (1981-2006) 1981-2006 - CD with 30 tracks of various genres. Barbara Tagg is the founder and artistic director of (CD) (ID#: sua_scc_tagg_b_001)
Box 1 Syracuse Children's Chorus: music set free - CD with 19 tracks of various genres. (CD) (ID#: sua_scc_tagg_b_002)
"Music lies in the hearts of children waiting to be set free" - Samantha Beadel, SCC chorister
Box 1 Voices of innocence: the Syracuse Children's Chorus sings the music of Gregg Smith May 8, 2002; May 8, 2003; July 30, 2003; May 24, 2004 - CD with 17 tracks, recorded at Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University and Most Holy Rosary Church, Syracuse, NY. (CD; running time 51:57) (ID#: sua_scc_tagg_b_003)
Box 1 Sharing the choral experience 2002-2010
Box 1 Vita - Barbara M. Tagg 2018
Box 1 General 1981-1991
Box 2 General 1994-2010 (4 folders)
Box 2 Tour handbooks 1998-2006 (2 folders)
Box 3 #1 1981 - December 1985 (3 folders)
Box 4 #2 January 1986-March 1990 (4 folders)
Box 12 #2 additional materials 1986-1990 (2 folders)
Box 3 #3 January 1990-May 1991 (3 folders)
Box 5 #3 January 1990-May 1991 (2 folders)
Box 5 #4 May 1991-June 1992 (4 folders)
Box 4 #5 July 1992-May 1993
Box 6 #5 July 1992-May 1993
Box 6 #6 June 1993-December 1993 (2 folders)
FC 2-1 #6 June 1993-December 1993 Oversize
Box 6 #7 January 1994-December 1995 (3 folders)
Box 7 #7 January 1994-December 1995
Box 12 #7 additional materials 1994-1995
Box 7 #8 January 1996-December 1997 (3 folders)
Box 5 #9 January 1998-December 1999
Box 8 #9 January 1998-December 1999 (3 folders)
Box 8 #10 January 2000-December 2001 (3 folders)
Box 9 #10 January 2000-December 2001 (2 folders)
Box 9 #11 January 2002-December 2003 (3 folders)
Box 7 #12 January 2004-May 2005 (3 folders)
Box 9 #13 December 2005-May 2007
Box 10 #13 December 2005-May 2007 (3 folders)
Box 10 #14 June 2007-May 2009 (3 folders)
Box 11 #14 June 2007-May 2009
Box 11 #15 June 2009-June 2010 (3 folders)

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